People professional

This apprenticeship is ideal for people looking to further their career as an HR professional. It will help to build the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to take their career to the next level and comes with an additional level 5 CIPD qualification.

Course overview

At a glance




18 months



About the course

Our people professional level 5 apprenticeship has been created in collaboration with industry professionals to keep our content up to date with emerging trends and industry hot-topics to make sure this is right for you.

The learning programme features a range of different learning interactions where you will practice dealing with complex and specialist problems while learning how to create and deliver effective solutions for your organisation. You will also have access to supplementary online learning resources from a leading CIPD partner to boost your studies.

All our programmes are regulated and funded through the government or the apprenticeship levy, meaning all costs are already taken care of for you.

Is this course right for you?

This apprenticeship will benefit those already working in the people profession looking to develop their career further.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my learning journey and I look forward to progressing in the future.

Cassie Scales, Coca Cola EU

I would definitely recommend the course for others wanting to progress.

Emily Anderton, Keelham Farm Shop

What you’ll learn

The apprenticeship supports and helps individuals to expand their skills, take on more responsibility in people management and deepen their knowledge.

Learning topics include:

  • Business acumen
  • Commercial drive
  • Evidence based practice
  • Digital working
  • Analytics
  • Insights focused

As well as completing the apprenticeship, you will also achieve the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management.

To view the learning journey, click here.

How you’ll learn

You’ll benefit from our blended learning programme that is delivered in cohorts, meaning you will be working alongside other like-minded and skilled apprentices throughout your journey, enabling you to form new networks and relationships.

Our blended learning programme typically includes:

  • An expert and dedicated specialist trainer providing ongoing training, guidance and support
  • Access to supplementary learning resources
  • Regular coaching sessions
  • Interactive online workshops
  • Guided learning tasks
  • Remote support as and when you need assistance
  • Progress reviews, including a pre-gateway and final gateway review before end point assessment
  • End point assessment preparation and support ensuring readiness to progress
Next cohort start date
4th July 2024 and 4th September 2024

Sign up today!

Our next cohort is commencing on the 4th July 2024 and then, 4th September 2024.



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The people that make it happen


Programme manager


Programme manager

Over 20 years ago my career in training started by working with the unemployed including school leavers and adults. From this start point, I have worked in various roles across training including developing new programmes for delivery, assisting to launch a new training provider and the development of a hospitality academy within a hotel. Managing projects has been at the heart of everything I have done and this has helped with the development of the APM apprenticeship. My main role now is to oversee the development and delivery of our associate project management apprenticeship to support apprentices to become efficient, successful project managers.




Training & development officer


Senior training development officer


Senior training development officer

Hi! I have over 20 years experience working in HR and L&D across the hospitality, leisure, and finance sectors. In several of my roles, I have also supported employees through their apprenticeships.
I have been working for Realise for over four years supporting the learners, trainers and the programme manager to deliver level 3 -5 apprenticeships in HR and L&D.

Frequently asked questions

Can I gain a CIPD qualification through the people professional apprenticeship?

The People professional Level 5 apprenticeship has CIPD embedded throughout the programme. As well as achieving the apprenticeship, learners will also gain a CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Practice.

Our partnership with ICS Learn Group, which comprises of DPG, Acacia and ICS Learn provides learners with access to the latest CIPD materials.

Do apprentices need to be a member of CIPD?

Yes, apprentices will be required to hold CIPD Student membership for the duration of the Apprenticeship. This is an annual membership and is payable by the apprentice or employer.

Further information and prices can be found on the CIPD website.

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