HR Consultant Partner – Level 5 Apprenticeship

Job Overview


The roles within this apprenticeship could be called a HR consultant or an HR business partner in different organisations. Individuals in these roles will use their HR expertise to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges, together with tailored advice to the business in a number of HR areas, typically to mid-level and senior managers. They could be in a generalist role, where they provide support across a range of HR areas – likely to be the Core HR option; or a specialist role, where they focus on and have in depth expertise in a specific area of HR – likely to be Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisation Development, or HR Operations.

Whichever of these is chosen, they will have a good grounding across the whole range of HR disciplines as this is contained in both of the qualification options included in this standard. They will often be required to make decisions and recommendations on what the business can or should do in a specific situation. They will be influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation. They are also likely to lead the people related elements of business or HR projects. Whatever their role, they will need to link the work they do to the context and priorities of the business. In a larger organisation they may be one of a team supporting the business and they may also have responsibility for managing people.


The apprenticeship covers topics such as:

  • HR technical expertise
  • Business understanding
  • HR function
  • MI and technology
  • HR consultancy
  • Providing support and advice
  • Contributing to business change
  • Building HR capability
  • HR information analysis
  • Personal development
  • Relationship management

For more information please visit the Institute of Apprenticeships

The apprentice will complete an appropriate qualification (as considered most relevant by the employer), within which they will be able to focus on their chosen option, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development:

  • CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship


You’ll likely need to have a minimum of level 3 qualifications, such as a level 3 (advanced) apprenticeship, A-Levels, BTEC or NVQ. However, if you have considerable experience in the discipline the apprenticeship is in, you may not need qualifications.


Typical job roles include: HR Manager, HR Advisor, HR Analyst, HR Business Partner, HR Consultant, Recruitment Manager.

Successful completion of this standard enables the apprentice to apply to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of personnel and development. Chartered Membership can be achieved through further qualifications or experience based assessment and receive a Professional Qualification: CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

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