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. The day to day work of HR Professionals 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.

Course Info
How to Apply
Information for Applicants

Who is the HR Professionals 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?

Foundation Certificate in People Practice

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.

What are the entry requirements?

An informal interview and successful completion of an initial assessment.

How often do I have to attend college?

College attendance where required will be communicated post-enrolment and sign-up. 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.

*Level 3 CIPD qualification is not integrated, although learners can achieve for an additional fee (£ 500).

 

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?

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy.

  • 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.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% 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.

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.

Speak to an Advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

College attendance where required will be communicated post sign-up and enrolment.

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?

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are experts 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 trainers.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.

***Applications for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications are now closed.***

What are my options?

There are a number of options available to you at this stage of the application cycle. If you are interested in an Apprenticeship and have a contract offer of employment in place then please choose the option for your age from the below:

15 – 18 years old: Complete Our Late Application Form

19 years or older: Please click the ’19+ Years – How to Apply’ button located further down this course page in the section below, where you will be taken to the application form.

What if I don’t have an employer?

If you do not have a contract offer of employment from an employer in place then there a number of options still available to you:

Apply for a live Apprenticeship Vacancy

We have apprenticeship vacancies available throughout the year in a variety of industries.

View our live vacancies

Join Our Talent Pool

All you have to do is complete and submit our Talent Pool application form, attend a pre-screening assessment/interview and be available when contacted. We will then send your details along with your profile to employers looking for an apprentice, inform you if you are selected and send your guidance to prepare you for interview.

Join our Talent Pool

Access to Apprenticeships - 6 month Functional Skills and Employability programme

Access to Apprenticeships – 6 month Functional Skills and Employability programme

This course is aimed at any prospective student who wishes to progress onto an apprenticeship, but does not meet the relevant entry criteria for a course, or needs to develop the necessary work based learning skills.

Maths and English can often be seen as a barrier to success on an apprenticeship, and this programme will see students working in a supportive environment to achieve Functional Skills to a level 2 standard (GCSE 4 equivalent).

Students must have a requirement to achieve English/maths at Level 2 and will work towards achieving a Functional skill in either/both English and maths. Applicants who have already achieved a 4(C) GCSE grade in both subjects will not be accepted onto the course.

Access to Apprenticeships – Find out more

Attend an Advice Day (15-18 Years old only)

Our August Advice Days will take place from GCSE Results Day on Thursday 25th August 2022, at both our Colchester and Braintree campuses. Apprenticeship advisers will be on hand to assist you with your options at this stage.

Advice Day dates and time slots will be published closer to the time and online bookings will open at 08:30am on Thursday 25th August. You can register your interest in attending an advice session using the link below. We will email you once dates are confirmed and bookings are open with sessions available to book.

Register an interest in attending an August Advice Day

If you are unsure about any of the above and would like to speak to our apprenticeships team directly then please contact us using the below:

01206 712043 – Applicant Enquiries or email:

ci.apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk

HR Support Apprenticeship
Course Outline: HR Professionals in this role are typically either working in a medium to large organisation as part of the HR function

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
Norwich*
DurationTypically 18-24 months depending on prior experience and knowledge.
CampusColchester Campus
Attendance*Monthly classroom delivery also available for employers and apprentices based closer to Norwich
Fee(s)Additional Employer Costs: To include the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People qualification as part of this apprenticeship there are additional exam and registration costs of £800 that cannot be covered by the apprenticeship funding. Please enquire for further information.
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£4,500
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£225

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% 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.

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

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The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.