Be a social conscience for the organisation, helping innovate and drive ambitions for social and environmental change.
Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Practitioner Apprenticeship
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36 months (this does not include EPA period)
Our Green Skills Pathway
Employers could get £1,000 each for taking on an apprentice who is either:
- aged 16 to 18 years old, or
- aged 19 to 25 years old and has an education, health and care (EHC) plan or has been in the care of their local authority
What you can use the payment for
The payment is different to apprenticeship levy funds, so you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, on uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You do not have to pay it back.
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Who is this course suitable for?
The general purpose of the CSR / CR&S support occupation is to be a social conscience for the organisation, to help innovate and drive ambitions for social and environmental change and to make these a reality embedded and implemented across the organisation.
Roles & Responsibilities may include:
Community investment coordinator, Corporate citizenship administrator, Corporate responsibility (cr) administrator, Marketing and Communications Officer, Communications Executive & Communications Specialist, Philanthropy Coordinator, Social impact administrator, Sustainability Coordinator, & Environmental Social Governance (ESG) administrator.
Role Profile (what the successful candidate should be able to do at the end of the apprenticeship)
The Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner is responsible for promoting and implementing the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S) strategy of the organization. The role involves building internal relationships, engaging with community organizations, and identifying relevant social and environmental risks to the business. The Practitioner must own and deliver CR&S initiatives and campaigns while contributing to the development of the business’ CR&S strategy.
They must monitor spending on CR&S activity to achieve spending targets and help ensure that all colleagues are trained on the practical application and integration of CR&S into their daily duties. Additionally, the Practitioner is responsible for collecting and inputting CR&S data from across the business, contributing to regular communications, and quality-assuring internal and external projects and campaigns to ensure compliance with regulatory standards. They must keep abreast of developments to ensure the business is aware of current and future opportunities and challenges concerning social and environmental issues. Finally, the Practitioner must contribute to fundraising activity that enables internal and/or external CR&S projects and contribute CR&S information and news towards internal and external communication channels.
These are the personal attributes and behaviours expected of all CR&S Practitioners carrying out their roles
- Actively champion the CR&S agenda/ethos.
- Committed to developing self and others in ways that support CR&S engagement
- Works within own level of authority, seeking support when needed.
- Takes the lead in helping others to achieve CR&S results. (within limits of own role).
- Seeks innovative ways to add value to CR&S issues while remaining objective
- Stand by difficult CR&S decisions and hold your team/organisation to account.
- Ethical and non-judgmental
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OCCUPATIONAL BRIEF OF STANDARD
- K1: Principles of project management and a range of project planning tools.
- K2: Principles of change management and culture management.
- K3: Potential CR&S data sources including organisational, sectoral and stakeholder.
- K4: The types of metrics and insight evidence that help inform CR&S issues.
- K5: How the positioning of the CR&S function within organisational and governance structures can impact CR&S performance.
- K6: Techniques to identify/evaluate the internal and external range of potential CR&S partners.
- K7: Techniques for managing and influencing stakeholder relationships.
- K8: Principles of negotiating a CR&S project with an internal and/or external partner.
- K9: Different forms of communication (written, verbal, electronic) and how to tailor the solution to the circumstances.
- K10: Techniques for reporting on CR&S delivery against objectives.
- K11: Principles for developing a strategy that manages the social, environmental and ethical risks and opportunities of an organisation.
- K12: Techniques that recognise and utilise the comparative strengths and weaknesses across teams and the organisation.
- K13: Techniques to motivate individuals to work together to meet CR&S requirements.
- K14: The principles of data management including how to manipulate and store data needed for CR&S projects.
- K15: Techniques that compare a range of qualitative and quantitative data on CR&S performance.
- K16: Factors that contribute to successful CR&S event management.
- K17: The principles of CR&S fundraising.
- K18: Quality assurance techniques for monitoring the delivery of CR&S work.
- K19: The importance & impact of the sector-specific factors (the legislation, guidance and best practice) when developing a CR&S strategy.
- K20: The principles of risk management include conducting and reviewing risks affecting a CR&S strategy. (for example, safeguarding risk).
- K21: Horizon scanning techniques for keeping up to date with the CR&S landscape (including evolving best practices and what other organisations are doing).
- K22: Principles of CR&S-related budget management.
- K23: The different ways in which people learn and how this links to embedding CR&S ethos.
- K24: How responsible corporate approaches bring mutually compatible organisation and societal benefits.
- K25: The range of sustainable practices available to any organisation including in-house practices, partner policies, and outputs.
- K26: How CR&S delivery is impacted by the environment, social and governance agendas affecting the industry.
- K27: How CR&S Strategy influences talent management, reputation and branding.
- S1: Select and implement project management and planning tools applicable to the type of project/ campaign lifecycle.
- S2: Assess the effectiveness of change and identify opportunities to improve outcomes, guiding and supporting others to deliver results.
- S3: Balance own CR&S workload to prioritise competing demands and achieve key performance indicators.
- S4: Utilise strengths of internal organisational structures to help build self-sustaining CR&S populations.
- S5: Tailor approach to maintaining new/existing external stakeholder relationships to achieve progress on plans (e.g objectives, key initiatives and shared interests).
- S6: Contribute to the negotiation of external CR&S projects of mutual benefit.
- S7: Adopt a communication method that takes account of the audience and is suitable for the circumstances.
- S8: Recommend opportunities for external engagement, articulating the mutual benefits and risks.
- S9: Contribute to written reports on CR&S performance in line with organisational requirements.
- S10: Contribute to the drafting of the CR&S strategy.
- S11: Adjust leadership style to achieve results, having regard to the needs of the individual/teams involved.
- S12: Select data that is relevant to the CR&S issue being considered.
- S13: Analyse data to form evidence-based conclusions on CR&S performance.
- S14: Deliver CR&S events following contractual arrangements.
- S15: Quality assures own and others’ work following organisational requirements
- S16: Contribute to reporting externally on CR&S Strategy and delivery in line with industry and legislative requirements.
- S17: Identify own organisations’ CR&S opportunities and threats. Escalate risks within own organisation when needed.
- S18: Research the CR&S landscape, escalating best practice opportunities within your own organisation.
- S19: Apply management techniques needed to deliver CR&S projects within budget.
- S20: Train colleagues in CR&S techniques, tailoring the learning style to the circumstances.
- S21: Identify and deliver initiatives that may raise funds for CR&S projects.
- S22: Identify and apply relevant IT solutions to CR&S issues.
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