People Professional Apprenticeship L5

People Professional Apprenticeship L5

Our People Professional Apprenticeship L5 is 18 months with 3 months EPA but could be closer to 18 months total if the apprentice has previously completed the Level 3 apprenticeship (this is not mandatory).

City Skills provides top-notch, flexible HR training and development opportunities, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), to foster the growth of dynamic HR professionals.

The People Professional Apprenticeship L5 is crafted to empower learners to offer HR expertise within a company or organisation.

A People Professional apprentice can use their HR expertise to lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges, together with providing tailored advice on a range of topics in a number of HR areas. 

This HR apprenticeship can support a generalist role, where learners provide support across a range of HR areas; or a specialist role, where they focus on and have in-depth expertise in a specific area of HR, typically; resourcing, reward, organisation development, or HR operations.

With their newly acquired skills, an HR Consultant or HR business partner will frequently need to make decisions and offer recommendations regarding what actions the business can or should take in specific situations. They will influence the decisions of senior leaders as well as bring best practices into the organisation. They are also likely to lead the people related elements of business or HR projects. 

As an HR Consultant, the apprentice will spend time understanding the business they work in to link their learnings to business priorities and become a bridge between the company and people, helping all to reach their full potential. As part of their apprenticeship they will complete their level 5 Diploma In people management with City Skills before entering gateway. 

Ideal for:
  • HR Consultant
  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Advisor
Entry requirements

Employers set their own entry requirements which may include a Level 3 Human Resources qualification

This HR apprenticeship duration is 18-22 months.


The Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours covered during your apprenticeship training.

Delivery and EPA

How we deliver the apprenticeship and how it is assessed in your end-point assessment.


View the overview document below that explains the apprenticeship in more detail.


During your apprenticeship you will develop the following professional behaviours, knowledge and skills that as a People Professional will enable you to:
  • Implement people strategies and equality objectives for the business. Address people issues within your area of work, managing risks and creating innovative solutions.
  • Develop and implement annual people plans and projects. Align to business and people strategies ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion. Maintain up to date people policies, ensuring developments in people practice are embedded.
  • Make and present evidence-based decisions for people solutions, drawing on and carrying out relevant research and utilising benchmarking data.
  • Provide advice, guidance, and training to the business on people related issues in line with business policies and employment law.
  • Develop and maintain inclusive relationships with internal stakeholders to influence and support their people requirements.
  • Contribute to workforce design and succession planning, identifying future trends and issues across the organisation.
  • Contribute to the ongoing success and growth to their organisation by providing insight on people related issues.
  • Evaluate impact of people policies and procedures on the organisation, its culture, and its people.
  • Lead people development such as talent management, coaching and mentoring arrangements, for their organisation.
  • Support the improvement of the agility and productivity of workforces and organisations, to enable innovation and collaborative working using technology.
  • Enable the 3 pillars of sustainability (Economy, Society and Environment) and social value.
group of HR staff
group of HR staff
group of HR staff
Delivery model

Our flexible delivery model means HR staff can complete their training anywhere, including the office, training room or even from home. Participants must complete mandatory remote training sessions every two weeks, utilising secure web-based software.  
Apprentices will attend their morning tutorials before completing guided study for the rest of that day. 

Our courses start at various points in the year in January, April and September. All enrolments must be completed two weeks before the 1st Digital classroom session.

End Point Assessment

Following successful completion of the Gateway, a meeting to determine as to when you are ready to undertake the EPA, you will proceed to end-point assessment (EPA).
The EPA is undertaken by an independent assessment organisation chosen by your employer. The End Point assessment components are:

  • Presentation and questioning
  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
  • Unit 5CO03 integrated assessment (part of the CIPD L5 Associate Diploma in People Management qualification)

The End Point Assessment organisation will determine the overall grade as Fail, Pass, or Distinction.

Professional CIPD registration and progression:

Successful completion of this standard enables the apprentice to apply to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

You can achieve Chartered Membership by obtaining additional qualifications or undergoing an experience-based assessment.

The Apprenticeship includes the CIPD L5 Associate Diploma in People Management qualification which can be purchased as a standalone course.

Find out more about our CIPD delivery.