The programme duration is up to 36 months and is completely funded by the apprenticeship levy. Level 7 apprentices may be grouped together from a range of organisations or learn in one ‘closed’ cohort if they are from the same employer. Either way, they will have the opportunity to network and learn from their peers while being guided through their programme by one of our expert HR advisers who will help them apply what they learn to their role. Successful apprentices will also have the option to complete their CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management, leading to CIPD Chartered Membership.
Having already built-up significant expertise in the apprenticeship market since being approved as a RoATP provider in 2018, Watson Martin is one of only a few CIPD centres in the UK to offer the Level 7 apprenticeship programme. Over the last three years, we have successfully delivered HR and L&D Levels 3 and 5 programmes to cohorts from such household names as John Lewis & Partners, Domestic & General, Dixons Carphone PLC, the NHS, and Metro Bank, training more than 100 apprentices.
Apprenticeships not only support the professional development of individuals but lead to both improved people practices and organisational performance. In a recent survey of the employers we work with, 86% agreed that their apprentices were having a positive effect within the business and adding quality to the team. The result is a win-win situation for all concerned. Organisations make use of the apprenticeship levy to develop their own people which benefits the business, while apprentices gain the strategic knowledge and experience to achieve their full potential.
So, if you are a senior professional working in Human Resources and want to find out if an apprenticeship is the right development route for you then get in touch with one of our specialist advisers today on 020 7932 2760.
Why Watson Martin?
- 100% online learning through interactive webinars and seminars
- 1:1 support from an expert adviser throughout your apprenticeship programme
- Proven track record in delivering HR and L&D apprenticeships
- Support to manage the 20% off-the-job training requirement to suit you and your business
- Regular 3 way progress reviews to support both you and your line manager
- Real time progress reports via our eportfolio OneFile
- A wealth of online materials and resources on our cutting-edge VLE
- Workbooks written by subject specialists
- Access to our apprenticeship community network.
Don’t take our word for it. Be inspired by our latest successful apprentice Ellie Parminter who recently achieved her Level 5 Learning & Development Consultant/Business Partner apprentice with Watson Martin.
About the new programme
Individuals completing the Senior People Professional Apprenticeship will drive organisational performance and effectiveness. They are the in-house experts in people, work and change and champion the people agenda to create working environments and cultures that help get the best out of people.
At this level, Senior People Professionals are ambassadors for their organisations and will typically have wide-ranging networks and need to interact with many different internal and external senior stakeholders. They will lead the design, implementation and evaluation of people policies and practices. Individuals will be responsible for leading people projects and/or playing a key role in larger organisation-wide programmes.
Keeping up to date with key current and future trends and developments in the profession along with relevant legislation and regulation is critical to this occupation. Senior People Professionals are responsible for seeking out, evaluating and utilising technology to deliver the people strategy and have some budget responsibility.
There are three pathways that apprentices may choose from: Human Resources, Organisational Development and Learning and Development.
The duration is approximately 33-36 months.
A level 5 qualification in HR or related qualification, along with relevant work experience at a managerial level.
Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this before taking the End Point Assessment.
Although not a mandatory requirement of the apprenticeship standard, apprentices will have the opportunity to complete either the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management or the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development, depending on the chosen path.
Throughout the programme, apprentices will be supported, coached and guided by an industry expert adviser and have access to our substantive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Progress will be tracked through our ePortfolio system, OneFile. Apprentices will follow an individual learning plan and complete tasks and activities to support each of the components and requirements of the Senior People Professional Apprenticeship.
Throughout the programme apprentices will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence containing 15 discrete pieces of evidence related to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours, which is submitted at End Point Assessment.
End Point Assessment
An End Point Assessment takes place once the apprentice has completed all the on-programme requirements of the apprenticeship and is an assessment of the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours. The End Point Assessment is carried out by an independent End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), chosen by the employer.
This End Point Assessment will include:
Professional Discussion Underpinned by a Portfolio of Evidence
The Professional Discussion gives the apprentice the opportunity to make detailed and proactive contributions to confirm their competency and is mapped across the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours together with the chosen pathway that the apprentice has taken. The Professional Discussion will last for approximately 120 minutes and will be underpinned by a portfolio of evidence compiled throughout the programme.
Project Proposal, Presentation and Questioning
Apprentices will be required to produce a Project Proposal which involves the completion of a relevant and defined piece of work that has a real business benefit. The proposed project does not need to be fully implemented during the EPA period, but it must be a comprehensive proposal that will enable full implementation at an appropriate time for the organisation. The Project Proposal is approximately 7,000 words and will take around 12 weeks.
Apprentices will prepare and deliver a presentation that, along with the proposal, appropriately covers the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours and will be followed by questioning from the EPAO.
This apprenticeship standard aligns with Chartered Membership of the CIPD.