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.

Two colleagues working together
Course overview

At a glance




26 months



About the course

Our learning and development consultant level 5 apprenticeship is designed for those in a 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 expert trainers.

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.

Through our partnership with ICS Learn Group (comprising of DPG, Acacia and ICS Learn), we’re able to provide learners with access to materials from the UK’s most respected HR & L&D awarding body, CIPD.

This course is 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.


This is an extremely exciting partnership and will provide qualifications which meet all the needs of both the employer seeking to take their HR or L&D offering to the next level and the learner aiming to progress their career further.

Gregg Scott on our partnership with ICS Learn Group

The level 5 has really broadened my knowledge and skills so that I can have a bigger impact in my role.

Laura Murphy, Realise Apprentice

I found the learning engaging and interactive. I struggled at times due to my dyslexia but my tutor adapted things to suit my needs better.

Kerry Mills, Realise Apprentice

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
  • Developing a learning culture
  • Facilitation skills
  • Budget and resource management
  • Relationship management

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

To view the learning journey, click here.

Need more information?

No problem. It doesn’t matter if your query is big or small, our teams are here to help. Just complete a quick enquiry form and we’ll be in contact soon to assist you with your query.

How you’ll learn

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

You’ll learn through:

  • Workshops
  • CIPD webinars
  • 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


Our experts

The people that make it happen


Performance manager


Performance manager

I’m a performance manager with over 20 years management experience. I have been with the company for nine years and prior to working in the training industry I worked in hospitality.

Next cohort
23rd July 2024

Sign up today!

Our next cohort is commencing on the 23rd July 2024.

Applications typically close 2 weeks prior to the start date.


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 will 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).

Ready to take the next step?

Let’s talk. You’re only a few clicks away from enquiring about this course. Don’t delay, get in touch and start something exciting today!