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HR Consultant/Partner Standard – Level 5

Higher Apprenticeship Standard – HR Consultant/Partner

Benefits to the business

Attraction, development, engagement and retention of senior RH staff.

Development of HR expertise to: – provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges, provide tailored advice, influence managers, bring best practice into the organisation – at all times linking to the context and priorities of the business.

Content of Standard (designed by a HR Trailblazer employer group and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships)

  • Knowledge – HR technical expertise, business understanding, HR function, MI and technology
  • Skills – HR consultancy, providing support and advice, contributing to business change, building HR capability, HR information analysis, personal development, relationship management
  • Behaviours – Flexibility, resilience
  • Options – HR Specialisms (one or more of following options) – Core HR, resourcing, total reward, organisation development.

Who is it for?

  • Individuals newly appointed to an HR role with A levels (level 3/equivalent) and/or;
  • Existing HR employees who need ‘significant new knowledge and skills’ for example those without a Level 5 qualification in HR.

How long will my Apprenticeship take to complete?

18-24 months depending on existing knowledge, skills, and experience.

What’s included in the CMT Apprenticeship programme?

  • 11 x 1 day workshops at monthly intervals (No. of workshops dependent on group size and logistics)
  • Setting and providing feedback on assignments
  • 3-way progress reviews (learner, line manager, trainer) every 8-12 weeks either at learner’s location or via SKYPE/Facetime
  • Distance learning – Webinar/SKYPE/email/telephone support as required – access to CIPD resources
  • Residential opportunity – 3 days in Snowdonia (with a focus on developing the required behaviours of flexibility/resilience (as included in the Apprenticeship Standard) as well as an opportunity for theoretical input)
  • End Point Assessment – Guidance and Preparation (in the event of further support and training in preparation for a potential re-sit or re-take, an additional cost to be agreed will be required outside of Levy funding)


When and where can I start?

Course dates and locations will be planned by CMT which will be driven by demand. Please contact us to register your interest, or formally apply to join a Local Cohort by completing our enrolment form.

What is the role of the employer?

Provide induction training, manage employee including performance management reviews, monthly 1-2-1s, provide support, shadowing opportunities, coaching, and mentoring, agree scope and content of project, provide ongoing and final feedback, co-operate with the requirement for 20% of the Apprentices’ time to be spent ‘off the job’ learning. 

What is the role of the training provider – Crosby Management Training Ltd?

Provide initial advice and guidance, clarify roles and responsibilities, agree timetable, complete apprentice paperwork, identify learning gaps, deliver training, monitor progress, provide learner support, provide feedback, agree scope and content of project, review and assess project, register with appropriate bodies, prepare for End Point Assessment (EPA) and claim final certificate.

Options choose either CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate (32 credits) or Diploma (44 credits) in Human Resource Management – mandatory qualification.

End Point Assessment – conducted independently by the CIPD

Two elements to build a cumulative picture of the application of knowledge, skills and behaviours and overall performance against the Standard – Project, Professional Discussion.

Funding/Additional Costs

For larger employers, this Apprenticeship will be funded through your Digital Apprenticeship Account – for smaller employers, not subject to the Apprenticeship Levy, the Apprenticeship will be funded 95% by the government and 5% by the employer.  The funding CAP is £7000.
Learners will need to register as student members of the CIPD (costs to be met by learner or employer along with £1000 further cost if Diploma chosen).  A small additional charge will be made for the elements of the residential, which cannot be Government funded.  Text books are at an additional cost.