Every organisation needs advice from Human Resources specialists, whether they have their own department or outsource their HR to an outside company. This is why an apprenticeship in HR can lead to a role as a staff member or manager in many different industries.
Working in HR is an important and responsible role and apprentices will learn the skills needed to understand both policies and people.
This blog has been written to support employers and learners interested in learning more about apprenticeships in the Huddersfield, Wakefield and Leeds region.
What does a career in HR involve?
As well as providing general advice to employees and management on HR issues, those working in HR may find themselves:
- Managing the process of recruitment
- Handling the process for staff who are leaving or retiring
- Dealing with issues raised by employees
- Using systems to keep records
- Advising and working with management on company policy, legislation and changes to employment law
- Health and safety
In a larger organisation, a career in HR could involve further training to managerial level in order to manage a team.
As HR professionals are involved with ensuring that companies are compliant with the law and advising when an organisation is exposed to risk, they need to be well trained and undergo Continual Professional Development (CPD) so that they are up to date with legislation and company obligations.
What elements does the HR apprenticeship training comprise?
The typical delivery model of CMS Vocational includes both 1-2-1 tutor visits at the learner’s place of work every four to six weeks and access to remote support from a tutor by phone, email and webinar.
HR apprenticeship training will include sector and role-specific topics, which will be taught and assessed on an ongoing basis.
As an apprentice, the learner will be able to relate what they learn to the environment they are working in and apply this knowledge during their work placement. This might involve analysing processes that are already in place and putting new ideas into practice.
Finally, the learners will write a report that reflects on what they have learned and how this has had an impact on both them and their workplace.
At the end of the training, the learner will have gained a Level 3 Apprenticeship in HR.
What knowledge will the apprentice gain?
An apprentice in HR will be expected to learn:
- Business understanding
- HR legislation and policy
- HR function
- HR systems and processes
The skills they will need will include:
- Service delivery: in particular to management, including meeting KPIs
- Problem solving
- Communication and interpersonal: in order to work effectively with customers and colleagues and deal with issues in a professional manner
- Teamwork: to build strong working relationships
- Process improvement: identifying opportunities and managing HR changes
- Managing HR information: maintaining records and preparing reports
- Personal Development: awareness of business and legal changes; learning how to act on feedback to improve performance
The behaviours the apprentice is expected to demonstrate are:
- Honesty and integrity
Who can apply for an apprenticehip in HR?
An HR apprenticeship can be suitable for:
- An individual who is looking to gain employment and start their career in HR
- Someone looking to change career whether in the same organisation or a different company
- An employee who is in a current role and is looking to upskill their skills and knowledge.
The main eligibility criteria are that the individual should:
- Ideally be working at least 30 hours a week
- Be in a position to develop substantial new skills, knowledge and responsibilities
- Be supported by their employer to complete development and learning that equates up to 20% of their working time
How long will the apprenticeship last?
An HR apprenticeship will typically last 18-24 months and apprentices will ideally have reached Level 2 in English and maths before taking on the apprenticeship.
Once the apprentice has reached the required standard, they will be able to apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
From there, they will be able to progress on to a career as an HR professional, with the option of specialising in a particular area of HR.