New for 2021 – The next step within a professional career in human resources/learning and development.
A Senior People Professional will improve people practices in organisations in order to drive organisational performance and effectiveness.
Senior People Professionals may specialise in either Human Resources (HR), Learning and Development (L&D) or Organisation Development (OD). This Apprenticeship Occupational Standard takes a core and options approach.
All apprentices will complete the core and must select the one most appropriate option to their role from the following: Senior Human Resources (HR) Professional, Senior Learning & Development (L&D) Professional, Senior Organisation Development (OD) Professional.
This apprenticeship programme is designed for those who want to develop into a Senior People Professional role, with support from their employer to facilitate their progression.
This programme is suitable for
This occupation is found in small, medium and large organisations which sit within any of the public, private or third sectors. Senior People Professionals are found in all industries and are a key component of virtually all types of business model where there is a workforce to support and manage.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to improve people practices in organisations in order to drive organisational performance and effectiveness. Senior People Professionals are the in-house experts in people, work and change. They champion the people agenda to create working environments and cultures that help get the best out of people, delivering great organisational outcomes.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a range of stakeholders across their organisation, creating medium to long-term value for a wide audience. In larger organisations, they may be part of a wider specialist team. They may also lead a team of HR/L&D/OD consultants/advisers. In smaller organisations, they might be solely responsible for the entire people agenda and report directly to the organisation lead. At this level, Senior People Professionals are ambassadors for their organisations and will typically have wide-ranging networks and need to interact with a wide range of internal and external senior stakeholders.
An employee in this occupation will be responsible for applying their knowledge and expertise to lead the design, implementation and evaluation of people policies and practices aligned to the needs of the organisation and its employees. They will be responsible for leading people projects and/or playing a key role in larger organisation-wide programmes, managing their own work with a high level of autonomy. Senior People Practitioners have to keep up to date with relevant legislation and regulation and make timely interventions to ensure their organisation’s relations with its people are effective and compliant.
Senior People Professionals engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including developing and maintaining strong relationships with senior stakeholders to facilitate engagement on people issues. Keeping up to date with key trends and developments in the profession is critical to this occupation. Analysis of future workforce trends and providing insight around people analytics is an essential responsibility which enables Senior People Professionals to influence senior stakeholders and make recommendations for change.
Senior People Professionals are increasingly responsible for seeking out, evaluating and utilising technology to deliver the people strategy. Typically, Senior People Professionals have some budget responsibility and will be expected to employ continuous improvement approaches to maximise the use of limited resources.
Duty 1 Lead the design, creation, implementation and review of people policies and practices aligned to the needs of the organisation, Critically evaluate a range of people practices to ensure fit for purpose and review as appropriate.
|K1 K3 K8|
Duty 2 Using critical analysis and evaluation of internal and external factors contribute to the development of the wider organisational people strategy and lead on the implementation of a workstream (e.g. HR/L&D/OD) relevant to the role.
|K3 K4 K8|
Duty 3 Manage and lead people projects and lead the people element of broader organisation wide projects and programmes. Critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex information, concepts and problems to develop business cases for change and evaluate and apply appropriate change management methodologies.
|K6 K11 K12|
Duty 4 Assess both current and future workforce needs, building future capability and talent and actively contribute to the organisation’s strategic workforce planning or talent management processes.
|K5 K7 K8 K9|
Duty 5 Proactively develop and maintain relationships with senior stakeholders in order to communicate, engage, influence and challenge effectively in order to achieve the people strategy and represent the organisation externally.
|K3 K9 K10|
Duty 6 Bring together the right people to ensure resource availability to drive sustained commercial success and value for people. Manage a budget and people metrics, review and forecast spend relating to the workforce.
|K4 K7 K10|
Duty 7 Select and implement appropriate technology to deliver the people strategy, policy and practices, taking into account the risks, opportunities, impact and value of technology. Seek out, critically evaluate and utilise technologies to drive a continuous improvement approach.
|K4 K5 K6|
Duty 8 Review and critically evaluate current and future trends to ensure organisation effectiveness and commercial awareness. Interpret people analytics to provide insight, make recommendations, and to influence senior stakeholders regarding organisation decisions.
|K3 K4 K10|
Duty 9 Proactively shape and drive the organisation’s culture and role model the organisations core values and beliefs, creating working practices that reflect the organisation’s culture, core values and beliefs.
Duty 10 Integrate diversity and inclusion into people and wider organisation approaches.
Duty 11 Proactively keep up to date with external trends and developments, both in the people profession and wider context (relevant to your role) and take responsibility for the development of other people professionals, managers and leaders, including providing coaching and mentoring where appropriate.
Duty 12 Keep up to date with and interpret relevant legislation and regulation, such as employment law, ethics, equality and diversity and critically evaluate relevant organisation people policies and practices to ensure compliance and mitigate risk.
Duty 13 Lead and advise on complex HR and employment issues & practices to mitigate risk and maximise effectiveness.
|K1 K23 K24|
Duty 14 Create and sustain a positive employee relations climate to ensure the relationship between the organisation and its people is managed through its practices and relevant law.
|K1 K2 K12 K23 K24|
Duty 15 Critically evaluate, develop and implement approaches to maximise employee engagement within the organisation.
|K2 K8 K12 K21|
Duty 16 Champion, design and implement approaches to employee well-being across the organisation.
|K2 K8 K12 K21|
Duty 17 Critically analyse, design and implement people reward strategies to attract, motivate and retain employees.
Duty 18 Critically analyse and review approaches to managing performance across the organisation, design and implement changes where appropriate.
|K1 K8 K9 K24|
Duty 19 Critically analyse and evaluate the formulation and implementation of the learning and development strategy ensuring it is underpinned by the full learning cycle, ensuring the creation of an organisation learning culture that shapes and ensures continuing professional development. .
|K4 K17 K19|
Duty 20 Critically evaluate, select and apply a range of approaches and processes to establish learning and development needs at an organisational, group/team, occupational and individual level in collaboration with relevant senior stakeholders.
|K3 K4 K18|
Duty 21 Critically evaluate a range of learning design theories, channels, methods and approaches in order to select the appropriate solutions which will meet organisation wide development needs.
|K5 K17 K18 K19|
Duty 22 Initiate and drive an appropriate coaching and mentoring strategy and culture to enhance the effectiveness and capability of the organisations people. Critically analyse and develop the coaching and mentoring capability and capacity to ensure it drives performance and/or supports the culture of the organisation.
|K2 K9 K17 K18|
Duty 23 Select and use complex or sophisticated facilitation techniques in order to facilitate complex events, development interventions and discussions to support senior colleagues, groups and teams to achieve a desired successful outcome.
|K17 K18 K20|
Duty 24 Design and implement appropriate evaluation strategies and methods to assess the effectiveness of learning plans and interventions.
|K4 K10 K17|
Duty 25 Critically evaluate overarching organisation strategy and establish organisation development needs through using a range of consulting processes, styles and diagnostic tools and methodologies.
|K2 K10 K12 K14|
Duty 26 Lead the design, creation and review of a range of organisation development interventions in order to improve organisational effectiveness and performance.
|K2 K6 K11 K15|
Duty 27 Actively measure organisation culture and critically analyse, select and implement different approaches to culture development.
|K2 K6 K13|
Duty 28 Apply models of systemic thinking to a range of people practices.
|K1 K4 K5 K16|
Duty 29 Critically evaluate and implement appropriate organisation design structures to align with business needs and improve performance.
Duty 30 Critically evaluate and apply work design choices (who does what/how work is done).
|K5 K6 K7 K14 K21|
What knowledge, skills and behaviours are covered?
K1: The employee lifecycle and the range of people practices that underpin it, including relevant regulation, compliance, governance and relevant law and how to develop policy in line with this.
K2: Organisational culture, theories and concepts, organisational behaviour, models and theories of human behaviour, ethics, values and beliefs.
K3: Business acumen, including organisational strategy creation, strategic planning tools (including business cases) and trends in the wider business context as well as drivers of organisational performance and methods of measuring organisational data. Knowledge of financial and commercial information and value for money principles.
K4: Methods of measuring value and impact and types of analytical tools relating to creating value for an organization as well as methods of evaluating opportunity costs including qualitative and quantitative metrics.
K5: Ways in which technology supports the delivery of people practice and enables collaboration and the risks, opportunities and impact of technology on ways of working, both in the wider organisation and in the people profession, including how social media fits with the organisational communication strategy.
K6: Change methodology and tools and the psychology and impact of change on the workforce and the organisation.
K7: The elements that make up strategic workforce planning, such as talent management, succession planning and resourcing.
K8: How to integrate diversity and inclusion into wider organisational approaches.
K9: Strategies, tools and techniques to build management, coaching and mentoring capability across the organisation.
K10: A range of consulting processes and styles as well as diagnostic tools appropriate to the role.
K11: How projects fit as part of wider programme management and how to use project management methodologies in order to deliver a project.
K12: Worker voice tools and approaches and how these potentially impact on worker engagement and performance.
K13: (OD) How to critically evaluate and apply models and measures of culture and behaviour in organisational development.
K14: (OD) Organisational design theories, principles, models, structures, good work design and job design.
K15: (OD) Organisation development theories, principles, models, tools, interventions and scenario planning.
K16: (OD) Essential concepts of systems thinking.
K17: (LD) How to critically evaluate and apply theories, concepts and the value of learning, coaching and mentoring cultures.
K18: (LD) The psychology of learning as well as current and future trends in adult learning and motivation and how to integrate into an organisations learning approach.
K19: (LD) Learning design principles and methods aligned to learning strategy.
K20: (LD) Complex facilitation techniques and when to use them.
K21: (HR) Strategies and drivers of employee well-being and engagement and how to integrate into wider organisation approaches.
K22: (HR) How to create remuneration and benefit approaches that are aligned to current and future organisation needs and market conditions such as equal pay.
K23: (HR) Employment law, (including associated case law), different theories and perspectives on employee relations and employee body relationships, and the implications on people policies and practices.
K24: (HR) The impact of performance management approaches and how performance management data can be used to drive improvement.
S1: Design and implement a range of people policies, processes, approaches and practices in line with the organisations strategic plan, culture and values.
S2: Identify and recognise the interventions an organisation needs to create the desired culture and behaviours.
S3: Create and manage relevant budgets (for example HR and projects) and make balanced commercial decisions, recording them appropriately.
S4: Design and contribute to the formulation and shaping of the People strategy and ensure alignment to organisational strategy.
S5: Devise, analyse, interpret and offer insight into data and metrics and the insights they provide to the industry and organisation for the purpose of creating value.
S6: Evaluate, identify and where appropriate select a technological/digital solution that will enhance current ways of working.
S7: Question accepted practices and articulate the need for change, implementing change programmes where required (including diagnostics, options and methodologies).
S8: Develop and implement people plans and integrated people practices in line with organisational and people strategy.
S9: Ensure that people policies and practices are inclusive, recognising the impact on individuals and groups and supporting diversity.
S10: Develop the management, coaching and mentoring capabilities utilising appropriate tools and methodologies.
S11: Select and apply a range of consulting processes, styles and diagnostic tools appropriate to the role.
S12: Align and evaluate worker voice tools and approaches and drive forward the outputs.
S13: Select appropriate project management methodologies and resources in order to plan, lead and deliver complex projects (often as part of wider programmes) including the management of risk.
S14: Influence senior leaders in order to position the people strategy at the heart of the business and ensure it is considered when decisions are taken across the organisation. Manage complex relationships across multiple and diverse stakeholders, building trust and rapport with the ability to positively challenge. Lead beyond area of control/authority and influence, negotiate and use advocacy skills to build reputation and effective collaborations.
S15: Present complex information (which may include difficult messages) selecting channels that are tailored to the audience and can be clearly understood, including across the organisational boundaries, cultures and other disciplines.
S16: (OD) Select and apply organisation development models and measures and lead the implementation of different approaches to enable cultural development.
S17: (OD) Select, evaluate and apply appropriate design theories, principles, models, structures, for good work design and job design.
S18: (OD) Select, evaluate and apply appropriate organisation development theories, principles, models, tools (including scenario planning), to design and implement interventions.
S19: (OD) Apply appropriate systems thinking approaches to organisational development and design.
S20: (LD) Select, evaluate and apply appropriate theories and concepts to embed the value of learning, and to create a coaching and mentoring culture.
S21: (LD) Integrate appropriate current and future trends in adult learning and motivation into an organisation’s learning approach, evaluating the effectiveness of the approach.
S22: (LD) Select and apply appropriate complex facilitation techniques to achieve the desired outcome.
S23: (LD) Select, evaluate and apply appropriate design principles and methods aligned to learning strategy.
S24: (HR) Select, evaluate and apply appropriate strategies to integrate employee well-being and engagement into wider organisation approaches.
S25: (HR) Select, evaluate and apply appropriate remuneration and benefit approaches which are aligned to current and future organisation needs and market conditions.
S26: (HR) Recognise, interpret and apply employment law, (including associated case law), and the implications on people policies and practices, ensuring the relationship between an organisation and its people is managed through transparent practices and relevant law whilst taking account of different theories and perspectives on employee relations.
S27: (HR) Select, evaluate and apply appropriate performance management approaches and use relevant data to drive improvement.
B1: Role models ethical behaviour and practices and challenge decisions and actions that are not ethical.
B2: Demonstrates professional courage and influence by challenging constructively and confidently in the face of opposition and tailoring influencing techniques to gain buy-in.
B3: Makes a visible commitment to valuing people; demonstrate compassion and fairness and enable people to have a meaningful voice in decisions that impact them.
B4: Role models collaborative and inclusive working across organisational and cultural boundaries, driving diversity to achieve positive outcomes.
B5: Actively searches and creates opportunities to learn, sharing insights and future trends with others (internally and externally). Brings a reflective mind-set to experiences and learning to innovate and continuously improve performance.
B6: Assimilates evidence and ideas from multiple sources to identify themes and connections and gain insights on whole issues and their wider implications.
B7: Takes an adaptable, evidence based approach to decision making in the context of specific situations or environments.
B8: Applies a strategic and commercial mind-set to drive and enable change and create value for the organisation and its people.
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.
This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:
College attendance where required will be determined post-application.
This apprenticeship will benefit your business through developing, progressing, engaging and retaining Senior People Professionals within your organisational structure.
Apprentices will develop expertise in duties which typically include:
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.
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.
As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Essex, we can provide expert advice and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship provision, including helping you find the right apprenticeship for your business, recruiting apprentices, quality delivery and assessment with on-going support and advice.
College attendance where required will be determined post-application.
Skilled and knowledgeable staff must be available to support the apprentice as they complete work-based tasks.
All Apprenticeships are employer-led and are the responsibility of the employer, with support of training providers.
This section sets out the requirements for end-point assessment (EPA) for the Senior People Professional apprenticeship standard.
It is for end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) who need to know how EPA for this apprenticeship must operate. It will also be of interest to Senior People Professional apprentices, their employers and training providers.
Full time apprentices will typically spend 36 months on programme (before the gateway) working towards this occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.
All apprentices must spend a minimum of 12 months on-programme. The EPA period should only start, and the EPA be arranged, once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is deemed to be consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard, all of the pre-requisite gateway requirements for EPA have been met and can be evidenced
to an EPAO.
For level 3 apprenticeships and above apprentices without English and mathematics at level 2 must achieve level 2 prior to taking their EPA. The EPA must be completed within an EPA period lasting typically 4 months, after the EPA gateway. EPA must be conducted by an EPAO approved to deliver EPA for this apprenticeship standard. Each employer should select an approved EPAO from the Education & Skills Funding Agency’s Register of end-point assessment organisations (RoEPAO)
The EPA consists of 2 discrete assessment methods. NB – this Apprenticeship takes a “core and options” approach. Each apprentice must demonstrate competency across all of the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) in the core, together with all of the KSBs in just one of the 3 options.
These options are
1. Organisational Development
2. Learning & Development
3. Human Resources.
The core is assessed across assessment methods 1 and 2 as set out below, whereas the options are only tested in assessment method 1.
The individual assessment methods will have the following grades:
Assessment method 1: Professional discussion, underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
Assessment method 2: Project proposal, presentation and questioning
Performance in the EPA will determine the overall apprenticeship standard grade of:
Successful apprentices can progress into Senior People Professional roles within their organisation or move into roles outside their organisation.
Senior People Professionals are the in-house experts in people, work and change.
Typical job titles apprentices can progress onto include:
Senior HR/L&D Business Partner
Head of HR/L&D/OD/People Operations
People and Change Manager
Employee Experience Manager
Senior HR/L&D/OD Consultant
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.
|Duration||36 months (this does not include EPA period)|
|Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)||£19,000|
|Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)||£950|
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