HR Consultant / Partner (Level 5) Apprenticeship

This role could be called an HR Consultant or an HR Business Partner in different organisations. Individuals in this role will use their HR expertise to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges, together with tailored advice to the business in a number of HR areas, typically to mid-level and senior managers. They could be in a generalist role, where they provide support across a range of HR areas – likely to be the Core HR option; or a specialist role, where they focus on and have in depth expertise in a specific area of HR – likely to be Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisation Development, or HR Operations. Whichever of these is chosen, they will have a good grounding across the whole range of HR disciplines as this is contained in both of the qualification options included in this standard.

HR Consultant / Partner Standard
LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
DurationThe length of the HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship is typically 2-3 years but this can be closer to 18 months if they have previously completed the Level 3.
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateAn apprentice can be signed up at any time after the 4th of September 2018. Monthly classroom delivery at college will start on the 24th of September 2018 with an initial assessment taking place prior to the apprenticeship enrolment. Apprentices can enrol at any time throughout the year.
Fee(s)Employer Contribution Fee: £900
Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

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Information for Applicants

This apprenticeship enables existing or new employees to develop their existing HR skills, providing HR expertise within a company or organisation and contains options for HR specialisms and management responsibilities.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

• A new or existing member of staff working in a medium to large organisation delivering frontline support to managers and employees or
• A new or existing member of staff in a HR Manager role in a smaller organisation

The HR Consultant / Partner apprentice workload is likely to include:

• Managing recruitment, retention and tactical workforce planning
• Collect, analyse and use HR data to inform strategy
• Understanding employment law and its application to your business
• Delivering solutions to issues presented by business or external changes
• Managing rewards and compensation based on HR data and research

What qualifications will I achieve?

CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management leading to Associate membership of the CIPD

What are the entry requirements?

Grade C (4) or above in Maths and English ideally as part of five GCSE A-C grades or other comparable qualifications. There will also be an informal interview and initial assessment.

How often do I have to attend college?

Monthly classroom delivery at college will start on the 24th of September 2018 with an initial assessment taking place prior to the apprenticeship enrolment. Apprentices can enrol at any time throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

Regular progress reviews throughout the programme which will also include your employer.

The end-point assessment (EPA) consists of 2 distinct assessment methods:

  • A Consultative Project, which contains a range of evidence demonstrating that the apprentice has met the requirements of specific knowledge and skills as set out in the standard.
  • A Professional Discussion that will explore the specific skills and behaviours set out in the standard.

What can I do next?

Qualifications

The apprentice will complete an appropriate qualification (as considered most relevant by the employer), within which they will be able to focus on their chosen option, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development:

  • CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship

Link to professional registration and progression

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 could be an entry level role to the business, however, it is more likely to be a progression from a lower level role or apprenticeship, building on the knowledge and skills gained in that role or apprenticeship. On completion of this apprenticeship, the individual will be fully competent in the role and this will give them an in depth knowledge of HR in their chosen option. They can then continue to develop in that option (perhaps through a further apprenticeship), or broaden their HR expertise in another area to develop their career. Separately, there are a range of qualifications available for further study up to post graduate level.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

Fill your skills gaps: an Apprentice’s training is tailored to your organisation’s needs, resulting in a loyal, motivated work force Increase productivity by developing staff skills and expertise Value for money: a cost effective way to attract new talent and fre

How can I fit this apprentice into my business?

Role / Occupation HR Consultant/Partner

This apprenticeship contains options for HR specialisms and for people management responsibilities. Apprentices will often be required to make decisions and recommendations on what the business can/should do in a specific situation. They will be influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation. They are also likely to lead the people related elements of business or HR projects. Whatever their role, they will need to link the work they do to the context and priorities of the business. In a larger organisation they may be one of a team supporting the business and they may also have responsibility for managing people.

What will this cost my business?

Since April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England has changed. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months  if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Fortnightly classroom delivery at college will start w/c 24th September 2018

How is the apprentice assessed?

Regular progress reviews throughout the programme which will also include your employer.

The end-point assessment (EPA) consists of 2 distinct assessment methods:

  • A Consultative Project, which contains a range of evidence demonstrating that the apprentice has met the requirements of specific knowledge and skills as set out in the standard.
  • A Professional Discussion that will explore the specific skills and behaviours set out in the standard.

What about support in the workplace?

Skilled and knowledgeable staff must be available to support the apprentice as they complete work- based tasks and build a portfolio.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Apprenticeships – What we can offer

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.

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