Where will this course lead?

This course will lead to the achievement of Level 5 HR Consultant/Partner Apprenticeship, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Associate Diploma in People Management and Associate membership of the CIPD. On completion, the apprentice may choose to continue their studies with the chartered body to achieve further qualifications and ultimately chartered membership of the CIPD.

What will I study?

Whilst completing the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management, you will study seven units, covering a wide range of HR topics:

  • Organisational performance and culture in practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professional behaviours and valuing people
  • Employment relationship management
  • Talent management and workforce planning
  • Reward for performance and contribution
  • Specialist employment law

In addition, you will develop skills in the following areas: HR Consultancy; Providing support and advice; Contributing to Business change; Building HR capability; HR Information Analysis; Personal Development; Relationship management

The course also aims to develop behaviours such as flexibility and resilience.

How will this course be delivered?

The course is delivered through a combination of classroom teaching, practical workshops, directed study and independent learning/self- study.

Typically the apprentice will attend college for one day a week. This will include 4 hours of taught sessions every week as part of the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management (for ten months) and a further 3.5 hours per week including a mix of learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments.

As an apprentice a significant amount of learning takes place 'on the job' through training and the practical application of your skills, knowledge and behaviours. The apprentice will receive 1:1 support and coaching from an allocated coach who may visit the workplace every six to eight weeks. It is expected that the duration of the apprenticeship will vary from 2 to 3 years.

What qualifications will I get?

Upon successful completion of the end point assessment the apprentice will be awarded the Level 5 HR Consultant/Partner Apprenticeship and the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management.

How will I be assessed?

Progress and development will be assessed at regular stages throughout the apprenticeship. This is likely to be a combination of assignments, activities, reflective discussions and observations in the workplace.

The CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management is assessed through a series of seven written assignments.

The decision as to when the apprentice is ready to move on to the End Point Assessment will be made by the Line Manager and the Training Provider based on their monitoring of apprentices' progress. The Employer will make the final decision as to whether the apprentice meets or is close to meeting the requirements of the standard and is therefore ready to move on to End Point Assessment. The employer and training provider will formally sign-off individual readiness for the end point assessment. This is when the apprentice has met and can confidently apply the minimum requirements of skills, knowledge and behaviours as detailed in the apprenticeship standard and successfully completed the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management.

The End Point Assessment contains two components:

- A Consultative Project which contains a range of evidence demonstrating that the apprentice has met the requirements of specific Knowledge and Skills

- A Professional Discussion that will explore the specific Skills and Behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard

How do I get a place on the course?

Please email cipd@solihull.ac.uk to request an application pack.  A CIPD tutor will then contact you directly and send you an application form, on returned receipt of which they will then contact you for a short telephone interview.

Please note this is not an apprenticeship vacancy. This course is intended for apprentices in employment whose employer chooses Solihull College and University Centre as their training provider. If you are looking for an apprenticeship vacancy, you can go to the college's main website, click on 'Becoming an Apprentice', then click on 'Apprenticeship Vacancies'; these are vacancies from employers for which you can apply.  There is also a link to the main government apprenticeship vacancies website, which has vacancies within the Midlands area, again for which you can apply.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have a GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in English and maths and be educated to level 3. You should be employed in an HR role and your employer choose us as their training provider.

If you have Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

What else do I need to know?

You are required to attend college for four hours a week, attend tutorials arranged with your tutor and undertake at least four hours self-directed study each week.

If you are not already a member of CIPD , you will need to join at the start of the course.

Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

Students who are successful on this course can progress to gain CIPD Associate membership.


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