Learning and Development Consultant/Business Partner – Higher Apprenticeship

A Learning and Development (L&D) Consultant/Business Partner is accountable for ensuring L&D contributes to, and influences, improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level.

Course Information

  • Course Type Apprenticeship
  • Subject Area Business and Professional Services
  • Qualification Apprenticeship
  • Study Mode: Day Release
  • Course Level Level 5
  • Location Future Skills Centre
  • Course Length 18 months

Choose this course if…

If you are in a role of L&D Consultant, advisor or working in the wider L&D department, this course will benefit you. You are an agent for change in your organisation, making recommendations around what the business can or should do. This course is perfect for you if you enjoy helping employees become the best they can be. You’ll expand your knowledge of L&D with a combination of core units and specialist areas and get an individual plan for your self-development.

What you will learn?

Learn about adult learning theories which underpins the successful learning environment, how to maximise self-directed and social learning, manage change, use consultancy tools and want to have an overall understanding of the different information technologies which underpin the 21st century learning environments. As part of this apprenticeship, you will also learn about the latest emerging trends and technologies which impact L&D.

Skills you will develop:

Planning, initiating and developing different L&D interventions, embedding learning culture in your organisation, developing organisational development plans, evaluate L&D provision, working with budgets and manage resources, manage group behaviours and challenge where needed.

CIPD diploma included in the apprenticeship – a game changing new qualification: Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development

You’ll focus on real-life scenarios, acquiring the core behaviours derived from the CIPD’s new Profession Map, which is based on the cumulative insights of thousands of experts.

CIPD membership

CIPD membership gives you a badge of professionalism that’s internationally recognised. It showcases your knowledge and impact within the people profession. Once you’re registered for a qualification, you’ll join the CIPD as a Student Member; the first step in your CIPD membership journey. We’ll support and encourage you throughout your studies and help you grow in confidence and deliver more impact. You’ll have access to extensive resources like our expert research, journals, factsheets, helplines and online communities to build your network.

When you complete your qualification, you’ll be awarded CIPD Associate Membership, and the designation “Assoc CIPD” after your name. This establishes your credibility as a professional, raises your profile and opens doors to new job opportunities

At a glance

This qualification consists of three core units, three specialist units and a choice of one optional unit. Core units:

  • Organisational performance and culture in practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professional behaviours and valuing people.

Specialist units:

  • Supporting self-directed and social learning
  • Learning and Development design to create value
  • Facilitate personalised and performance-focused learning.

Optional units:

  • Leadership and management development

Next Steps…. You could consider continuing to study with the Level 7 Strategic People Professional Apprenticeship

Entry Requirements

Maths and English GCSE, grade C/4 (or equivalent). If you do not have these qualifications our team will support you to gain functional skills alongside your Apprenticeship.


You will have access to a Learning Resource Centre.

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