Human Resources | CIPD HR Consultant / Business Partner | Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship

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Course Code: APPROB-1C Cohort 5 Course Type: Apprenticeships Duration: Approx 22months. Weekly online sessions, plus End Point Assessment (EPA). Timeframe is dependant upon the readiness of the apprentice to progress to EPA. Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements section Assessment: Multiple assessment methods

Apprenticeship aims and suitability

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Successful employers know that continuing growth, productivity and ability to retain valuable employees relies on providing effective training opportunities. Our range of CIPD Apprenticeship programmes are the perfect way for you to develop and retain your talent.

This apprenticeship provides HR professionals an excellent platform to upskill and further progress their careers in Human Resources. The Apprenticeship Standards can be used for existing HR employees within mid-level and senior roles who are managing complex projects, HR practices and are influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation. It can also be used for new employees, such as graduates who are looking to build a career within HR. 

Apprentices are likely to be working in a generalist role, where they provide support across a range of HR areas; or a specialist role with depth of expertise in areas such as Recruitment, Reward, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Wellbeing & Relations, Organisational Development, Learning & Development or HR Operations.

Why complete a CIPD HR Apprenticeship at GB MET?

We have a strong success rate of delivering HR Apprenticeships since they launched in 2018.  Our apprentices tell us why they have valued their apprenticeship experience with us (with a quarter progressing from Level 3 to Level 5 with us):

  • Our tutors are experienced senior HR Leaders who continue to practice in Industry
  • Our remote delivery & in person workshop learning approach provides flexibility & accessibility
  • We provide engaging, up to date curriculum materials, organisational tools & best practices
  • We invite guest speakers such as Employment Lawyers to share expertise & insights
  • We provide ongoing support for both apprentices & employers via tutorials & progress review meetings
  • Unique to GB MET are our Personal Development workshops & Preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA) workshops to get our apprentices ready for EPA
  • Our 1st for EPA, our End Point Assessment Organisation provides toolkits, Mock Assessments for Professional Discussion to ensure apprentices are set up for success for EPA

Programme Duration & Delivery:

Delivery is offsite and the total programme time is approximately 22 months.  This is broken down into: weekly live classroom & remote based taught sessions (approx. 16 months), EPA preparation support & Gateway meetings (2 months) and EPA (3 months). For the EPA the apprentice has to complete a 5,000 word report of a real workplace project & 75 minute competency discussion.

12/09/22 & 10/01/23


Entry requirements

You must have an employer in place and be in a suitable administration role that covers the themes in the course information tab to complete this apprenticeship.

All prospective new apprentices will complete an initial assessment of their current knowledge skills and behaviours through a skill scan. This must indicate that there is substantial new knowledge skills and behaviours to be learnt by completing this apprenticeship.

A prospective apprentice will also need to show that they are currently working at or towards the minimum L2 skills for Maths and English. Where a learner has not already achieved GCSE grade 4 to 9 (A-C ) or equivalent Level 2 English and Maths Functional Skills, they must do so before taking the end-point assessment.

Entry requirements

Course content

What does this apprenticeship involve?

The objective of the qualification is to support the learner’s role in the workplace, providing the opportunity to learn and evidence knowledge and skills as part of an apprenticeship.

This qualification has been developed to support learners completing the CIPD HR Consultant/Business Partner Apprenticeship Standard and covers the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the standard.

Course content

This standard will support you to achieve:

  • Overview of the structure and responsibilities of the HR function
  • Providing HR technical expertise and ability to advise and coach managers with people & employment relation issues
  • Deliver HR consultancy solutions and HR capability to address specific business needs
  • Principles of HR contribution to effective business projects and change programmes

Qualification aims/objectives/suitability

This apprenticeship provides HR Professionals an excellent platform to upskill and further progress their career in Human Resources. The framework can be used for existing HR employees within mid-level and senior roles who are influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation. It can also be used for new

employees, such as graduates who are looking to build a career within HR. Apprentices are likely to be working in a generalist role, where they provide support across a range of HR areas; or a specialist role with depth of expertise in areas such as Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisational Development, Employee Relations or HR Operations.

Our unique service offerings

  • CIPD Tutors with extensive HR Practitioner experience
  • Guest Speakers such as HR Directors, HR Researchers and Employment Lawyers across a range of sectors
  • Career Clinics to support HR professionals career development
  • Skill-based workshops led by specialist training providers
  • Functional skills qualifications provided if required
  • Individual tutorials, including End-Point Assessment preparation support

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Further information

What can I expect from being an Apprentice?

  • Excellent vocational training.
  • A salary and on-going support from your employer and GB MET.
  • In depth experience, insight and understanding of the business sector you are working in.
  • A clear career path.
  • The opportunity to achieve industry-standard qualifications and even a degree!

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The duration of an apprenticeship depends on:

  • Your experience
  • Your knowledge
  • Your Skill levels
  • The business sector
  • The qualification

Do I need to find an employer?

Yes, you have two options.

Option 1 - The best option is to find an employer yourself who wants to employ you as an apprentice. Once you have done this, simply provide us with the details. We will then contact your employer and handle all the administration so you can begin your apprenticeship at the earliest opportunity.

Option 2 - The GB MET recruitment team will try and find you an employer. The team will firstly invite you for an interview to fully assess your skills and aptitude for your preferred apprenticeship roles and do everything possible to find an employer with a current vacancy or one looking for an apprentice that fits the role you are looking for.

Whichever option applies, our recruitment team is here to guide you through every stage of the process.

Can I undertake an apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes, discuss it with your employer and, if they agree and subject to conditions, you can become an apprentice where you now work.

What time of year can I start an apprenticeship?

You can apply at any time of the year. The start of your work-based training is dependent on your employer and all new Standard apprenticeships must include 20% off-the-job training.

What is off-the-job training?

Training that is delivered outside of an apprentice’s normal working duties.

Off-the-job refers to an apprentice learning outside a regular day-to-day work environment but within working hours.  This includes:

  • Practical activities such as shadowing a more skilled member of staff or ‘off-site’ visits to meet customers or attend a trade show
  • Theoretical activities such as online courses, attending seminars and role playing
  • Learning by writing reports and work-specific documents

Career and progression

Successful completion of this standard enables the apprentice to apply to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Chartered membership can be achieved through further qualifications or experience based assessment.

This apprenticeship could be an entry level role to the business, however, it is more likely to be a progression from a lower level role or apprenticeship, building on the knowledge and skills gained in that role or apprenticeship. On completion of this apprenticeship, the individual will be fully competent in the role and this will give them an in depth knowledge of HR in their chosen option. They can then continue to develop in that option (perhaps through a further apprenticeship), or broaden their HR expertise in another area to develop their career. Separately, there are a range of qualifications available for further study up to post graduate level.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

  • As apprenticeships are now offering routes to degree-level qualifications they have become an increasingly preferred career option.
  • It’s an organic/natural career choice as apprentices are often offered a permanent, full-time position by their employer once training is completed.
  • Certain business sectors offer excellent career potential and the opportunity to earn very competitive salaries.
  • As an apprentice, you get to work alongside experienced staff who will help you to develop job-specific skills – and earn a wage at the same time. Earn while you learn.
  • Many employers hold Apprenticeships in high regard because they offer real industry experience.
  • A successful Apprenticeship provides you with a qualification and the skills you need for your job.

Course fees

Cost for an employer: 

For levy payers the maximum funding available for this course is £7,000 which will be taken from your Levy account.

For non-levy payers you will be required to pay a 5% contribution (£350) and the remaining fees will be paid for from the government. If the apprentice is 16 to 18 and they start the course before their 19th birthday they are entitled to 100% of the funding with no contribution from the employer.

 Wage for an apprentice:

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.81 per hour. This rate applies to those under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeship. As an apprentice, you must be paid at least the minimum wage for your age if you’re aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

The length of program based on someone working 30 hours per week, undertaking the programme for 18 months plus 3 months EPA – If working less than 30 hours per week, the length of the programme is adjusted in line with hours worked.

Course fees


Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.

What levels are available?


Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. This is £4.81 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.


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