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Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner Apprenticeship

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The Level 4 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner Apprenticeship, is a 24-month programme designed for apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviour to be a social conscience for the organisation, helping innovate and drive ambitions for social and environmental change and make these a reality embedded and implemented across the organisation. 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

Community Investment Coordinator | Corporate Citizenship Administrator | Corporate Responsibility (CR) Administrator | Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Administrator | Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Administrator | Philanthropy Coordinator | Responsible Business Coordinator | Social Impact Administrator | Sustainability Coordinator

Course Overview

The Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Apprenticeship offers comprehensive learning into the principles and practices of corporate responsibility and sustainability (CR&S). Through our modules, participants explore topics such as delivering initiatives and campaigns that contribute to the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S) strategy, contributing to regular communications to promote initiatives and update colleagues across the business on CR&S best practices, and working with colleagues to devise a strategy that builds on the business’s existing social and environmental impact and organising CR&S events that engage internal and external stakeholders by owning the administrative and logistical aspects. With a focus on ethical decision-making, innovation, and compliance with international standards such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and ISO 26000, this apprenticeship prepares individuals to drive positive societal and environmental impact while promoting a culture of continuous improvement and responsible business practices.

Cost and Funding

The funding limit set for this qualification is £14000. 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

24 Months

Programme Level

Level 4

Delivery Method

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

End Point Assessment

Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence and a work-based project 

Professional Recognition

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner Certificate
Membership Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS)


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 are empowered to embed and implement sustainability practices across the organisation, aligning business ambitions with social and environmental goals to create lasting impact.
  • 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 receive the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner Certificate, enhancing their credentials and recognition within the industry. Additionally, they gain membership to the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), further validating their expertise.

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.
  • Employees trained in CSR can help the company develop and implement sustainable business practices that align with societal expectations and environmental concerns.
  • By demonstrating a commitment to social and environmental responsibility, employers can enhance their reputation and brand image, leading to increased customer loyalty, positive public perception, and competitive advantage in the market.
  • CSR-trained employees can identify potential risks related to social and environmental issues and develop strategies to mitigate them effectively.
  • Employers can ensure long-term sustainability and resilience by embedding CSR principles into corporate culture and operations.


Here is the course outline:

1. Information and Guidance

This is an introductory module to the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practioner course. It contains information about this apprenticeship, the curriculum plan and class schedules and the booking system.

2. Introduction to Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

In this module, apprentices will learn about the foundational principles of project management, potential data sources, and the impact of organisational structures on CR&S. They will explore global sustainability trends and analyse case studies to understand different approaches to CR&S. The module will also introduce an ethical decision-making framework relevant to CR&S practices.

3. Change Management and Culture Transformation

In this module, apprentices will gain insights into managing change and transforming organisational culture to better support CR&S goals. They will learn about motivating individuals and managing stakeholder relationships effectively. The module will also cover designing CR&S training programs and the impact of cultural diversity on CR&S implementation.

4. Data and Metrics for CR&S

In this module, apprentices will focus on understanding and utilising CR&S metrics and data management techniques. They will learn advanced analytical methods and the use of technology in data collection and analysis. The creation of interactive dashboards for monitoring CR&S initiatives in real-time will also be covered.

5. Strategy and Risk Management

In this module, apprentices will develop skills in formulating CR&S strategies that manage social, environmental, and ethical risks. They will explore strategic foresight, scenario planning, and the integration of CR&S with corporate financial goals. Compliance aspects and the development of a tailored compliance checklist will also be discussed.

6. Communication and Negotiation Skills

In this module, apprentices will learn effective communication and negotiation techniques for managing CR&S projects. They will master digital communication tools and learn how to craft impactful media and public relations messages. Conflict resolution strategies in stakeholder negotiations will also be explored.

7. Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement

In this module, apprentices will understand techniques for identifying and evaluating potential CR&S partners and using stakeholder relationships to enhance project outcomes. Building cross-sector partnerships and implementing stakeholder feedback mechanisms are key components. The module will also assess the impact of these engagements on project success.

8. Event and Fundraising Management

In this module, apprentices will acquire skills in managing CR&S events and fundraising activities. They will learn to use digital platforms for event management and strategies for engaging international donors. The module will also address evaluating the financial and social returns on these events.

9. Compliance, Quality, and Continuous Improvement

In this module, apprentices will explore compliance, quality assurance, and continuous improvement techniques in CR&S practices. They will learn about sustainable audit practices and advanced compliance monitoring technologies. The module also covers techniques for continuous improvement to enhance CR&S performance.

10. Innovation and Horizon Scanning

In this module, apprentices will engage with emerging technologies and innovative solutions for CR&S challenges. They will develop skills in horizon scanning to keep up to date with evolving practices and encourage a culture of innovation within their teams. The module encourages exploring innovative approaches to complex CR&S problems.

11. Budgeting and Financial Management for CR&S

In this module, apprentices will learn about CR&S-related budget management, financial modelling, and securing funding for CR&S initiatives. They will also learn to conduct cost-benefit analyses to make informed financial decisions for CR&S projects. This module is essential for understanding the financial aspects of CR&S strategies.

12. Learning and Ethos in CR&S

In this module, apprentices will explore different learning styles and methods to embed the CR&S ethos within their organisations effectively. They will learn about implementing mentorship programmes and cross-generational knowledge sharing. Measuring the effectiveness of CR&S training programmes is also a key focus of this module.

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