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Senior People Professional Apprenticeship

Cranfield University, In Cranfield
24-30 Months
24-30 Months
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Course description

The Senior People Professional Apprenticeship aims to develop Human Resource (HR) professionals to take a strategic approach in championing the people agenda, future-proof the workforce, develop inclusive cultures and an engaging employee experience journey while creating high-performing work environments where employees flourish in their work and wellbeing.

This course enables practitioners to develop a theory-informed and evidence-based approach to HR practice with a focus on real-world application across different organisational contexts and industries. Students develop critical thinking, an ethical mindset and practical HR skills, putting humans at the heart of organisations and their HR professional practice.

This course meets the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the Level 7 Senior People Professional Apprenticeship Standard (HR Pathway).

Suitability - Who should attend?

Who is it for?

This course is specifically designed for experienced HR professionals who are currently in a strategic position or have aspirations for similar roles. Specific job roles relevant for this course may include Chief People Officer, Head of HR, People Director, Director of People Experience and Culture, HR Manager, Senior HR Business Partner, HR Business Partner, Talent Acquisition Manager, Employee Relations Manager, HR Officer/Advisor as well as a range of professionals operating in the HRM field.

This course is suitable for:

  • HR leaders and Strategic HR Business Partners currently in role who want to upskill in contemporary and future-proof approaches to strategic people management, or experienced HR professionals who want to develop a strategic HR skill set.
  • Senior people professionals who want to develop as internal HR consultants and leverage the people agenda to add value to the business, organisations and society.
  • Senior people professionals looking to understand the wider business and how HR contributes to making an impact on organisational strategic priorities and the impact of HR across organisational boundaries, supply chains, business ecosystems and industries.
  • HR professionals involved in the design, implementation or evaluation of people policies and strategies.
  • Experienced people professionals looking to step up to more strategic and senior roles in HRM.
  • HR professionals who are part of a talent pipeline or fast-track talent programme to become future strategic people leaders.

Outcome / Qualification etc.


  • IfATE Level 7 Senior People Professional Apprenticeship
  • Strategic Human Resource Management PgDip (with an optional MSc top-up)
  • Eligibility for Chartered Member status with the CIPD

Your career

Drawing on expert faculty and cutting-edge research in theChanging World of Work Group at Cranfield University, this course equips Senior People Professionals to manage effectively across the employee lifecycle, covering focal areas such as:

  • Strategic workforce planning
  • Talent acquisition and employee resourcing
  • Talent management and development
  • Performance management
  • Reward management
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Human Resource professional ethics
  • People analytics
  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Employee engagement
  • Employee wellbeing
  • Employment relations
  • Employment law
  • Sustainability and green Human Resource Management
  • Agile HR
  • Designing and implementing a people strategy
  • Employee experience across the employee lifecycle.

The key skills required by HR leaders and Strategic HR Business Partners are embedded as core components of this course such as HR consulting, leadership, change management, project management, influencing stakeholders with impact, developing actionable insight with HR data analytics and research methods, coaching and mentoring, business acumen, commercial insight and understanding how external trends and internal drivers influence organisational strategy, business models and the people strategy.

Course delivery details

How you will learn

Off-the-job training is an essential component and legal requirement of an apprenticeship. Learning takes place during the apprentice's normal, paid working hours, with a legally prescribed minimum amount of off-the-job training hours that must be met for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard.

Learning is delivered using a blended learning format combining immersive in-person workshops at the Cranfield Campus with live online seminars and self-paced online learning supported by a virtual learning environment and online learning resources. Participation on each module involves attending engaging in-person workshops that span over 2-3 consecutive days, accompanied by interactive live online seminars lasting 1-3 days.

Apprentices are supported through regular tripartite meetings between a member of our Cranfield University apprentice support team, the apprentice, and their line manager to discuss and support the apprentice’s progress.

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MK43 0AL Cranfield

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