Did somebody say that there’s a new HR qualification?

The rumours are true; a new HR Consultant/Partnership Apprenticeship Standard has landed and you can be one of the first apprentices to get on board. The career development opportunity poses a fantastic opportunity for HR professionals to upskill and maximise their potential, thanks to the apprenticeship levy.

We caught up with Senior HR Business Partner, Anna Kay who has 14 years’ experience within the industry. Anna provides an HR insight in to what it’s like to work in HR and also the value of this new apprenticeship standard, and what it means for HR professionals.

 Why did you chose a career in HR?

 “When I was young I felt the pressure of deciding on a job that I would enjoy and that would offer career progression, I liked the idea of being focused on people whilst working for a large corporate employer so I chose a career in HR and I am so glad that I did!

 “Since my first job as a HR assistant over 14 years ago it has been an incredible journey to the position of Senior HR Business Partner that I hold today. I have gained a huge range of experience along the way, being honest, not always the most enjoyable, but all fantastic opportunities to learn. Alongside the work experience I was lucky to have an employer who invested in my professional development, supporting me through my CIPD qualification. This provided the CIPD quality stamp on my CV that employers continue to look for to evidence competence.”

 What does the Apprenticeship levy mean for HR professionals?

“Today because of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy the opportunities for funded professional development in HR are greater than ever before and I have no doubt this will enable people to progress faster in their HR career with the relevant structured learning alongside the work experience. This will benefit those just starting out in their career but also those already in HR looking to enhance their professional development with higher level qualifications.”

 A rewarding career

 “In my opinion, HR offers a genuinely rewarding career; for those who want a variety, you can broaden your experience by targeting different size and sector employers or others may prefer to find a specialism. The other great news is generally you can enjoy flexibility when you need it, which is so important to many of us nowadays, this could be flexible hours, part time or working for yourself as HR consultant. The opportunities are endless, so for those considering the new HR apprenticeship standard and a career in HR, I would say, go for it!”

If you or somebody you know is looking to develop further in an HR role, call one of the team on 0333 444 8802 or email professional.apprenticeships@interserve.com