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HR Consultant / Partner Apprenticeship (Level 5)


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Course Overview

This apprenticeship role could be called an HR Consultant, HR Advisor or an HR Business Partner depending on the organisation. Individuals in, or aspiring to this role, will use their HR expertise to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to businesses, together with tailored advice to the business in several HR areas, typically to mid-level and senior managers.Your role could be a generalist HR position, where you provide support across a range of HR areas, or a specialist HR role, where you focus on and have in-depth expertise in a specific area of HR, for example, Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisation Development or HR Operations.You will have a good grounding across the whole range of HR disciplines, you will often be required to make decisions and recommendations on what the business can/should do in a specific situation. You will be influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation.

What will I learn?

The HR Consultant apprenticeship will equip you with the behaviours, practical skills and knowledge required at a managerial and strategic planning level, as opposed to a purely operational or support level. As part of this apprenticeship, you will attend college one afternoon a week to complete the CIPD Level 5 qualification, which has seven modules designed to bring theory, concepts and best practice principles together and apply them to workplace situations and scenarios. The modules taught are:

• Organisational performance and culture in practice
• Evidence-based practice
• Professional behaviours and valuing people
• Employment relationship management
• Talent management and workforce planning
• Reward for performance and contribution
• Specialist in employment law

(The college reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary to these modules)

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

This apprenticeship takes approximately 12-18 months to complete.

The knowledge, skills and behaviour elements will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio.

A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

For the taught qualification in college, there are no examinations, but there are assignments (one per module). Every assignment must be passed to successfully complete the qualification. All assignments are work-related, but the format may vary, for example from a report to a presentation; the module tutor will give explicit assignment guidance. The course does require independent reading and research to support your studies; all unit assignments must be passed to achieve the full qualification and apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Candidates will have a good level of education to include English language, verbal and written. You will also have either studied Human Resources at Level 3, have experience in a Human Resources role or studied a related topic at degree level.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT.

Additional Costs and Information

All students will have access to the Learning Resource Centre (Library) on our main campuses, this also allows use of personal computers with access to the internet. There is also access to the 24/7 e-Study interactive online learning facility, with a comprehensive range of including books, research studies, reports, workbooks and presentations.

Students who are already CIPD members do not have to pay any registration or subscription fees to the CIPD. However, those joining the CIPD for the first time, pay a fee for the year. This is made up of a first-time registration fee and a subscription fee - for current prices candidates should contact the CIPD direct and arrange to pay their fees directly to them once the programme has started.

If studying the Associate Diploma qualification, and you are not already an Associate member, you will need to join as a Student member throughout the duration of your studies. On successful completion of CIPD Intermediate Diploma qualification, you will gain Associate professional membership.

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