Level 7 Apprenticeship - Senior People Professional

Who is the programme aimed at?

This Level 7 apprenticeship is suitable for people practitioners in any organisation and sector. The role of the Senior People Professional is to get the best from employees through developing and implementing people practices that will enhance the organisation’s performance and effectiveness by creating the right culture and working environment.

How will the programme be delivered?

Each apprentice has an individual learning plan which includes workshops, online learning activities, workplace learning and functional skills. Delivery is through a blended learning approach and the content of the programme depends on their individual needs in being able to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship standard and their role.

Our Senior People Professional apprentices study the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management which is built into the programme.

Those apprentices who don’t already hold Grade 2 or above in maths and English will also study these subjects as part of their programme, working towards achieving Grade 2 functional skills.

Apprentices have a skills coach who meets with them regularly to support learning and progress, identify development opportunities in the workplace and provide pastoral support.

Key features of the programme are:

Pre-programme

· A full and detailed analysis of learning needs and other diagnostics is completed with the individual and employer, making sure this is the right programme for both the apprentice and the organisation and enabling us to understand the individual’s starting point for the programme. We can then build on this to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that they need to successfully complete their apprenticeship.

Introduction to the apprenticeship

§ An induction to the apprenticeship for the apprentice, as well as the line manager.

§ Registration on CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management.

On programme

· A blended learning method of delivery for knowledge and skills elements of the programme with a choice of either face to face with online learning or 100% online learning. All our online learning includes interactive group workshops delivered live by our tutors and a wide range of online activities on demand.

§ Between workshops apprentices undertake independent study, complete assignments, workplace projects, as well as other off the job and online activities.

§ Compiling a portfolio of evidence demonstrating application of knowledge, skills, and behaviours within the apprenticeship standard.

§ Review meetings with the apprentice and skills coach every 2 months.

§ On-going assessment to monitor progress in achieving the apprenticeship standard, being ready for ‘gateway’ and the final end-point assessment.

§ Maths and English support with online activities/tutor support.

§ Review meetings with the line manager.

End-Point Assessment

The final part of the apprenticeship programme is end-point assessment, when the apprentice is required to complete specific activities, enabling the independent end-point assessment organisation to assess whether they are able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours identified in the apprenticeship standard.

The EPA organisation is selected by you as the employer, with our support. The EPAO is independent and won’t have been involved in delivering the apprenticeship programme of learning. The fees for EPA are met by the apprenticeship levy.

The Level 7 Senior People Professional end-point assessment consists of a professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, a project proposal, and a presentation and questions.

We will support both the apprentice and employer to feel confident and ready for end point assessment.

20% Off-The-Job Learning

One of the requirements for accessing funding for an apprenticeship is that the employer must allocate 20% of the apprentices contracting hours to off the job training. We will help to clarify what counts as off the job training, but examples include attending workshops, undertaking tasks in the workplace that will develop skills, knowledge and behaviours relevant to the apprenticeship standard and attending a workshop hosted by an external organisation such as an employment law update. Working on assignments and online learning activities in our virtual learning environment are also off the job learning.

How long will the apprenticeship programme last?

The length of the programme is round about 36 months, but this depends on any prior learning, experience, or qualifications the individual has. This is identified in the pre-programme activity and the duration of the programme can then be confirmed.

Funding for the apprenticeship

The programme is funded through the employer’s apprenticeship levy with a maximum funding cap of £19,000 including fees for end-point assessment. After we identify the apprentice’s learning needs and any previous learning or experience, we can then confirm the price.

Apprentices need to register as a Student member of the CIPD – the fee for this is not covered by the levy. Once they have successfully completed their programme, they are awarded Associate level membership of CIPD and can then look to apply for Chartered membership if they wish to do so.

cHRysos HR holds an annual graduation-style – Celebration of Achievement – inviting all those successful in completing their apprenticeship to celebrate this great accomplishment.

What about progressing further?

The Level 7 apprenticeship is the highest available in the field of HR, however, you may wish to consider going on to complete a Master’s programme, or attend further courses that enable you to specialise further in one or more aspect of HR.