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HR CONSULTANT / PARTNER (LEVEL 5)

Duration (EXCL EPA)

18 Months (£7000)

 

EPA Duration

3 Months

 

Start Date

September/March

 

About the Course

This apprenticeship contains options for HR specialisms and for people management responsibilities.

 

This role could be called an HR Consultant or an HR Business Partner in different organisations. Individuals in this role will use their HR expertise to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges, together with tailored advice to the business in a number of HR areas, typically to mid-level and senior managers. They could be in a generalist role, where they provide support across a range of HR areas – likely to be the Core HR option; or a specialist role, where they focus on and have in-depth expertise in a specific area of HR – likely to be Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisation Development, or HR Operations. Whichever of these is chosen, they will have a good grounding across the whole range of HR disciplines as this is contained in both of the qualification options included in this standard.

 

They will often be required to make decisions and recommendations on what the business can/should do in a specific situation. They will be influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practices into the organisation. They are also likely to lead the people related elements of business or HR projects. Whatever their role, they will need to link the work they do to the context and priorities of the business. In a larger organisation, they may be one of a team supporting the business and they may also have responsibility for managing people.

Course Overview

As part of the HR Consultant/Partner Programme, you will be required to develop Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the below areas within your organisation:

  • Understanding across all HR disciplines, HR legislation and excellent working knowledge of the organisation’s HR policies and procedures. Sound understanding of HR in their sector and any unique features. Up to date with best practice and emerging thinking – able to use this in their dealings with the business.
  • Understands what the organisation does, the external market and sector it operates in, its challenges and issues. Understands business and HR KPIs and metrics, building a clear picture of how the business is performing. Understands the impact of this on their role.
  • Understands the structure and responsibilities of the HR function, policies and processes, and where to source HR specialist expertise.
  • Understands HR systems and where to find HR and management data, both internally and externally, including benchmarking. Knows how technology, including social media, is affecting the business and HR.

Course Delivery

The course will typically be completed over an 18-month period, which will include knowledge delivery face-to-face and through webinar sessions.

 

The learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 2 occasions to identify the standards of competence that are being met. There will also be recorded professional discussions covering competence towards the standard.

 

The tutor will complete a progress review in the first 6 weeks and every 10-12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employers presence. All work will be stored on an electronic portfolio ready to be submitted to the End Point Assessment Organisation.

End Point Assessment

As part of the Apprenticeship Standard, you will be required to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of your programme with an external Independent Assessor (EPAO).  Throughout the programme, your tutor will prepare you for the End Point Assessment and complete mock assessments prior to your final assessment.

 

The following elements will be completed during the End Point Assessment for the HR Consultant/Partner Standard

  • Consultative Project
  • Professional Discussion

 

At the end of the final assessment, the below grades will be awarded by the EPAO:

  • Fail
  • Pass
  • Distinction

Qualifications

As part of the HR Consultant/Partner Standard you will be achieving the following qualifications:

  • Apprenticeship Standard Certificate in HR Consultant/Partner
  • Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management
  • Functional Skills Maths (Level 2)*
  • Functional Skills English (Level 2)*

 

*Will be achieved if relevant qualification not already held prior to the Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition. Apprentices will need to sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths.

 

Where a learner does not hold an equivalent to or GSCE grade 4 (C) or above, you will need to sit Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the End Point assessment.