The Apprenticeship Levy brings new standards that have been designed by employers, for employers – from the Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship standard to the project manager standard.

As it’s the week that Manchester welcomes the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017, in this guide we’ll look at current HR and management qualifications that you can use your Levy funds on.

Apprenticeship changes

With the recent round of apprenticeship reforms, it means that course content can be tailored specifically to an apprentice’s role – enabling employers to customise standards to suit the needs of their business.

There’s a range of apprenticeship standards that can be applied to many different industries, businesses or sectors. Take a look at some of the most high-value standards that are now approved for delivery:

Level 3 HR support apprenticeship standard

The level 3 HR apprenticeship standard has been in development since August last year and it’s seen some of the biggest employers level 3 hr support standardparticipate in its creation, including:

  • BT
  • Jaguar
  • Marks and Spencer’s
  • McDonald’s UK
  • Volvo

It’s designed for HR support professionals in medium-to-large organisations and HR managers in smaller companies. The standard aims to equip apprentices in skills such as:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Managing HR information
  • Personal development on HR legal, policy and process changes
  • Problem solving
  • Process improvement
  • Service delivery

The standard will take around 18-24 months to complete and it sits in funding band 7, with a maximum cap of £5,000 per apprentice.

Level 5 HR consultant/partner apprenticeship standard

The level 5 standard is designed for HR partners and consultants in a variety of settings. It has been in development for over two years and has been developed by some of the largest businesses, such as:

  • Barclays Bank
  • The NHS
  • Santander
  • Toyota

It aims to give staff a good grounding in a range of HR disciplines, including:

  • Technical HR expertise
  • Business understanding
  •  The function of HR
  • Market insight and technology

The standard typically takes two to three years to complete and sits in funding band 9, with a maximum cap of £9,000 per apprentice.

Level 4 project management apprenticeship standard

The level 4 project manager standard has proven particularly popular with employers – as the course content can be customised andproject manager apprenticeship standard it can suit a variety of roles.

It typically takes 24 months to complete (although we’re aiming to deliver it within 18 months) and explores a range of subjects, including:

  • Project governance
  • Project stakeholder management
  • Project communication
  • Project leadership
  • Consolidated planning
  • Budgeting and cost control
  • Business case and benefits management
  • Project Scope
  • Project Schedule
  • Resource management
  • Project risk and issue management

Those who undertake this standard will be trained in effective collaboration and team work, leadership as well as compliance and professionalism. This standard also sits in funding band 9, with a maximum cap of £9,000 per apprentice.

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

This degree apprenticeship standard is a level 6 qualification - ideal for upskilling managers in private, public or third sector organisations. As the standard is wide-ranging, it aims to develop people in management and leadership skills such as:

  • Strategic decision making
  • Building teams
  • Fostering inclusive and ethical cultures
  • Developing stakeholder relationships

Core topic areas include:

  • Interpersonal skillschartered manager degree apprenticeship
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Organisational performance

After completion, apprentices will gain a degree in business and management and can apply for membership with the Chartered Management Institute. This standard typically takes four years to complete - sitting in funding band 15, with a maximum cap of £27,000.

Over to you

If you’ve got any questions about any of the standards above, or simply want to find out more - don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter, LinkedIn or email.

We’re at the CIPD Conference on Wednesday and Thursday (8th/9th), pop over to stand D104 and see how we can help your business.  

And if you’re looking for advice or support on setting up apprenticeship programmes, book an obligation-free chat with our Levy Team or download our complimentary eBook guide on the Apprenticeship Levy now:

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