Learning & Development Consultant / Business Partner Apprenticeship – Reference Number: ST0563

Who is it for?

A Learning & Development (L&D) Consultant/ Business Partner is accountable for ensuring L&D contributes to, and influences, improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level. They also have the commercial responsibility to align learning needs with the strategic ambitions and objectives of the business. They are agents for change, influencing key stakeholders, making decisions and recommendations on what the business can / should do in an L&D context. They are also likely to lead on any L&D-related elements of business projects. The L&D Consultant / Partner will often have expertise and competence in a specific field whether it be technical, vocational or behavioural. They link the work they do to the context and strategic priorities of the business and measure the outcomes and impact of any learning interventions, to demonstrate a return on investment/expectation.
The role can be a generalist L&D or more specialist, where the focus and in-depth expertise is in a specific area such as organisation development, digital / blended learning, resourcing, or talent management. Whichever the area of focus, the role requires a good grounding across all areas of L&D, and is business and future focused.
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.

What will be covered?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, a Learning and Development Consultant will have knowledge and an understanding of:

  • Technical Expertise

  • Business Understanding

  • L&D Function

  • Management Information and Technology

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, a Learning and Development Consultant will have and be able to exhibit skills in the following areas:

  • L&D Consultancy

  • Developing a Learning Culture

  • Budget/Resource Management

  • Relationship Management

  • Facilitation Skills

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, a Learning and Development Consultant will exhibit the following behaviours:

  • Constant and Curious Learner

  • Collaborative Partner

  • Commercial Thinker

  • Constructive Challenger

  • Passionate and Agile Deliverer

For more information on this apprenticeship, or any of the apprenticeships we have on offer please do contact us on 01865 515 255 and a member of the team would be delighted to chat this through with you. Alternatively, please do get in touch via email at enquiries@oxfordpeg.com, or by filling in a contact form.

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The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 18-24 months.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers. Those who are unsure should contact the team directly on 01865 515 255, or via email at enquiries@oxfordpeg.com. Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.


This apprenticeship standard is at Level 5, similar to the second year of University.

Link to professional registration

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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