Apprenticeship description

The Role of a Learning & Development Consultant / Business Partner

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.

Our Level 5 Learning & Development Consultant / Business Partner Apprenticeship is made up of the following components:


Level 2 Award in Safeguarding & Protecting Children and Young People

The purpose of this FAQ Level 2 Award in Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People is to provide the learner with the knowledge and understanding in safeguarding children, young people and practitioners in the workplace and how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused.

The Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification is: 10 hours 

Guided Learning (GL) for this qualification is: 10 hours 

Minimum credits required to achieve the qualification: 1  

Qualification Structure

To achieve the FAQ Level 2 Award in Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People learners must achieve a minimum of 1 credit. They must complete the mandatory Component in Group M.

Group M - Mandatory

Component Number




Component Name


Credit Value







Introduction to safeguarding and protecting children or young people



Functional Skills English Level 2

Functional Skills Maths Level 2

Level 2 Award Health & Safety in the workplace

First Aid at Work

Mental Health First Aid at Work


21 months including 3 months EPA period

Entry requirements

Individual employers may set any entry requirements, but these may typically include:

  • Competence in vocational and/or specialist subject at an appropriate level
  • Confirmation of current vocational/specialist subject knowledge
  • Up to date knowledge of workplace practice
  • A willingness to continue to develop personal ICT skills to a level in-line with the role
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment.

Link to professional registration and progression:

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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