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People Professional Apprenticeship

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The Level 5 People Professional Apprenticeship, featuring the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management, is a 22-month programme is designed for apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviour to assist their organisations in achieving their strategic goals by focusing on the People agenda. Learners are supported throughout by our skilled and knowledgeable course mentors. Access is provided to our award-winning learning management system, full of engaging learning material, including videos, voice explainers, and handouts. Learners can also access over 30 tutor-led live online classes.

Typical Job Roles

Diversity and Inclusion Manager | Employee Relations Consultant | HR Business Partner | HR Consultant Partner | HR Generalist | HR Manager | HR Pay and Reward | Organisation Development Consultant | Rewards Consultant | Talent Manager

Course Overview

The Level 5 People Professional Apprenticeship, featuring the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management, equips participants with advanced knowledge and skills essential for expert roles within human resources. The course investigates internal and external data sources that are key to effective people management and explores using people systems to maximise business value. Apprentices will learn about diverse people operating models suited for various business types, from small enterprises to large, complex organisations. This comprehensive programme covers HR functions, including regulatory compliance with data protection and employment legislation, strategic problem-solving, decision-making, and project management. Additionally, the curriculum addresses the latest digital trends and their application in HR practices, commercial and budgetary management, and specialised areas such as equity, diversity, inclusion, and employee wellbeing. Skills training includes stakeholder communication, policy advisement, data analysis, and implementing people solutions to align with business objectives, all while encouraging a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Cost and Funding

The funding limit set for this qualification is £11000. This can be fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy. For Non-Levy payers, it is fully funded for anyone under 22 years of age and up to 95% government-funded for anyone aged 22+ 


    Typical Programme Length

    22 Months

    Programme Level

    Level 5

    Delivery Method

    Blended Learning through online learning, live tutor-led classes and 1 to 1 mentoring.

    End Point Assessment

    Achievement of the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management, completion of a presentation and questioning and a professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence and an assignment

    Professional Recognition

    People Professional Certificate
    CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management
    Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Associate Member


    Apprenticeship Levy paying employers can use their funds for this programme. Employers not paying the Levy can get up to 95% funding. 

    Benefits to Apprentices

    • Apprentices gain advanced skills in managing people, improving workplace culture, and developing people practice initiatives, contributing to their professional growth and expertise in the field.
    • Apprentices can access our award-winning learning management system, which offers a rich array of learning materials, including videos, voice explainers, and handouts, ensuring a dynamic and engaging learning experience.
    • Apprentices can access over 30 live tutor-led classes online. They are also supported by experienced course mentors who will guide them throughout the programme.
    • Upon completion, apprentices will receive the Level 5 People Professional Apprenticeship certificate and the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management and become Associate Members of the CIPD.

    Benefits to Employers

    • Apprenticeship Levy-paying employers can fully fund the programme.
    • Non-Levy payers can receive fully funded training for anyone under 22 years old and up to 95% government funding for those over 22.
    • Employers gain skilled professionals capable of effectively managing workforce dynamics and designing strategic training programs tailored to organisational needs.
    • By investing in career development, training apprentices within the organisation promotes a positive work culture, increases employee engagement, and enhances retention rates.
    • People professionals trained through apprenticeship can help align HR strategies with business objectives, improving overall business performance and adaptability in a dynamic market environment.


    Here is the course outline:

    1. Information and Guidance

    25 min

    In this module, you'll receive vital information and guidance on the apprenticeship and course administration. Discover details of the apprenticeship standard, learn about off-the-job learning records, and navigate through class booking. Essential for a smooth learning journey.

    2. Personal and Professional Development

    13 hrs, 10 min

    In this module, you'll focus on managing your personal and professional development, exploring various career opportunities within people management. Gain insights into building a fulfilling career by enhancing skills and knowledge in this dynamic field.

    3. 5CO01 Organisational performance and culture in practice

    2 days, 18 hrs, 20 min

    In this module, explore the link between organisational structure and the broader work context. Explore factors like digital trends, culture, and employee wellbeing that influence business strategy, workforce planning, and organisational performance. Gain insights into managing change effectively within a commercial setting.

    4. 5CO02 Evidence based practice

    2 days, 8 hrs

    In this module, learners explore the link between organisational structure and the wider world of work. Understand the impact of factors, including digital trends, on business strategy and workforce planning. Study the role of culture, employee wellbeing, and behaviour in driving change and enhancing organisational performance.

    5. 5HR01 Employment relationship management

    2 days, 16 hrs

    In this module, learners explore key approaches, practices, and tools essential for managing and enhancing employee relationships, aiming to improve working lives. Understand the significant impact this can have on organisational performance, driving a positive working environment for all.

    6. 5HR02 Talent management and workforce planning

    3 days, 3 hrs

    In this module, learners will focus on the impact of effective workforce planning in considering the development of diverse talent pools and how to contract and onboard the workforce. It also includes an analysis of the potential cost to the organisation if this is poorly managed and the tools and interventions required to mitigate this risk.

    7. 5HR03 Reward for performance and contribution

    2 days, 5 hrs

    In this module, learners will focus on how internal and external business factors influence reward strategies and policies, the financial drivers of the organisation and the impact of reward costs. Learners will consider the importance of the role of people practice in supporting managers to make robust and professional reward judgements and the impact of rewarding performance.

    8. 5OS01 Specialist employment law

    1 day, 17 hrs, 20 min

    In this module, learners will consider key areas of employment legislation and its legal framework, focusing on how people professionals are obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out the varied aspects of their role.

    9. 5CO03 Professional behaviours and valuing people

    2 days, 8 hrs

    In this module, learners will focus on how applying core professional behaviours such as ethical practice, courage and inclusivity can build positive working relationships and support employee voice and wellbeing. It considers how developing and mastering new professional behaviours and practice can impact performance.

    10. People Professional Portfolio

    13 hrs

    In this module, you gather evidence to demonstrate that you meet the skills set out in the apprenticeship standard.

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