Apprenticeship: Learning and Development Consultant/Business Partner Level 5

The Level 5 Consultant Partner apprenticeship provides a fantastic opportunity for individuals wanting a more in-depth understanding of the Learning and Development function. Apprentices completing this apprenticeship will be accountable for ensuring learning and development contributes to the improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level.

The apprentice will have the commercial responsibility to align learning needs with the strategic objectives of the business and will likely to lead on any Learning and development related elements of business projects. They will influence key stakeholders, make recommendations and decision on what the business can or should do in a Learning and development context.

The role may be generalist learning and development or more specialist focused, such as digital and blended learning.


The duration is approximately 18 months, with an additional 5 months for the EPA.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are set by the employer and may include 3 A-levels. 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.

On-programme Learning

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 Learning and Development Practitioner apprenticeship standard.

During the apprenticeship the apprentice will compile a Learning Journal, which is submitted at Gateway. The journal is a compulsory component of the apprenticeship that feeds directly into the End Point Assessment Learning Journal Presentation.

Although not a mandatory requirement of the apprenticeship standard, apprentices will have the opportunity to complete the CIPD Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development qualification.   

End Point Assessment

The 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:

Work-Based Project with Professional Discussion

The Work-Based Project is a real substantive piece of work which will demonstrate L&D consultancy skills and cover how the apprentice dealt with a significant issue facing the business/sector. The work-based project is written in the format of a 5000 word formal business report, followed by a 75 minute Professional Discussion.

Presentation and Q&A Based on the Learning Journal

The 25 minute presentation provides the apprentice with an opportunity to demonstrate attained Knowledge, skills and behaviours. The presentation is followed by a 35 minute Q&A session.


The successful apprentice may be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or any other professional body that recognises this apprenticeship within its membership criteria (membership is subject to the professional bodies own membership requirements).

Those successful may choose to progress onto the Level 7 Senior People Professional apprenticeship.