Professional development for work-based learning practitioners apprenticeship

Professional development for work-based learning practitioners apprenticeship

The work-based learning industry employs 30,000 people in England, as staff in personnel and training departments, and as tutors, assessors, independent trainers and training managers.

Many of these roles combine occupational responsibilities with support for workplace training and development. This Higher level Professional Development for Work-based Learning Practitioners apprenticeship aims to bring together aspects of work-based learning, education and teaching, and information, advice and guidance, each of which is essential to provide work-based learning practitioners with the skills they require to motivate, inspire and encourage new ways of learning that will lead to performance excellence.

As an apprentice you will gain a wide range of transferable skills that will enable you to design, develop and deliver learning that centres around activities carried out at work. You will learn to recognise and overcome some of the problems associated with practical work-based learning and to support the practical application of learning in a work context. You may even support career planning and progression for apprentices and other work-based learners.

Working as a trainer or tutor you will plan and deliver all aspects of learning and assessment, including learning on and off the job. Alternatively, as head of quality assurance you will be responsible for ensuring the quality and standardisation of learning delivery and assessment practice. Career guidance counsellors provide support and pastoral care to learners, while mentors, coaches and managers support learning and development, with or without line management responsibility.

You will need to have a strong interest in a career in work-based learning and be able to demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude. As well as having basic numeracy, literacy and communication skills, you will be expected to have experience of your occupational sector to ensure you have the suitable foundations on which to build your knowledge and skills. You should also be willing to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

After completing this foundation degree programme you might have the opportunity to progress onto the BA (Hons) degree in professional development that is being developed as a Higher Apprenticeship at Level 6.


Higher (Level 4, Level 5)


Not available

Job roles:

Trainer, Tutor, Teacher, Instructor, Learning advisor, Assessor, Quality assurance controller, Skills tutor, Career guidance counsellor, Supervisor, Coach, Mentor, Manager

Issuing Authority:

Skills for Justice –