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People Professional

(Level 5)

Duration: 18 months (approx)

Qualification: CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management


People Professionals providing expertise are crucial to all organisations in which there is a team of people to support, manage and develop.


They play a key role in supporting a business to meet its strategic objectives by driving forward the People agenda.


People Professionals are responsible for various activities from attracting, recruiting, developing, and retaining talent, managing payroll and benefits, supporting positive employee relations, and ensuring compliance with employment law.


This apprenticeship will take around 18 months to complete.


As part of the apprenticeship* with BePro, apprentices will study the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management for no additional cost outside of the funding band.*

*Apprentices will need to become a member of the CIPD which is payable directly to them and is approximately £140.


If you feel that this programme may not be the right level for you and you may have the majority of the knowledge and skills already, the Senior People Professional apprenticeship​ might be a better route for you.


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Building your Skills, Knowledge & Behaviours

Whichever of the options is chosen, they will have a good grounding across the whole range of HR disciplines as this is contained in both of the qualification options included in this standard. They will often be required to make decisions and recommendations on what the business can or should do in a specific situation. They will be influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation. They are also likely to lead the people related elements of business or HR projects. Whatever their role, they will need to link the work they do to the context and priorities of the business. In a larger organisation they may be one of a team supporting the business and they may also have responsibility for managing people.

Making an Impact

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation will give specific advice and coaching on the interpretation of applicable policies and employment law to the business.


They will also support on people related elements of business projects. They will work with stakeholders inside the People function, internal stakeholders, and external stakeholders as appropriate.

An employee in this role will interact with various roles at differing levels of the organisation from within HR to other business areas.


The ability to communicate, influence and negotiate is key whilst adopting evidence-based decision making. 

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Building your Career

People Professional Job Titles include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Manager

  • Employee Relations Consultant

  • HR Business Partner

  • HR Consultant/Partner

  • HR Generalist

  • Talent Manager

  • Wellbeing Consultant


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