Human Resources | CIPD HR Support | Level 3 Apprenticeship

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Course Code: APPROB-1C Cohort 5 Course Type: Apprenticeships Duration: 19 months (including End Point Assessment) Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements section Assessment: Multiple assessment methods (no exams) Qualification: CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice Awarding Body: CIPD

Why this apprenticeship?

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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.

The course is delivered via remote weekly live sessions.

This apprenticeship will provide you with an excellent foundation for a career in Human Resources. If you are already working in HR at a small, medium or large organisation - this apprenticeship could be perfect for you! 

  • Benefit from industry-expert tutors with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.
  • Learn while you earn, with this remote learning experience including live weekly remote classes and 24/7 access to course materials and Google classroom. 
  • Be inspired by guest speakers including HR Directors, Employment Law experts and Mental Health professionals. 
  • Be supported by a professional End Point Assessment Organisation who will provide you with the toolkit for success.
  • Join the CIPD as a student member and gain access to People Mgt Magazine, National CIPD Brand events and research/study material.

Want to find out what it's like to be a GB MET apprentice? Louis Perkins studied our Level 3 HR apprenticeship and now has his dream job.

"Getting into HR is very difficult without having a CIPD so this scheme was perfect. I found HR really interesting and each day was different so I was keen to start a career in it".

We are transitioning to new CIPD qualification framework so our next intake will be studying the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice qualification as part of the apprenticeship programme. 

Our start dates come with two options:
  • Infill place on Wednesday evening (5.30pm - 8.00pm) CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice – Pelham Campus
Tutorials and workshops will be in addition and will be booked in the daytime
Start Dates: 24/1/23 & 15/5/23


  • alumni Views Layla Tobola Human Resources | CIPD HR Support | Level 3 Apprenticeship

    I had been in retail management for over 15 years and felt exhausted and in need of a big change. I then saw an apprenticeship opportunity where I could work at the College alongside studying there, which was perfect for me as I’m a learn-best-by-doing type of person. The beauty of an apprenticeship, as opposed to regular study, is that it provides genuine hands-on experience and supports what you’re learning about.  Issues and topics that I touched on at work would come up in lessons many times. This way, the apprenticeship enabled me to learn quicker with a deeper understanding through practice, giving me a strong start to my career in HR. I continue to notice that my professional confidence is building. Through the apprenticeship and course, I have gained a wealth of knowledge about many areas of HR, including employee engagement and talent planning.

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?

This apprenticeship provides learners with an excellent foundation for a career in Human Resources. If you are already working in HR at a small, medium or large organisation - this apprenticeship could be perfect for you! 

  • Industry-expert tutors
  • Accredited CIPD qualification (which not all training providers are able to offer)
  • Remote delivery (and occasional in-person workshops)
  • Guest speakers such as Employment Lawyers, HR Directors and Mental Health experts.
  • Partnered with a supportive End Point Assessment Organisation.
  • Join the CIPD as a student member to gain access to additional benefits

The objective of the qualification is to support your role in the workplace, providing the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills as part of an apprenticeship. The course has been designed to incorporate real-life case study examples into the programme to underpin the Apprenticeship Standards and CIPD qualification academic curriculum content.

This standard will support you to achieve:

  • Understanding of how a typical business operates
  • Overview of the role and focus of HR within organisations including service delivery
  • Develop an understanding of HR systems, tools, processes and information
  • Principles of good HR legislation and the HR policy framework of the organisation
  • Develop effective communication, interpersonal, problem solving and team-work
  • Manage personal performance and development

We partner with a supportive End Point Assessment Organisation (EAPO), who provides EPA toolkits and mock assessment workshops to enable successful progress through a Consultative Project and Professional Discussion which is part of the EPA process.

For more detailed information please visit the Institute for Apprentices website

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.

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

The successful apprentice may be eligible to apply for Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or any other professional body that recognises this apprenticeship within its membership criteria (membership is subject to the professional bodies own membership requirements).

It forms the foundation of a career within the profession, giving the base for further development through a career path within an organisation and/or through the HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship. The apprentice can choose to stay within core HR or diversify into one of the specialist areas of HR.

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

Cos for an employer: 

For levy payers the maximum funding available for this course is £4,500 which will be taken from your Levy account.

For non-levy payers you will be required to pay a 5% contribution (£225) 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.

Apprentices will need to join CIPD as a Student Member which will give you access to People Mgt Magazine, National CIPD Branch events, full access to all website research material, study materials and HR Helpline. This membership will be paid for by the apprentice or employer.

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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