Coaching Professional Apprenticeship

With the need for coaching becoming more and more prevalent, and funding now being made available through the apprenticeship levy, there is never been a better time to upskill your managers and team leaders in the art of coaching.

Overview of the Coaching Apprenticeship

As with all apprenticeships, there is a standard to which learners must reach in order to be deemed ready to take the End Point Assessment (EPA) of their competency.

As coaching experts, we have specifically designed a programme that not only meets this standard, but exceeds it. Through years of experience in one-to-one coaching and training workplace coaches, we know that our tried and tested methods will enable learners to be able to be able to undertake effective coaching with your organisation.

We also know the administrative burden of apprenticeships can be daunting and time consuming, and we want to help reduce this stress. Therefore, we have partnered with experts in managing and delivering apprentice programmes, to help ease this strain, comply with all regulations surrounding the apprenticeship and ensure funding channels are drawn upon successfully.

Details of the Coaching Professional Standard

The standard outlines key duties, skills, and knowledge areas (KSB's) a competent coach would demonstrate in the workplace.

Full details of the standard can be found institute for apprenticeships - but in overview, these KSB's come together for a coach to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • enhanced listening and questioning skills to increase individuals' and teams' self-awareness to enable them to evaluate their own and others' strengths and development areas, allowing the individual(s) receiving coaching ("the coachee") to create and deliver bespoke actions leading to positive change.
  • emotional and social intelligence in an applied way to support the development of self-awareness, adaptability, resilience, wellbeing, motivation and confidence in the coachee.
  • Are non-judgmental (neither denying nor affirming a coachee's perspectives and opinions) and encourage individuals to find their own solutions and appropriate ways forward.
  • Work with coachees in one-to-one relationships, in person and via video or audio conferencing, to aid in their self-reflection, and may observe coachees, for example by attending a relevant meeting, to provide non-judgmental feedback.
  • Work with groups and teams, to increase collective awareness and increase accountability associated with making positive change.

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Coaching Professional Learner Journey

Coaching Professional Learner Journey
Coaching Professional Learner Journey

ILM Level 5

You can complete the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching in conjunction with the apprenticeship in order for the learner to gain an additional recognised qualification in Coaching. Completion of this would also demonstrate a practical understanding and application of the KSB's and suggest the candidate is ready for thee EPA.

Whilst the workshops for the apprenticeship align to the ILM Level 5 and the practice can be applied to both aspects, the assessment for the ILM qualification will take the form of 3 written assignments, supported by documented evidence and 3 written book reviews.

Completion of the ILM Level 5 Certificate does not impact the apprenticeship's EPA process, and all aspects still have to be completed.


Before starting, we must check the eligibility of the candidate and ensure that this programme is appropriate for their current skill level and job role. This would include a questionnaire, discussion and checking they have Level 2 in Math's and English. If they do not, they can complete this on the journey and may require additional support or workshops. This must however, be achieved before the learner is put forward to the End Point Assessment (EPA).


For the learner, this would include a call/meeting to go through the finer details of the programme and let them know what to expect. It would outline their channels for support, what evidence they need to collate and the assessment process, amongst other key aspects.

There are also inductions needed for the organisations, for example how the managers can support the learner in their practice and collation of evidence, and support with the administrative side of the apprenticeship.

On Programme

Once these initial phases are complete, the learner is 'on-programme'. Throughout this time, they will attend 6 workshop days, split into 5 modules, with the first being two days long. In between each workshop there will be a one-to-one mentoring call to help the learner reflect and grow as a Coach. Mentoring calls numbers three and six will involve the learner's line manager, with the latter being aimed at helping them prepare for the EPA. When the learner is deemed ready to take the EPA, there will be a final workshop to help them prepare for it.

Throughout the on-programme phase - typically 12 months - the learner would be expected to undertake regular coaching programmes within the workplace and collate forms of evidence of this practice to demonstrate their application of the KSB's in the standard. 20% of the learners time at work must be attributed to the apprenticeship; attending workshops, coaching in the workplace, mentoring calls, documenting and reflecting upon evidence and doing research for example.

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment is a period typically no longer than three months, where the learner must demonstrate their understanding, application and knowledge of coaching within the workplace. This is completed in a 3-part assessment process:

  1. Knowledge Test - multiple choice questions
  2. Observed practice with question and answers
  3. Interview supported by learners portfolio of evidence.

Each assessment method is graded with either a fail, pass or distinction, with all three areas needing at least a pass to complete the apprenticeship. If all three areas are deemed a Distinction, then the overall grade will be a Distinction.

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Benefits of the programme

Use Your Levy Funds

Make the most of your allocated levy funds before they are lost

Develop Skills

Practice and develop confidence in new skills in a safe workshop environment before

Understand Yourself

Be able to critically assess and develop your skills, behaviours and knowledge as a coach

Understand Coaching

Gain a critical understanding of the roles, responsibilities, behaviours, skills and values required of an inhouse workplace coach

Career Development

Demonstrate your commitment to developing others and adopt a coaching style in your management.

Develop Internal Coaches

Train an internal pool of coaches able to undertake effective interventions within the organisation.

Embed a Culture

Help introduce a coaching and learning culture and facilitate high performance

Develop Your People

With more coaching in the workplace, colleagues will benefit from the access to Coaching

Gain a Qualification

Achieve a recognised qualification when paired with the ILM Level 5 Certificate

The Coaching Focus Way

Our Coaching Professional programme aligns to the apprenticeship standard whilst retaining our unique delivery style and method.

Our approach is highly experiential, engaging and focused on the practical – what works at work. Our intent is not only to deliver an outstanding apprenticeship programme but to ensure that the participants leave with the practical capability to coach at work and really make a positive impact on their own performance and to that of their organisation.

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