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People Professional Level 5 Standard


Approx. duration: 22 months

Start Date: September

Attendance: One day a week at the Ipswich Campus

Entry requirements:

  • Individual employers will set their selection criteria for applicants.
  • Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week and have a contract of employment.
  • Entry into the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough skills scan assessment to clarify course suitability.
  • Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to 4 GCSEs including Maths and English 9-3/A-E or Functional Skills Level 1. Apprentices must achieve Functional Skills Level 2 in English and/or Maths if they have a GCSE grade below Grade 4 or C.

On-programme learning:

  • Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management
  • English and Maths (if required) to achieve Level 2

End-point assessment:

Delivered by CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)


Successful Apprentices may benefit from career enhancement or progress further to higher-level management, broaden their HR expertise in another area or further study up to post graduate level.

Course Summary:

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the need of both the Apprentice and their employer.

This role can be found in organisations of any size, in any sector. In smaller organisations, this type of role is likely to have a broader remit. People Professionals play a key role in supporting the business to meet its strategic objectives by driving forward the People agenda. People Professionals are responsible for various activities from attracting, recruiting, developing, and retaining talent, managing payroll and benefits, supporting positive employee relations, and ensuring compliance with employment law.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to support the business to meet its objectives through the people agenda and relative initiatives. People expertise will be used to provide advice, views, and challenge to the business, enabling the role to be involved in a wide range of projects and tasks.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation will give specific advice and coaching on the interpretation of applicable policies and employment law to the business. They will also support on people related elements of business projects. They will work with stakeholders inside the People function, internal stakeholders, and external stakeholders as appropriate.

An employee in this role will interact with various roles at differing levels of the organisation from within HR to other business areas. The ability to communicate, influence and negotiate is key whilst adopting evidence-based decision making.

An employee in this occupation could be responsible for supporting the business to deliver their objectives through development of a people plan. Making recommendations on what the business can or should do in specific situations. Supporting manager and leaders to implement their people strategies. Using data to provide insights into people trends and issues and creating solutions to deal with them. Maintaining knowledge of both internal and external environment and how this impacts role. Contributing to the review, design and update of any people policies and processes ensuring they are in line with legislative requirements. Keeping up to date with emerging thinking and people trends.

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for Associate Member

Institute for Apprenticeships