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Apprenticeships Q&A

Taking an apprenticeship could be the perfect way to be sponsored through your CIPD qualifications. But how does it work?

Join us and our partners, Apprenticeship Recruitment Services for an informative Q&A session on HR and L&D apprenticeships. Find out more and BOOK to attend our next free webinar >

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How to make the most of a HR Apprenticeship?

You can use the Apprenticeship Levy to fund a CIPD Foundation Certificiate in People Practice (Level 3) or a CIPD Associate Diploma People Management (Level 5).

  • If you're an individual, a HR apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to fully fund your CIPD Qualification
  • If you're a business, we provide flexible apprenticeship programmes to help you make the most of your levy
  • If you're an apprenticeship training provider, we can enhance your apprenticeship offering with our CIPD approved qualifications.

Apprenticeships can be a complicated area. One of our CIPD advisers can provide you with the support you need to make sure you understand how to make the most of the apprenticeship levy. We will work with you to tailor a flexible programme so funds are being used to meet your business needs.

An Acacia HR Apprenticeship includes

  • A Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualification in Human Resources
  • A flexible approach to satisfy the 20% off-the-job training requirement
  • CIPD accredited tutors delivering high quality face-to-face or live online sessions
  • Online learning resources to support independent learning
  • Scheduled monthly assessor check-ins with a HR specialist for extra support
  • Graduation and networking events to widen the HR network of your employees
  • CIPD student membership paid for until June 2020

HR Support Apprenticeship (CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice)

Your HR Support apprentice will typically complete the programme in 18 months and achieve a CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice. Depending on your business needs their programme will be tailored to incorporate:

1. Becoming an effective HR Practitioner
2. Understanding the role of HR within your organisation
3. Record, analyse and use HR information
4. Recruitment and resourcing talent
5. Supporting employment relations and employment law
6. Best practice in performance and reward management
7. Supporting change within your organisation
8. Developing people through coaching and mentoring

HR Consultant/Partner Apprenticeship (CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management)

Your HR Consultant apprentice will generally study over approximately 18 months and achieve a CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management. Depending on your business priorities the apprenticeship can be tailored to include:

1. Developing as a HR Manager
2. Exploring business issues within the contexts of HR
3. Using and analysing information in HR
4. Managing and coordinating the HR Function of your organisation
5. Sustainable resource and talent planning
6. Coordinating reward management
7. Implementing coaching and mentoring within an organisation
8. Enhancing employee engagement
9. Understanding employment law

Craig Nagle discusses his Level 5 HR Consultant/Partner Apprenticeship

How your HR Apprenticeship will be assessed

To achieve the CIPD Certificate in Human Resources you will have to complete six written assignments. At Level 3 there will also be practical elements of the assessments. For example, running interviews or coaching sessions.

You will develop one of the written assignments into a longer work based project. You will then take part in a professional discussion to demonstrate that you have met the learning objectives for the programme. This is called the End Point Assessment (EPA).

Who is a HR Apprenticeship for?

For organisations with a wage bill of over £3 million a year, you will pay into the apprenticeship levy.

To make the most of this investment apprenticeships can work to: 

  • Enhance the skills of your existing staff
  • Employ new talent
  • Maximise your return on investment

If your company doesn’t pay into the apprenticeship levy, the government will still fund 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship.

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