We’ve been working closely with employers and training providers to develop a new form of HR apprenticeship, which will replace the old apprenticeship frameworks. These ‘Trailblazer Apprenticeships’ provide a progression pathway to develop new and existing employees. 

HR Trailblazer Apprenticeships explained

Following a review of apprenticeships commissioned by the UK Government, the Richard Review of Apprenticeships recommended a more employer-focussed approach to develop, deliver and fund apprenticeships in England. As a result, the apprenticeship system has undergone a series of reforms to increase quality and flexibility, simplify the system (including funding), and put employers in the driving seat so that apprenticeships reflect the skills employers need.  

By the 2017/2018 academic year the majority of current relevant apprenticeship frameworks will begin to be replaced by new standards – standards created by employers, for employers. The reform also seeks to ensure that employers work with professional bodies so that apprentices are able to gain professional recognition where possible.

HR apprenticeships will be available at two levels:

Below, we provide a breakdown of what the new apprenticeships will mean for apprentices, employers, and training providers.

Apprenticeships combine practical, on-the-job training with study. As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage
  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week).

HR apprenticeships are available at two levels, allowing you to choose the one that’s right for you:

To apply for an apprenticeship, visit the GOV.UK’s Find an apprenticeship page.

To find a registered training provider, view our list of HR Apprenticeship providers.

Offering an apprenticeship in HR supports and increases your capability in HR and helps you to access the best talent available. Apprenticeships are a unique way to ‘grow your own’; these combine on-the-job training in your organisation with off-the-job learning, and provide employers with an effective way to develop their skills base. The apprentice’s learning takes place in context and provides a real understanding of the working world, combining practical skills with theoretical knowledge. 

Apprenticeships can therefore offer a career route into your organisation, and provide an invaluable opportunity to develop the expertise you need now – and in the future.

Your role as an employer:

  • Identify apprentices suitable for the apprenticeship.
  • Make sure the apprentice undertakes real, productive work which gives them opportunities to access, develop, practice, and evidence the knowledge and skills required to meet the standard.
  • Allow the apprentice to attend external off-the-job training and assessments as part of their paid working hours.
  • Take part in regular reviews with the training provider to review the apprentice’s progress.
  • Liaise with the provider regarding the end-point assessment.
  • Ensure that the apprenticeship lasts for a minimum of 12 months, and that the apprentice is employed for the full duration of their apprenticeship.

To find a registered training provider, view our list of HR Apprenticeship providers.

To deliver the apprenticeship, a training provider must be:

Your role as a training provider:

  • Develop your own training programme and ensure this maps to the relevant standard (where a qualification is used this may already map to the standard). 
  • Make sure apprentices are registered as student members with the CIPD where the CIPD Level 5 qualification is taken as part of the apprenticeship.
  • Assess the apprentice and provide them with feedback.
  • Take part in periodic reviews with the employer to review the apprentice’s progress. 
  • Ensure the internal quality assurance of the formative assessment that takes place as part of the apprenticeship.
  • Liaise with the Independent Assessment Organisation (IAO) and the employer regarding the end-point assessment. 

We currently have good provision of our qualifications and aren't actively looking to approve new providers. Our focus is on working with our existing providers to ensure the best student experience and the continued growth and improvement of the profession. 

However, if you’d like to register your interest in becoming a CIPD-accredited training provider, fill out our enquiry form and we’ll hold your details and review our provision again in January 2018.

To find a registered training provider, view our list of HR Apprenticeship providers.

The following downloads provide information on the relevant standards and assessment plans for the HR Support and HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeships. 

Useful links

  • The End-Point Assessment (EPA) is the culmination of the apprenticeship.
  • It will assess the skills, knowledge and behaviours of each apprentice against the apprenticeship standard.
  • CIPD, will seek recognition as an Assessment Organisation (AO) and will carry out the EPA against the assessment plan.
  • We will be providing further guidance and support materials to help providers prepare the apprentices for the End-Point Assessment.

End-Point Assessment Plan - HR Support Standard, Level 3
End-Point Assessment Plan - HR Consultant/Partner Standard, Level 5

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