HR Support (Level 3) Apprenticeship

HR Professionals in this role are typically either working in a medium to large organisation as part of the HR function delivering front line support to managers and employees, or are a HR Manager in a small organisation. Their work is likely to include handling day to day queries and providing HR advice; working on a range of HR processes, ranging from transactional to relatively complex, from recruitment through to retirement; using HR systems to keep records; providing relevant HR information to the business; working with the business on HR changes.

Information for Applicants

Who is this apprenticeship for?

• A new member of staff in a HR role involved in delivering frontline support to HR managers and employees or
• An existing member of HR staff who’d like to improve their understanding and knowledge of HR to progress their career in this sector

Typical job roles include: HR Administrator, HR Officer, HR Adviser and HR Support.

Responsibilities for HR support apprentices include:

The HR Support apprentice will support managers on a wide range of HR issues and tasks.

Workload is likely to include:
• Delivering frontline support on a daily with incoming queries
• Recording and analysing data on internal HR systems
• Providing best practice in HR current law advice
• Supporting organisational change
• Working on a range of processes from recruitment and retirement to employee relations and reward management.

What qualifications will I achieve?

CIPD formal qualification *subject to an additional fee*

What are the entry requirements?

An informal interview and successful completion of an 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?

Successful completion of this standard will enable the individual to apply for Associate Membership (Assoc CIPD) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for the HR sector, if they take the qualifications suggested. Without the qualification, individuals can become an Associate Member of CIPD if their end point assessment is carried out by a provider approved by the professional body.

It forms the foundation of a career within the profession, giving the base for further development through a career path within an organisation and/or through the HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship. The apprentice can choose to stay within core HR or diversify into one of the specialist areas of HR.

 

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 fresh eyes into your organisation Cost saving: we can advertise your vacancies and recruit the best candidates for your needs.

How can I fit this apprentice into my business?

Apprentices will typically be taking ownership for providing advice to managers on a wide range of HR issues using company policy and current law, giving guidance that is compliant and where errors could expose the organisation to employment tribunals or legal risk. In a larger organisation they may also have responsibility for managing a small team – this aspect is outside the scope of this apprenticeship and will need to be covered separately by the employer.

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.

Apprenticeship Reform Events

HR Support Apprenticeship Standard

CIPD membership is a requirement for any student who is studying a CIPD Certificate and Diploma qualification at all levels. There is a financial penalty for not joining at the beginning of the qualification and CIPD will not issue a certificate on completion if the student is not a current member.

LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
Norwich*
DurationTypically 18-24 months depending on prior experience and knowledge.
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 20th of September 2018 with an initial assessment taking place prior to the apprenticeship enrolment. Apprentices can enrol at any time throughout the year.
Attendance*Monthly classroom delivery also available for employers and apprentices based closer to Norwich
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£5,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£500
What will this cost my Business?

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.

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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