Learning & development consultant / business partner apprenticeship

Our level 5 learning and development apprenticeship will help you enhance your own knowledge with the skills needed to be a future leader as well as enabling you to identify and develop the talents of others.

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Course overview

At a glance




26 months



About the course

Our learning and development consultant level 5 apprenticeship is designed for those in an L&D management role working with stakeholders across the business to improve performance.

You’ll gain a deeper understanding of L&D during the programme and you’ll advance your existing knowledge. We’ll help you every step of the way with our team of CIPD sector expert trained staff.

This is an exciting 21 month blended learning programme (followed by End Point Assessment) designed to really help you to achieve your future career goals by providing the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be a successful L&D professional.

We have embedded the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development throughout the programme.

This course is cost-free to learners. All our programmes are regulated and funded through the government or the apprenticeship levy.

Is this course right for you?

This apprenticeship is suitable for anyone working in L&D at a generalist or specialist level, where the focus and in-depth expertise is in a specific area such as organisation development, digital, blended learning, resourcing, or talent management.

It’s an ideal programme if you already have L&D experience and are in a role that is accountable for ensuring L&D contributes to, and influences, improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level.

Typically your role will involve working closely with senior leaders, managers and stakeholders. You’ll be an agent for change, influencing key stakeholders, making decisions and recommendations on what the business can or should do in an L&D context.


My confidence has grown and so has my self-belief, I’m really proud of my achievement.

Angela Leeding on completing her apprenticeship

What you’ll learn

You’ll master new competences to become a highly skilled and successful L&D professional. We’ll help and support you to develop a broad range of skills across all L&D elements, from technical knowledge, better understanding of business needs and developing a learning culture.

Learning topics cover:

  • Technical Expertise
  • Business Understanding
  • L&D Function
  • Management Information & Technology

At the end of you programme you will receive CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development

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How you’ll learn

During the 21 month programme you’ll have the dedicated support of our CIPD sector expert staff to train, help and guide you.

You’ll learn through:

  • Workshops
  • 1-2-1 support including coaching and information, advice and guidance from sector experts
  • Assignments and work-based research projects
  • Progress reviews, including a pre-gateway and final gateway review
  • End point assessment preparation and support


Frequently asked questions

Who can study Learning & Development at level 5?

This qualification is aimed at those working at management level within L&D.

What is a Learning & Development Consultant or Business Partner?

The L&D Consultant/Business Partner role exists within a range of organisations including private, public and third sector. Typically, the individual works alongside colleagues who specialise in Human Resources (i.e. employee relations, reward, recruitment), often supported by an L&D Administrator and / or L&D Practitioner. They report to a Senior L&D Manager, Head of Department or Director. In larger organisations, they may be one of a team supporting the business, and may have responsibility for managing people and a budget.

Is this course linked to any professional registration or progression?

The successful apprentice may be eligible to apply for Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or any other professional body that recognises this apprenticeship within its membership criteria (membership is subject to the professional bodies own membership requirements).

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