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HR Consultant Apprenticeship

Your apprenticeship learning will be with Arch Apprenticeships, rated Ofsted Outstanding.

Arch Apprenticeships

Empower your HR team and take your business to the next level

Developing a current member of your HR department will open up a range of opportunities within your business as a whole.  

An HR Consultant Apprentice will collaborate with colleagues across other teams, coming up with best practice solutions and developing the confidence to handle any issues throughout an employee’s time with you.  

With their newfound skills and expertise your HR Consultant can help your senior leader team to get the best from your employees, helping the business as a whole. 

As your HR Consultant Apprentice already understands your business, they can link their learnings to your priorities.They are the direct link between company and people, helping all to help each other. 

Who can become a HR Consultant Apprentice?

A HR Consultant Apprenticeship is perfect for a current HR team member – especially one with a good understanding of your business needs and some experience under their belt 

During the apprenticeship your team member will become empowered to lead the delivery of HR solutions. They will gain confidence to challenge managers and provide tailored advice across all areas of the business. 

While legally, an apprentice only needs to be at least 18 years old for this qualification, its best suited to someone with at least 3 years’ experience or someone already in a managerial role. They’ll also need the right to work in the UK and not have studied a similar level qualification.  

Sound good? Let’s talk. Fill in the form above or give us a call on 020 3893 5500. 


Topics covered

  • Developing Professional Practice 
  • Business Issues and the Context of HR 
  • Resourcing and Talent Planning 
  • Using information in HR 
  • Managing and Coordinating the Human Resources Function 
  • UK Employment Law 

Apprentices must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have English and Maths GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above (or equivalent) 
  • Have at least 5 GCSEs 
  • Have two or more A levels, or a relevant level 3 or 4 apprenticeship 
  • Be in a managerial position or have at least 3 years’ experience in HR 
  • Be over 18 years old 
  • Not hold a qualification higher than level 5 

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of a full-time job with training. The apprentice’s working time will be split 80/20. 80% of their working time will be spent with you, carrying out their day-to-day responsibilities. 20% of their time will be ‘off-the-job’ and spent working towards their apprenticeship qualification.

What counts as off-the-job training and how is the 20% measured?

Off-the-job training includes:

  • Work spent on their apprenticeship qualification
  • Face to face/virtual classroom training
  • Any employer training
  • Mentoring
  • Work spent on their reflective journal – for Arch it’s Hive Learning
  • Shadowing other teams
  • Attending industry events

At Arch we have a 20% off-the-job tracker that the apprentice, their Learning & Development Coach and line manager monitor.

How is the training delivered?


For the HR consultant programme the training is delivered online and supported by face to face visits with the apprentice’s Learning and Development Coach. Training is delivered in blocks to minimise disruption, so you won’t have someone leaving the office a day a week.

Why would I want to hire an apprentice?

Apprentices have proven to bring great value to a business. By hiring early talent using a structured training programme like an apprenticeship, it significantly improves the chances of the person succeeding. By investing in your early talent, you’ll develop a workforce that’s got skills that match the needs of your business.

76% of employers said that productivity has improved and 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. (source)

How are apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are now funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. Businesses with an annual payroll of over £3 million pay 0.5% of their annual payroll into a digital account. The funds are then only redeemable on approved apprenticeship training. Find out more about the levy here.

Can the levy be spent on the apprentice’s salary?

No, funds can only be spent on the apprenticeship training with your training provider.

How do SME’s benefit from the levy?

If you’re a business that sits under the £3 million threshold, if you take on an apprentice you’ll only be required to contribute to 5% of the cost of the apprenticeship, this is called co-investment. For example, this would mean that a £12,000 Digital Marketer apprenticeship would cost you £600 and the government covers the remaining 95%. Payments come out in quarterly instalments.

If you’re a business with 49 employees or less, the government will cover 100% of the costs.

Can an existing employee go on an apprenticeship?

Yes they can. With the levy brought greater flexibility on who is eligible to go on an apprenticeship. As long as the person will be gaining substantial new skills (i.e wants to go on the level 3 digital marketer apprenticeship and has a marketing degree), then they’ll be eligible to go on programme.

Are there any incentives available?

Yes. If you take on a learner that is:

  • 16-18 years old or
  • 19-24 years old with an Education Health and Care plan or
  • 19-24 years old and a care leaver

You’ll receive £1000 split between two payments after month three and month twelve. You only receive this incentive once per learner, so if you’ve already received this incentive with another training provider then you won’t receive it again.

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Are you a business interested in HR apprenticeships?

Whether you're looking to hire a new apprentice or up-skill an existing employee, an Arch apprenticeship guarantees to provide them with the skills to become a confident and competent HR consultant. Find out how to build your company's HR capability and speak to a member of the team today about our HR courses

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