Link your organisation’s strategic objectives with your HR team and improve your business’ overall performance
HR Consultants work collaboratively with colleagues to competently and efficiently handle the full range of HR issues across the employee lifecycle. They’ll influence managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation. Consultants will be able to link the work they do to the context and priorities of the business.
Who is this for?
This programme is suitable for an organisation looking to elevate their mid-level human resources expertise within the company or organisation. Apprentices will develop skills to lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges and provide tailored advice to the business in a number of areas.
Qualification CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HR Management
The training for this apprenticeship takes place at several locations across the UK, including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
- Developing Professional Practice
- Business Issues and the Context of HR
- Resourcing and Talent Planning
- Using information in HR
- Managing and Coordinating the Human Resources Function
- UK Employment Law
Eligibility for the HR Consultant apprenticeship
Apprentices must meet the following criteria:
- Must already have English and Maths GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above (or equivalent) and preferably a total of five GCSEs
- Must have two or more A levels, or a relevant level 3 or 4 apprenticeship
- Typically, you’ll be in a managerial position or have at least 3 years’ experience in HR, talent resourcing and people development
- Must be over 18 years old
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
- 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 HR 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.
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.