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Learning & Development Consultant Apprenticeship

Your apprenticeship learning will be with Arch Apprenticeships, rated Ofsted Outstanding.

Transform your HR department with L&D apprenticeships for management

Unlock the potential of team members across your business with an expert training department.  

An L&D Consultant Apprentice will develop skills and confidence to identify and develop a training framework that can be effectively implemented. They will work closely with managers and senior stakeholders as they learn on the job. This will empower them to improve performance within your business at all levels, from the individual to the organisation as a whole. 

Whilst learning on the job, an apprentice will also advance their knowledge of professional practice in L&D. As they work within your business, they are in a great position to identify how your business can grow and expand it’s training, to unlock the potential in all team members. 

Who can become a L&D Consultant Apprentice?

This apprenticeship is perfect for member of your L&D team ready to develop a deeper learning of the craft. They’ll already have an understanding of your business and context specific to your business. Legally, they’ll need to be at least 18 years old, have the right to work in the UK, and not have completed a similar course. 

However, these management apprenticeships are best suited to those already in a managerial position or with 3 years experience in HR, talent resourcing and people development.  

Topics covered

  • Understanding the context of L&D 
  • Developing Professional Practice in L&D 
  • Using information, metrics and developing business cases for L&D 
  • Evaluating L&D provision in a knowledge economy 
  • Designing and developing digital and blended learning solutions 
  • Developing and using consulting skills 

Apprentices must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have English and Maths GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above (or equivalent) 
  • Have a total of at least 5 GCSEs 
  • Have two or more A levels, or a relevant level 3 or 4 apprenticeship 
  • Have been in a managerial position or have at least 3 years’ experience in HR, talent resourcing and people development 
  • Must be over 18 years old 
  • Must not hold a qualification higher than level 5 
What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of a full-time job with training. The apprentice’s working time will be split 80/20. 80% of their working time will be spent with you, carrying out their day-to-day responsibilities. 20% of their time will be ‘off-the-job’ and spent working towards their apprenticeship qualification.

What counts as off-the-job training and how is the 20% measured?

Off-the-job training includes:

  • Work spent on their apprenticeship qualification
  • Face to face/virtual classroom training
  • Any employer training
  • Mentoring
  • Work spent on their reflective journal – for Arch it’s Hive Learning
  • Shadowing other teams
  • Attending industry events

At Arch we have a 20% off-the-job tracker that the apprentice, their Learning & Development Coach and line manager monitor.

How is the training delivered?

For the L&D consultant programme the training is delivered online and supported by face to face visits with the apprentice’s Learning and Development Coach. Training is delivered in blocks to minimise disruption, so you won’t have someone leaving the office a day a week.

Download the programme overview.

Why would I want to hire an apprentice?

Apprentices have proven to bring great value to a business. By hiring early talent using a structured training programme like an apprenticeship, it significantly improves the chances of the person succeeding. By investing in your early talent, you’ll develop a workforce that’s got skills that match the needs of your business.

76% of employers said that productivity has improved and 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. (source)

How are apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are now funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. Businesses with an annual payroll of over £3 million pay 0.5% of their annual payroll into a digital account. The funds are then only redeemable on approved apprenticeship training. Find out more about the levy here.

Can the levy be spent on the apprentice’s salary?

No, funds can only be spent on the apprenticeship training with your training provider.

How do SME’s benefit from the levy?

If you’re a business that sits under the £3 million threshold, if you take on an apprentice you’ll only be required to contribute to 5% of the cost of the apprenticeship, this is called co-investment. For example, this would mean that a £12,000 Digital Marketer apprenticeship would cost you £600 and the government covers the remaining 95%. Payments come out in quarterly instalments.

If you’re a business with 49 employees or less, the government will cover 100% of the costs.

Can an existing employee go on an apprenticeship?

Yes they can. With the levy brought greater flexibility on who is eligible to go on an apprenticeship. As long as the person will be gaining substantial new skills (i.e wants to go on the level 3 digital marketer apprenticeship and has a marketing degree), then they’ll be eligible to go on programme.

Are there any incentives available?

Yes. If you take on a learner that is:

  • 16-18 years old or
  • 19-24 years old with an Education Health and Care plan or
  • 19-24 years old and a care leaver

You’ll receive £1000 split between two payments after month three and month twelve. You only receive this incentive once per learner, so if you’ve already received this incentive with another training provider then you won’t receive it again.

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Are you a business interested in the L&D consultant apprenticeship?

Whether you're looking to hire a new apprentice or up-skill an existing employee, an Arch apprenticeship guarantees to provide them with the skills to become a confident and competent L&D consultant. Find out how to grow your company's L&D team and speak to a member of the team today.