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People Professional - Higher Apprenticeship - Level 5


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The following information is simply detailing the apprenticeship training course and is not a live vacancy to apply for. Please click the link below to view our current apprenticeship vacancies.

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This role can be found in organisations of any size, in any sector. In smaller organisations, this type of role is likely to have a broader remit. People Professionals play a key role in supporting the business to meet its strategic objectives by driving forward the People agenda. People Professionals are responsible for various activities from attracting, recruiting, developing, and retaining talent, managing payroll and benefits, supporting positive employee relations, and ensuring compliance with employment law.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to support the business to meet its objectives through the people agenda and relative initiatives. People expertise will be used to provide advice, views, and challenge to the business, enabling the role to be involved in a wide range of projects and tasks. 

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation will give specific advice and coaching on the interpretation of applicable policies and employment law to the business. They will also support on people related elements of business projects. They will work with stakeholders inside the People function, internal stakeholders, and external stakeholders as appropriate.

An employee in this role will interact with various roles at differing levels of the organisation from within HR to other business areas. The ability to communicate, influence and negotiate is key whilst adopting evidence-based decision making. 


Each apprentice will be assigned a designated specialist who will visit them and their line manager regularly at their workplace or through the use of technology such as Skype, throughout the apprenticeship. Learner reviews will form a regular part of this apprenticeship and will require the commitment of your employer. 

Start dates and fees

The apprenticeship programme has intake dates available throughout the year and these coincide with the start of individual modules. These dates might align with your start date of employment or perhaps a review with your employer where your development is discussed.


Government funding may be available to your employer to help fund this apprenticeship, alternatively your employer may have apprenticeship levy funds available.

For more information about apprenticeships including our current vacancies, please visit our apprenticeship page.

What will I study?

Knowledge, skills and behaviours:

  • Implement people strategies and equality objectives for the business.
  • Address people issues within your area of work, managing risks and creating innovative solutions.
  • Develop and implement annual people plans and projects. Align to business and people strategies ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Maintain up-to-date people policies, ensuring developments in people practice are embedded.
  • Make and present evidence-based decisions for people solutions, drawing on and carrying out relevant research and utilising benchmarking data.
  • Provide advice, guidance, and training to the business on people related issues in line with business policies and employment law.
  • Develop and maintain inclusive relationships with internal stakeholders to influence and support their people requirements.
  • Contribute to workforce design and succession planning, identifying future trends and issues across the organisation.
  • Contribute to the ongoing success and growth to their organisation by providing insight on people related issues.
  • Evaluate impact of people policies and procedures on the organisation, its culture, and its people.
  • Lead people development such as talent management, coaching and mentoring arrangements, for their organisation.
  • Support the improvement of the agility and productivity of workforces and organisations, to enable innovation and collaborative working using technology.
  • Enable the 3 pillars of sustainability (Economy, Society and Environment) and social value.

Entry requirements

The requirement for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer, but may typically be five GCSEs at grade 4/C or higher.

If the employee does not have maths and English GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above, they will need to pass maths and English Functional Skills Level 2 during their apprenticeship; however a minimum expectation of Level 1 English and Maths initial assessment is required. 

You must also be working in a role that supports this personal development programme.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

Based on the entry requirements set by the employer the minimum duration for this apprenticeship will be 22 months plus EPA.

How will I be assessed?

Presentation with questions

You will produce and deliver a presentation to an independent assessor. You must submit your presentation slides and any supporting materials to the EPAO by the end of week You have 5 of the EPA period. The presentation and questions will last at least 50 minutes. The independent assessor will ask you at least 6 questions.

Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

You will have a professional discussion with an independent assessor. It will last 75 minutes. They will ask you at least 7 questions. The questions will be about certain aspects of your occupation. You need to compile a portfolio of evidence before the EPA gateway. You can use it to help answer the questions.

Integrated Assessment - Assignment

You will complete an assignment requiring long written answers.

The assignment will have 2 long response written questions. You will have up to 6 weeks to complete it.

The EPAO will confirm where and when each assessment method will take place.

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