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Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship

The Coaching Professional Level 5 apprenticeship aligns with the professional accreditation standards of coaching bodies:

  • The Association for Coaching for Accredited Coach
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council for Accredited Coaching Practitioner
  • The International Coach Federation for Associate Certified Coach

Why choose the Culture at Work Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship provides a significant number of unique benefits and advantages over the Coaching Professional Level 5 apprenticeships provided by other suppliers.

The apprenticeship includes Culture at Work’s signature ILM accredited Coaching & Mentoring Training Course delivered by Culture at Work’s highly experienced training team. Unlike the majority of apprenticeship training providers, which are generalist organisations offering apprenticeships in anything from coaching to bricklaying, Culture at Work has over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering specialist coaching, mentoring, and leadership programmes to thousands of candidates in large organisations across 42 countries.

Culture at Work’s programmes were designed by coaching pioneers Carol Wilson, former corporate board level director and Emeritus Head of Professional Standards & Excellence at the Association for Coaching,  and the late Sir John Whitmore, co-founder of the GROW model and modern coaching techniques.

Drawing on Carol Wilson’s 25-year career as a board director in industry, our programmes are designed always to give maximum value for practical use in the workplace. Culture at Work’s courses are fast-paced and highly interactive, focusing on experiential learning over theory.

This Coaching Professional Level 5 apprenticeship offers more valuable bonus add-ons than any other apprenticeship provider, including all the certificates listed below.

Certification on the Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship 

Successful candidates will receive free of charge the following certificates on completion of the programme:

  • Culture at Work’s internal coaching qualification CfPAC (Coaching for Performance Accredited Coach), which honours Sir John Whitmore’s contribution to our programmes;
  • a Coaching Professional Level 5 Certificate from the Institute of Apprenticeships, which is equivalent to university degree level.
  • an ILM Recognised Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring, fully qualifying the candidate as a professional coach and coaching manager.
  • an ILM Recognised Certificate in Coaching Supervision, fully qualifying the candidate to act as a coaching supervisor to other coaches, internally or externally.

If all the elements of the training are completed, candidates will also be eligible to apply for ILM Level 5 certificates in Coaching & Mentoring, which Culture at Work can supply at additional cost and work submissions, and Coach Accreditation / Executive Coach Accreditation directly through the Association for Coaching, at additional cost and work submissions.

If the candidate is coaching at a sufficient level of seniority, they will also have reached the standard required to apply for ILM Level 7 and Level 7 Diploma certificates, which Culture at Work can provide at additional cost and work submissions.

Aims of the Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship Programme

While meeting all the ESFA’s requirements for the Coaching Professional Standard, as well as qualifying candidates as professional coaches, the syllabus of this apprenticeship is structured to provide a broadly focussed, in-depth leadership programme, which includes everything your current and future leaders need to become authentic and effective coaching managers as well as professional coaches.

Structure of the Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship Programme

Participants on this Coaching Professional Level 5 course will experience a comprehensive range of learning activities including online live group workshops, a series of practical assignments, and support for your self-study.

The programme is mapped against the nine duties outlined in the Coaching Professional Standard requirements as defined for the Apprenticeship Levy by the Institute of Apprenticeships & Technical Education. Some highlights from the programme are described below:

Coaching and Mentoring skills

Culture at Work’s signature GROW Coaching & Mentoring Training Course is part of a certified portfolio of ILM leadership coaching programmes. The course includes everything required to become an accredited coach, or an authentic coaching manager. Culture at Work have delivered this performance coach training course, both face-to-face and on-line in 42 countries and several languages over the last 20 years, and it has often been described by participants as the best management course that they ever attended.

Based on Sir John Whitmore’s time-honoured GROW model, this training  will transform a your leadership style, and bring about a transformational change in self-awareness, energy, potential and personal impact at a profound level.

The Coaching MindsetWe believe that ‘coaching culture’ is a holistic term which embraces skills, attitudes and behaviour in an organisation. There is a misconception that coaching training is only about learning special techniques, like listening and asking questions. These skills are indeed essential to any coaching and mentoring course, but we believe that to become a true ‘coaching manager’ it is the underlying intention behind the words that matters, namely treating people with respect, focusing on their development, believing in people’s highest potential, creating mutual trust, and building self-belief.

Coaching Feedback

One of the greatest challenges which managers in the workplace today encounter is how to provide constructive feedback without demotivating reports. Our GROW based Coaching Feedback Model provides a framework for creating an environment where feedback becomes inspirational and feels like support instead of criticism.

Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment

Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment arises from her hypothesis that

“The quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first. The quality of our thinking depends on the way we treat each other while we are thinking.”

On this apprenticeship you will experience an introduction to the Ten Components of a Thinking Environment.

Stakeholder Management

Stakeholder map

The key to managing successful change is to understand, engage, and manage all the people who may be affected by a project, whether key decision makers, those with strong influence, or those who will have to carry out the changes. Taking into account people’s personalities, needs, communication styles, and importance on the stakeholder scale, can make the difference between a positive, energetic attitude to change as opposed to a reluctant, resentful, and even sabotaging approach.

Stakeholder management means getting everyone behind your project and buy-in across the organisation. A coaching approach makes the vital difference.

Metaphor for Coaches

Understanding how to coach a coachee’s metaphors can be the key to unlocking new insights, energy and resources in the coachee. Working through metaphors provides a safe, non-invasive way of healing past traumas, divesting emotional baggage, and resolving troublesome behaviour patterns.

This workshop draws on the Clean Language techniques created by psychologist David Grove, with whom Carol Wilson collaborated to create a series of courses designed especially for coaches.

Coaching Teams at Work

You will learn how to master the Generative Thinking Meeting, based on the teachings of Nancy Kline. The ‘generative thinking’ approach can be applied successfully to any type of meeting, whether between manager and report, for team building sessions, or for discussions between colleagues or clients. Combining this approach with the GROW structure keeps people focused, raises energy, reduces conflict and saves time.

Coaching Supervision

Apprenticeship LevyOur ILM Accredited Coaching Supervision Training Course, included in this apprenticeship, is a practical and workplace-friendly programme providing frameworks, question sets, skills and techniques for coaching supervisors.

You will learn about recognised coaching supervision models, including the Workplace Coaching Supervision Four-way Contract; tools and structures for one-to-one and group coaching supervision; and practical techniques to enhance reflection on how you ‘are being’ as a coach and coach supervisor.

Workplace coaching supervisors need to know how to provide a safe and collaborative experience for the internal coaches practising in their workplace. Based on our Four-Way Contract, which identifies the key areas of focus for a supervisor of workplace coaches, the curriculum covers all aspects of coaching supervision including: regularity, content of a session, the pitfalls, ethics and boundaries, as well as an introduction to all the main coaching supervision models in use by professional coaches today.

The course also covers tools and techniques for use in delivering supervision to professional coaches, and which will expand the candidate’s repertoire and deepen their awareness as a coach.

“Coaching supervision is a conversation with a coaching approach that provides a thinking space where coaches can be supported in reflecting upon their work with clients, build their confidence, reinforce their coaching mindset, and receive mentoring, recognition and challenge from another experienced coach.”

Time frame of the Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship Programme

In line with Apprenticeship Levy requirements, the programme is completed over 12 months plus a three-month assessment process.

About the Apprenticeship Levy

The apprenticeship levy is a scheme introduced by the UK government in 2017 whereby organisations with an annual wage bill of over £3m pay a tax of 0.5% of that wage bill. This tax can be recouped only through training apprentices, and unused portions cannot be carried forward to the next tax year. For full details of the Apprenticeship Levy see Our training meets all the Learning Outcomes of the Coaching Professional Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard Programme as defined by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

For further information or to find out how to bring this training into your organisation, please contact us.