The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and business apprenticeship issuing authority Skills CFA have launched a new higher apprenticeship in Human Resource Management to broaden access to HR careers.
Developed in conjunction with employers and training providers, the apprenticeship aims to provide people with an entry route into the HR sector and to give employers a new way to attract and retain candidates.
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The programme, supported by a government fund of almost £800,000, will offer apprentices an understanding of the profession, as well as practical on-the-job experience. Apprentices will learn about improving organisational performance, knowledge management, employment law and talent planning.
Once the apprenticeship is successfully completed, individuals will receive a professional qualification and the opportunity to obtain associate membership of the CIPD.
Those wishing to undertake the higher apprenticeship, which is equivalent to the second year of a degree, will be able to do so from this autumn. The CIPD expects more than 700 people to undertake the apprenticeship by 2016.
Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, said: "The CIPD promotes apprenticeships as an effective means of employers recruiting and developing talent and so it was natural and appropriate for us to introduce an apprenticeship scheme for our own profession so that we can attract a more diverse array of talent to pursue careers in HR and business more generally.
"The higher apprenticeship in HR management will allow organisations to expand their human resource function whilst attracting a talent pool of individuals who might