Improve organisation performance through learning and development

Our L&D Consultant/Business Partner apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity if you want to take your understanding of the Learning & Development function to the next level. For those who wish to take accountability for ensuring that learning and development contributes to improved business performance, at an individual, team and organisation level.

You might be in a generalist learning and development role, or you can choose a specialist focus such as digital and blended learning.

All apprentices who complete the Level 5 programme can gain a CIPD Intermediate Certificate or Diploma in Learning and Development along with Associate Membership of CIPD as a dual award with their Level 5 apprenticeship.

  • Typical responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring learning needs are aligned with strategic objectives

  • Leading on learning and development elements of business projects

  • Influencing key stakeholders

  • Making recommendations and decisions on what the business can or should do in an L&D context

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are set by the employer and may include three A-Levels, including Maths and English. Some employers will accept other relevant experience or a relevant Level 3 qualification.

Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this before taking the End Point Assessment.

What to expect during your apprenticeship

We address challenges associated with conventional L&D approaches through workshops and enhance the learning journey by providing you with coaches and mentors who will guide you throughout the programme.

You can access your course materials on any device and at any time, giving you a seamless and flexible learning experience.

Throughout the programme you will be supported by an industry adviser and have access to our substantive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You’ll follow an individual learning plan and complete tasks and activities to support each component of your apprenticeship. Progress will be tracked through our ePortfolio system, OneFile.

You’ll have the opportunity to complete the CIPD Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development qualification, although this is not mandatory.

Units you’ll study

  • Developing professional practice in L&D – 5LDP

  • Understanding the context of L&D – 5CLD

  • Using information, metrics and developing business cases for L&D – 5DBC

  • Managing the L&D business function – 5LBF

  • Designing and developing digital and blended learning solutions – 5DBS

  • Optional modules (for Diploma)[MB1]


Programme features

Your apprenticeship will involve a blend of learning, encompassing a combination of workshops and online meetings, along with supporting resources including webinars, engaging online videos, PDF resources and activities. Checklists and practice quizzes will allow you to integrate and retain what you have learned.

Your programme will include:

  • Live online workshops

  • 24/7 access to our VLE and your e-portfolio

  • Regular one-to-one meetings with an expert adviser

  • Unit study guides

  • Access to our learning bites webinar series

  • Online forums

  • Progress reviews

  • Pastoral support

  • End point assessment preparation


How long does the apprenticeship last?

The L&D Consultant/Business Partner apprenticeship is an advanced apprenticeship set at the level of a University Foundation degree. It lasts approximately 18 months, with an additional five months for the End Point Assessment. The programme is split into four main phases which include an induction, core modules, End Point Assessment preparation and the End Point Assessment.

How will I be assessed?

Your 20% off-the-job training will be assessed throughout the programme and will be based on the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours (SKBs) you develop. You’ll also have quarterly progress reviews. An End Point Assessment takes place once you have completed all the on-programme requirements of the apprenticeship and is an assessment of the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours.

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Christopher W


8 Dec 2022

CIPD qualifications

This is a really interesting webinar, which covers many topics that are very relevant for my HR role. Lorraine was a great trainer, sharing her knowledge and engaging the group discussion. I feel that I took a lot away from this session that I can implement within my organisation. I would highly recommend this session and hope to have Lorraine as a trainer for future modules

Jo U


6 Dec 2022

CIPD qualifications

Really enjoyed this session, practical, collaborative and well pitched.

Sandra S


5 Dec 2022

CIPD qualifications

Very knowledgeable of the subject. Great tips and advice. Plenty of opportunities to ask questions and no question was deemed unimportant, there was even an opportunity to stay after the webinar to ask questions one to one. All in all well explained, well-paced, with valuable guidance. Very positive and motivated to succeed.

Charlotte P


5 Dec 2022

CIPD qualifications

I really enjoyed this session and thought that it was very clear how each AO could be evidenced or discussed in your writing.

Sybil P


5 Dec 2022

CIPD qualifications

Very well explained, interactive, engaging with the students. thank you Di!

Adriana L


1 Dec 2022

CIPD qualifications

Very engaging conversation, focusing on the subject matter. Lorraine is always challenging us to evaluate the different perspectives and encouraging those discussions in wider and smaller groups.

Craig H


18 Nov 2022

CIPD qualifications

Di is a wonderful tutor and I really like her style. Thank you.