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HR Support Apprenticeship

Build your HR foundations and prepare for the future.

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

Arch Apprenticeships

Empower your HR team from the front lines up 

Even the newest member of your HR team can have their potential unlocked with an apprenticeship. While completing their HR courses, HR Support apprentices can learn as they work, allowing them to get used to your ways of working, while developing their HR skills. 

At the same time, they’ll take advantage of our expert learning community and work towards a CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate. 

Our tutors will guide their journey into HR, starting with the basics before developing more analytical skills.  

Your apprentice will gain confidence to advise on policies and procedures and be the first point of call for the rest of your team. Help them grow and let them take ownership of a range of your HR processes. 

Who can become an HR Support apprentice? 

Employing an HR Support Apprentice is ideal for filling an entry level role. The apprentice can help out with day to day queries and advice, while gaining experience in more high-level tasks. They’ll need to be at least 16 years old, have the right to work in the UK and not have studied a similar HR qualification. 

Are you ready to unlock the power of your team? 

Get in touch now and empower your team by hiring a new apprentice or upskilling a current employeeThey’ll learn the right skillsfurther their career and quickly become a confident, able member of your HR team. 



  • Understanding organisations and the role of HR 
  • Developing Yourself as an Effective HR Practitioner
  • Resourcing talent 
  • Recording, analysing and using HR information 
  • Supporting good practice in performance and reward management 
  • Supporting good practice in managing employment relationships 

Apprentices must meet the following criteria: 

  1. Must already have English and Maths GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above (or equivalent) and preferably a total of five
  2. Candidates will ideally have a role working in HR, talent resourcing and people development
  3. Typically, you’ve worked in HR for less than 2 years
  4. Learners meet full eligibility checks


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 support 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.

Hire or up-skill

Are you a company interested in HR support 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 assistant/administrator. Find out how to build your company's HR capability and speak to a member of the team today. 

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