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Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner — Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Apprenticeship outline

This course is perfect if:

  • You're deeply passionate about driving positive social and environmental change and wish to transform this passion into a fulfilling and impactful career.
  • You're aspiring to work as a Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S) Practitioner, responsible for leading sustainable business practices in diverse sectors, including public, private, or third sectors.
  • You want to become a 'social conscience' for organisations, helping to innovate, implement, and embed sustainable and responsible strategies into everyday business practices.
  • You aspire to engage with internal and external stakeholders, serving as an ambassador for your organisation's CR&S strategy and expanding its influence to drive positive change.
  • You want a career where you'll work on diverse initiatives, adapting to dynamic circumstances, and contributing to projects and events that make a real difference in societal and environmental outcomes.
  • You're seeking a role that allows you to apply your knowledge and skills in project management, change management, data analysis, and stakeholder relationship management, among others, towards achieving sustainability goals.
  • You aim to become a part of a larger movement, striving towards a sustainable future and playing a significant role in how businesses adapt to meet these challenges. If these career aspirations align with your personal ambitions, then this Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Practitioner course is the perfect stepping stone for your career.

In this course, you'll learn all about:

  • Principles of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S): Understand the fundamentals of CR&S, its relevance in today's businesses, and its impact on society and the environment.
  • Strategy Development & Implementation: Learn to develop, implement, and embed CR&S strategies within an organisation, enabling it to act responsibly towards stakeholders and the broader community.
  • Project Management: Understand the principles of project management and planning tools, focusing on CR&S campaigns, projects, and events.
  • Change and Culture Management: Explore how to facilitate change within organisations, aligning different roles and contributions towards the broader CR&S strategy.
  • Stakeholder Relationship Management: Learn how to manage and influence internal and external stakeholders, negotiate CR&S projects, and champion the CR&S strategy effectively.
  • Data Management & Analysis: Understand potential CR&S data sources, metrics, and how to use this data to inform decision-making on CR&S issues.
  • Risk & Reputation Management: Gain knowledge on the principles of risk management, including conducting and reviewing risks affecting a CR&S strategy.
  • Budget Management: Learn how to apply management techniques needed to deliver CR&S projects within budget.
  • Communication Skills: Learn to tailor your communication method based on your audience and circumstances, contributing to internal and external CR&S communications and reporting.
  • Ethics and Values: Cultivate an understanding of ethical behaviour and values essential for a CR&S Practitioner.

The course will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to excel as a CR&S Practitioner, making a significant contribution to social and environmental outcomes.

During this immersive course, you can expect a multifaceted learning experience that prepares you to be an effective Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S) Practitioner.

We blend traditional classroom education with interactive sessions, case studies, and real-world projects. The curriculum is designed to provide in-depth understanding of CR&S principles, strategy development, project management, change management, stakeholder relationship management, data analysis, risk management, and communication.

Throughout the course, you'll have the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. You'll work on live projects that span various geographies and focus areas, simulating the day-to-day responsibilities of a CR&S practitioner. This exposure will help you understand the nuances of implementing CR&S strategies in different contexts and manage diverse stakeholders.

In addition to academic learning, this course offers extensive personal and professional development opportunities. You'll gain critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, and negotiation skills essential in the modern workplace. Additionally, we encourage ethical and socially responsible behavior, helping you become not just a successful practitioner but also an empathetic and responsible global citizen.

Lastly, our strong industry connections provide opportunities for internships and networking, setting a solid foundation for your career in CR&S. You can also look forward to engaging with industry professionals during guest lectures and workshops. The experiences and insights you gain will undoubtedly guide your journey in the CR&S field.

How to apply for this apprenticeship

We're currently finalising start dates for this course and more information will be available soon.

Please complete the enquiry form and will we be in touch as soon as possible.

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Study location Emtec at Ruddington Ruddington Fields Business Park, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6JZ
Start date

You can start this Apprenticeship at any time of the year.


Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner - Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4)


36 months

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at Grades 9 - 4 (A* - C) including Maths at Grade 9 - 6 (A - B), English and Science or their equivalent. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to have achieve this prior to taking the End Point Assessment.

You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

All applicants will be required to undertake an assessment in English and maths prior to enrolling.