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People Professional Apprenticeship Level 5

Course code: XMZP605P

Subject area: Human Resources

Study level: Apprenticeship

Course level: 5

Course details

Course time:

09:00 - 17:00

Days of week:


Course date:

1st Aug 2023 - 31st Jul 2024

Course location:

Off Site

Contact details


01235 216 216

Through this apprenticeship, People Professionals will gain a good grounding across all HR disciplines, HR legislation, and HR policies and procedures. They will gain an insight into how to make decisions and recommendations as to what a business can or should do in specific situations. They will also learn to influence managers to help them change their thinking, as well as bringing best practice into an organisation.
The People Professional Level 5 apprenticeship is the revised provision replacing the HR Consultant Partnership Level 5 apprenticeship. The apprenticeship is designed to enable the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviours needed to become a competent HR professional who can take on more senior roles within an organisation as a people professional.

This could be in a generalist role, providing support across a range of HR areas – likely to be the Core HR option; or in a specialist role, which focuses on and requires in depth expertise in a specific area of HR – likely to be Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisation Development, or HR Operations.

Duration: 13 months practical training period, plus 4 months for End Point Assessment.

Course units
• Good understanding across all HR disciplines, HR legislation, and an excellent working knowledge of the organisation’s HR policies and procedures. Sound understanding of HR in their sector and any unique features. Up to date with best practice and emerging thinking – able to use this in their dealings with the business.

• Understands what the organisation does, the external market and sector it operates in, its challenges and issues. Understands business and HR KPIs and metrics, building a clear picture of how the business is performing. Understands the impact of this on their role.

• Understands the structure and responsibilities of the HR function, policies and processes, and where to source HR specialist expertise.

• Understands HR systems and where to find HR and management data, both internally and externally, including benchmarking. Knows how technology, including social media, is impacting the business and HR.

What next?
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 is likely to be a progression from a lower level role or apprenticeship, building on the knowledge and skills gained.
Entry criteria
Applicants are likely to have 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4, including Maths and ideally English, or equivalent, and will need to demonstrate the ability to achieve all elements of the apprenticeship during their programme, including working in a suitable job role.
Fee information
Free to apprentices. This apprenticeship has a £11,000 funding band. Small companies will need to make a contribution of £550; large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy if they have funds available.
Qualifications received
Qualifications received

• Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths (if required)

• CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

• Level 5 People Professional Apprenticeship

Learning & method assessment
Delivery model:

• Work-based training with your employer

• Day release during term time (approximately 1 day a week for a year)

• Approximately four on-site assessment visits per year

• Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)

• Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

End Point Assessment:

• Consultative project and report

• Professional discussion

• Final written assignment of L5 CIPD Diploma (Professional Behaviours & Valuing People)

User skills
• Develops and delivers HR solutions to the business that are appropriate to the organisational context. Influences leaders and managers to adopt appropriate solutions. Provides tailored HR services to the business as required by their role e.g. Performance Management, Resourcing, Development, Talent, Reward. Contributes to the development of relevant HR policies & procedures and/or HR initiatives.

• Tailors business-centred advice on the interpretation and application of HR policies and processes. Makes sound judgments based on business need, ensuring the business operates within the boundaries of employment law. Deals with escalated people issues and works with the business to resolve them.

• Leads the HR contribution to business projects and change programmes to support positive behavioural, business or organisational change.

• Leads the improvement of people capability within the business or own team. Advises and coaches managers to deal successfully with people issues from a generalist or specialist perspective, incorporating best practice where appropriate.

• Researches, analyses and presents HR business data (both internal and external) to provide insight, support solutions to business issues and track performance.

• Keeps up to date with business changes and HR legal, policy, process changes relevant to their role. Seeks feedback and acts on it to improve their performance and overall capability. Plans their own development; shows commitment to the job and the profession

• Builds effective working relationships with business managers (using the language of the business), peers and other HR functions, together with relevant external organisations.

• Communicates confidently with people at all levels, including senior management.