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Learning and Development Consultant/Partner Standard – Level 5

Learning & Development Apprenticeship Standard – Consultant/Business Partner Level 5

Benefits to the business

Attraction, development, engagement and retention of senior L&D staff.

Development of L&D expertise at Consultant/Business Partner level: – accountable for ensuring L&D contributes to, and influences, improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level. Improvement of an L&D Consultant’s/BP’s capability can have a direct impact on the overall productivity of your organisation.

Content of Standard (designed by an L&D Trailblazer employer group and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships)


  • Knowledge – L&D technical expertise, business understanding, L&D function, MI and technology
  • Skills – L&D Consultancy Skills; Developing a Learning Culture; Budget/Resource Management; Relationship Management; Facilitation Skills
  • Behaviours – Constant & Curious Learner; Collaborative Partner; Commercial Thinker; Constructive Challenger; Passionate & Agile Deliverer

Who is it for?

  • Existing or aspiring L&D Consultants/BPs who need ‘significant new knowledge and skills’
  • Aspiring L&D Managers or those who are inexperienced or do not have a formal L&D qualification
  • Exceptionally, newly appointed L&D Consultants/BPs, or L&D Managers who may not have developed through an L&D route and have no prior experience of L&D.

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?

  • Initial enrolment meeting and 1-2-1 training session
  • 5 workshops of 1 or 2-day duration at regular intervals over a 13-month period (the exact number of workshops will be dependent on group size and logistics)
  • 2 x webinars
  • Assignments following each workshop and webinar, with tutor marking and feedback
  • 3-way progress reviews (Apprentice, 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, if relevant
  • Residential opportunity – 3 days in Snowdonia (with a focus on developing the required behaviours (stated 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 Learning Set by completing our enrolment form.


What is the role of the employer?

All Apprenticeships are employer-led and are the responsibility of the employer, with support of training providers. The employer will normally provide induction training; manage the employee, including performance management reviews; conduct monthly 1-2-1s; provide support; provide shadowing opportunities, coaching, and mentoring; agree scope and content of an L&D project; provide ongoing and final feedback; co-operate with the requirement for 20% of the Apprentices’ time to be spent ‘off the job’ learning related to the L&D Apprenticeship Standard.


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

CMT will provide initial advice and guidance, clarify roles and responsibilities, agree a timetable, complete relevant apprentice paperwork, identify learning gaps, deliver training, monitor progress, provide learner support, provide feedback, agree scope and content of project, register with appropriate bodies, prepare the Apprentice for the formal End Point Assessment (EPA) and claim the final Apprenticeship qualification certificate.

Options – choose either CIPD Level 5 L&D Certificate or Diploma qualification at an extra cost outside of Apprenticeship funding – optional qualification. This will involve an additional amount of learning and development provided by CMT.

Apprentices wishing to complete an additional CIPD qualification will need to register as student members of the CIPD (costs to be met by the Apprentice or employer along with a fee of £1,200 for a CIPD Level 5 Certificate or £1,750 for a CIPD Level 5 Diploma). A small additional charge will be made for the elements of the unique CMT Residential event, which cannot be Government funded. Text books will also incur an additional cost.

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 with a Professional Discussion and Learning Journal with targeted questions.


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. Costs for the End Point Assessment are paid through the overall Levy funding (up to 20% of the total Apprenticeship cost).

The funding CAP will be £7000. For more information on the funding CAP, contact CMT.


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