Duration – This apprenticeship will typically take between 18-24 months
Level – Level 3
Qualifications – Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this prior to the end-point assessment. As part of this apprenticeship, learners will study towards a CIPD Level 3 Diploma in Learning & Development.

Who is the course for?

This work-based qualification is aimed at practitioners with learning and development as a significant part of their role. It is suitable for in-house trainers and training managers, external trainers, assessors, verifiers, workplace managers or supervisors, and staff with responsibility for colleagues' learning and development.

Key responsibilities are likely to include facilitating learning for individuals and groups, identifying learning needs, understanding assessment, engaging learners in the learning process and engaging employers.

Roles/Occupations may include: Learning and Development Practitioner, Training and Development Officer.


There are no formal entry requirements; this will be decided by each employer.

To be eligible for this apprenticeship you must not be enrolled on any funded training courses or hold a similar qualification already at the same level.

Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy may be entitled to 100% funding if the apprentice is 16-18. Alternatively employers are required to contribute 5% which can be split over a number of months.

Topics & Assessment

Apprentices can choose to study the Level 3 CIPD Diploma in Learning and Development. Modules include:

• Becoming an Effective Learning and Development Practitioner
• Identifying Learning and Development Needs
• Designing Learning and Development Activities
• Delivering Learning and Development Activities

Each module will be assessed with a written assignment of 2000-3000 words.

Apprentices will be taught using a mixture of seminars, workshops, online materials and self-study. Assessment will take place using a variety of methods such as work-place observations, written assignments, presentations and feedback from managers and peers.

Delivery Model

Apprentices will be assigned a development coach who will guide them through the apprenticeship using a mixture of tutorials, 1:1 coaching sessions and online materials for self-study.

Workshops to study the Diploma will take place online (at the moment) once every 6 weeks on average, with other apprentices from different organisations. This gives apprentices the opportunity to share best practice and knowledge. Closed cohorts can also be delivered if required.

Learning and Development Practitioner Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is designed for those in an L&D role typically involved with identifying learning / training needs, designing / sourcing training and learning solutions, delivering and evaluating training, and working with stakeholder / business area managers.


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