Learning & Development Practitioner Apprenticeship L3

Level 3 Learning & Development Practitioner Apprenticeship
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What is a Learning & Development Practitioner?

A Learning & Development Practitioner Apprenticeship involves identifying, creating, and delivering appropriate training to meet the learning needs of individuals, teams, and the entire organisation.

This role collaborates closely with Human Resources specialists, such as employee relations, reward, and recruitment experts, and may work alongside an L&D Administrator (a more junior role) while reporting to an L&D Business Partner, Consultant, or Manager.

L&D Practitioners often collaborate with Subject Matter Experts across different parts of the business to contribute to and influence improved performance at all levels of the organisation.

The primary duties we cover on this apprenticeship...
  • L&D Practitioners are involved in identifying learning/training needs, designing/sourcing solutions, delivering, and evaluating training while collaborating with stakeholder/business area managers.
  • The focus is on the practical delivery of training, linking learning to business objectives and performance.
  • They possess expertise and competence in specific fields, whether technical, vocational, or behavioural.
  • The role can be specialist, with in-depth expertise in areas like learning design, e-learning, or digital/blended learning.
  • L&D Practitioners are future-focused, understanding business context/culture and the entire training and learning cycles, including sustainability strategies and policies like net carbon zero emissions.
  • The role exists in private, public, and third-sector organizations, supporting L&D functions for improved workplace performance at all levels.
  • They often work alongside HR specialists and may report to an L&D Business Partner, Consultant, or Manager.
  • Collaboration with Subject Matter Experts in different business areas is common.
Apprentices will benefit from:

Earn a wage, whilst studying a fantastic course

Gaining experience in a fast-paced & competitive industry

No learning costs for the Apprentice


Potential career paths of Apprentices…

  • L and D Practitioner

  • L and D Manager
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The length of this apprenticeship should typically be 18 - 24 months.

Entry Requirements

Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice will have an area of technical, vocational or behavioural expertise in which the organisation needs others to acquire through training.


Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those for whom this is their primary language.

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).

Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours

Requirements: Core Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours


The L&D Practitioner will have an understanding of:

Technical expertise

  • Foundation level theories and models that underpin effective adult learning and group behaviour. For example, training/learning cycle, group dynamics, continuing professional development, evaluation.
  • How different learning delivery channels – face-to-face, blended or digital – contribute to effective learning.
  • How to measure the impact of a learning intervention on delegates, eg L1/L2 Kirkpatrick, improvement in skills.
  • The latest learning practice.
  • How diversity and inclusion influences the planning and delivery of L&D interventions.

Business and Commercial understanding

  • What their organisation does, its structure, values and its external market and sector.
  • The commercial context and drivers and process behind learning needs and solutions.
  • This may include an organisation’s sustainability strategy or exposure to the UK Government’s policy for net carbon zero emissions by 2050, for example, ensuring a just transition for those with legacy skills into the new green economy.

L&D function

  • The various L&D roles that may be required for effective learning and development in an organisation.
  • Their roles and responsibilities within the L&D structure.
  • The policies and processes required for effective organisation learning.

Management information and technology

  • The role of data to analyse learning needs and ensure effective delivery.
  • How internal information systems can support learning.
  • How technology supports learning, including understanding of digital platforms / delivery channels as relevant.


The L&D Practitioner will be able to:

Identification of training or learning needs

  • Identify and analyse learning needs: establish team and individual capability and learning gaps, in line with organisational performance outcomes and to enable effective evaluation.
  • This may include an organisation’s sustainability strategy or exposure to the UK Government’s policy for net carbon zero emissions by 2050, for example, ensuring a just transition for those with legacy skills into the new green economy.
  • Use sound questioning and active listening skills to understand requirements and establish root causes i.e. establishing that it really is a learning/training need, before developing L&D solutions.
  • Consult with stakeholders to draw out relevant information and provide feedback to inform learning and training needs requirements.
  • Use effective analytical skills to seek out and analyse information.
  • Take ownership through to resolution, escalating complex situations as appropriate.

Training / Learning Design

  • Design, construct and structure training / learning resources to meet a variety of needs, which will include:
  • Research of delivery options and resources including digital / online / blended solutions (including identifying existing resources)
  • Planning programmes / sessions / modules
  • Selecting appropriate delivery methods
  • Designing creative, engaging, appropriate, and inclusive learning activities (could be e-learning, digital collaboration, group sessions, blended etc.)
  • Developing materials and resources to support learning.
Training/ Learning delivery 
  • Confidently engage all learners in structured learner-centered training, primarily of ‘content-driven’ training resources.
  • Plan, organise and prepare for a training/learning event/intervention in a timely fashion.
  • Interact with learners of varying abilities, using a broad range of techniques and carefully planned and executed questioning techniques.
  • Facilitate and deliver learning in a face-to-face, blended and digital environment as appropriate.
  • Monitor a learner’s progress and deliver motivational and developmental feedback.
  • Manage participation, attitudes and behaviours to reach learning objectives.
  • Use effective coaching skills to enable learners to achieve learning objectives.
  • Evaluate the impact of learning solutions - measure and assess development initiatives for effectiveness, business relevance, efficiency, and continually seek ways to improve learning solutions.
  • Build evaluation mechanisms for learning outcomes including the use of quantitative and qualitative feedback where appropriate.
  • Apply techniques to analyse the impact of training from learners’ experience.
Communication and Interpersonal
  • Communicate and influence through a range of media e.g. phone, face-to-face, email, online / virtual, adapting their style to their audience.
  • Build trust and sound relationships with customers/learners/colleagues.
  • Handle conflict and sensitive situations professionally and confidentially.
Teamwork and collaboration
  • Consistently support colleagues / collaborate within the team and L&D to achieve results.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with others in the L&D team, HR and the wider business as required.


The L&D Practitioner will be able to demonstrate:

Constant and Curious Learner

  • Proactively look, listen and question to understand and learn.
  • An interest in new ideas and techniques, seeking and taking on board feedback, identifying areas for self-development.
  • A willingness to explore and take risks to learn something new.

Collaborative Partner

  • Consideration of the needs of others alongside the needs of the business.
  • They act with integrity and demonstrate organisational values in the way they interact with others.
  • They deliver the outcomes of their work through co-design, with a willingness. to question and challenge as appropriate.

Passionate and Agile Deliverer

  • An energy and enthusiasm for their work, ensuring the focus is always on delivering the best learning outcomes and impacts.
  • Responsiveness and flexibility to changing business and learner needs.
  • Personal resilience to manage competing priorities.
  • Confidence in delivery.


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