Human Resources & Learning and Development Apprenticeships

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HR and L&D apprenticeships

We are experts at training and upskilling HR and L&D teams to achieve strategic success.

Through apprenticeships ranging from Level 3 to Level 7, employees at every level can develop their career with a funded, recognised qualification.

  • student/associate/chartered membership with the CIPD 
  • learn relevant skills to develop your career 
  • develop skills to improve business effectiveness 
  • join a professional network 
  • CIPD member benefits and support 
  • enhanced professional credibility 

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Sector insights


of organisations have stress-related absence in HR*


of SMEs say Digital Transformation is changing the way HR teams operate*


 of HR  professionals have needed to upskill*


Apprenticeship training for human resources

What qualifications will you gain? 

  • HR Support Apprenticeship Standard 

  • End Point Assessment 
  • Functional Skills maths 
  • Functional Skills English  

Entry Requirements 

You don’t need academic qualifications to start working in a CIPD role but some employers will want you to have a good standard of  education, such as GCSEs, including English and maths. 

Length of the course 

24 months plus three months for the End Point Assessment 

What qualifications will you gain? 

  • HR Consultant / Partner Standard 

  • Level 5 Diploma in People Management 
  • End Point Assessment 
  • Functional Skills maths 
  • Functional Skills English  

What’s covered in the Level 5 HR qualification? 

You’ll be taught a range of subjects including: 

  • Employment Law 
  • Employee Engagement 
  • Coaching and Mentoring 
  • Resourcing and Talent Planning 
  • Employee Relations 
  • Performance Management 
  • Reward Management 
  • Professional Practice within HR 

Entry Requirements 

You don’t need academic qualifications to start working in a CIPD role, but some employers will want you to have a good standard of education, such as GCSEs, including English and maths. 

Length of the course 

24 months plus Gateway 


After completing your apprenticeship, you’ll be able to progress onto: 

  • Undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in HR Management or business-related areas 
  • CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management 
  • Chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) 

Who is suitable for this?

Typically, the individual works alongside colleagues who specialise in Human Resources and report to a Senior L&D Manager, Head of Department or Director. In larger organisations, they may be one of a team supporting the business and may have responsibility for managing people and a budget 

Knowledge – Capable of practical, theoretical or technological knowledge and understanding of the Level 5 Apprenticeship standard – L&D Consultant/Partner. The ability to use first-hand experience or observations of work to find ways forward in broadly defined, complex contexts. Capacity to analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information, concepts and ideas. They show awareness of the nature and scope of the area of study or work. They are able to understand different perspectives, approaches or schools of thought and the reasoning behind them.

Skills – They show an ability to determine, adapt and use appropriate methods, cognitive and practical skills to complete work activities, inform actions and address broadly defined, complex problems. They have the potential to use relevant research or development to inform actions. They are capable of evaluating actions, methods and results.

Autonomy and Accountability – Level 5 apprentices take full responsibility for planning and developing courses of action including, where relevant, responsibility for the work of others and allocation of resources. They exercise responsibility, autonomy and judgement within broad parameters. They are accountable for the analysis and diagnosis, design, planning, execution and evaluation

Topics to be covered:

  • Organisational performance and culture in practice
  • Supporting self-directed and social learning
  • Professional behaviours and valuing people
  • Learning and development design to create value
  • Facilitate personalised and performance focused learning
  • Evidence based practice
  • Advances in digital learning and development

EPA Requirements: 

  • A minimum of 12 months on-programme training
  • Certificates for Level 2 English and Maths qualifications
  • More information on this can be found below.
  • A statement of endorsement by the employer
  • 250 words summary of proposed Consultative Project.

Length of the course:

18 months approximately 

Who is suitable for this?

The L&D Practitioner role supports the L&D function to contribute to, and influence, improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level.  Typically, the role will work alongside colleagues who specialise in Human Resources, often supported by an L&D Administrator and reporting to an L&D Business Partner / Consultant / Manager. L&D Practitioners often work with Subject Matter Experts in different parts of the business.

Topics to be covered: 

  • Core behaviours for people professionals
  • Essentials of people practice
  • Business culture and change in context
  • Principles of analytics 

EPA Requirements:

  • A minimum of 12 months on-programme training
  • Certificates for Level 2 English and Maths qualifications

Length of the Course:

18 months approximately 

The learning experience

Industry expert coaches 

Free access to an online learning library 

Free Microsoft 365 account during study

Free student discount card

Monthly webinars

Individual coaching and mentoring sessions

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Are you an employer?

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way of upskilling your teams to have the right knowledge and behaviours to enable the future success of your business and meet strategic goals, through your people.

Our delivery can also be tailored to your organisation's learning and development needs, with expertise in navigating the skills system and funding to get the most out of apprenticeships, whether you’re an SME or larger Levy paying company.

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Apprenticeship funding

Understanding how to fund apprenticeships can seem complicated. As experts, we can guide you through the process and help you to make the most of funding options that are available to you, either as an SME or a larger Levy-paying organisation. 

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Employer support

Are you looking for more information on how apprenticeships can benefit your business?

We have a wealth of resources available to help guide you through the process and explain how we can support you at every step.

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Frequently asked questions

Contact us using this form and select employer enquiry.

We will then be in touch to gather your requirements and discuss the best approach to get your vacancy live.

On our website and on the National Apprenticeship Service’s website, which is  a national online recruitment system. 

It’s managed by us. Once we have your information, we’ll add  your vacancy to the National Apprenticeship Service website and monitor the number of applications.

We’ll  firstly filter the applications based on  what you’re looking for in a candidate. To comply with regulations, the applications will be sent via a secure file sharing system. 

Just let us know the name of the person and we’ll arrange a meeting with you to organise their apprenticeship programme.

We can always extend your closing date or re-advertise your vacancy at a later date. 

You’re not under any obligation to recruit someone from the site, but if you do, you’ll have to make sure they’re signed up to an apprenticeship programme with Total People. 

In addition,  we’ll promote your vacancy for free in our weekly applicant newsletter and highlight the vacancy on our homepage carousel.  We’ll also promote your vacancy on our social media channels.