Level 4

Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability

This is one of the six Green Apprenticeships selected by industry experts as 'gold standard of green skills training'


Who is this apprenticeship for?

Today every organisation needs a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability champion to innovate, drive ambition and realise opportunity at a time of significant societal change.

Anyone passionate about social and environmental change, whether working in a small or large organisation as part of a team or on their own. Typical job titles might be Corporate Responsibility Administrator or Sustainability Coordinator.

This apprenticeship has been chosen to mark the King’s Coronation in recognition of its sustainability credentials.


"These gold-standard, sustainable apprenticeships offer people the chance to embark on exciting new careers... and contribute to creating a more sustainable economy"

Gillian Keegan, Secretary of State for Education


Benefits for the apprentice and employer

  • Understanding the opportunities and challenges of CR&S initiatives and developing and delivering CR&S projects relevant to your organisation
  • Developing a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability champion able to engage and enthuse all the organisation and stakeholders
  • A cost effective training solution for your company
  • Staff will be fully qualified in just 24 months
  • Apprentices will benefit from a free membership at the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) while studying. On completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices will be eligible to become an Associate and in time, a Fellow of the ICRS.

Why us

The College is committed to the CR&S agenda and we have our own qualified, in-house Champion. We have been teaching Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainable and ethical marketing and communication skills for over 30 years

How this apprenticeship works

  • Minimum of 6 hours off-the-job training per week
  • Blended learning, with online study materials, a monthly one-to-one online tutorial and topic specific webinars

Duration and cost

The learning section of the apprenticeship is up to 24 months. The end point assessment period is up to 6 months thereafter. The cost is £12,000.

Skills and behaviours

  • Strategy development and project planning
  • Identifying CR&S opportunities and threats
  • Researching the CR&S landscape
  • Managing change
  • Building stakeholder relationships
  • Creative thinking
  • Fund raising, budget and event management
  • Actively champions the CR&S agenda
  • Committed to developing self and others to support CR&S engagement
  • Seeks innovative ways to add value to CR&S issues while remaining objective
  • Ethical and non-judgmental

End point assessment

To complete the apprenticeship, apprentices have to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA). This includes:

  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
  • Work-based project followed by a report and a presentation with questions and answers

Key syllabus

Section 1: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Context and challenges
  • Benefits and opportunities

Section 2: The Principles

  • Frameworks, including the 17 UN SDGs SDFs and SDEs and the Circular Economy
  • Corporate Responsibility models and theories
  • Inspiring initiatives

Section 3: The Role

  • From Expert to Ambassador
  • Champion to Practitioner

Section 4: Internal Relationships

  • Stakeholders, structure and teams
  • Building working relationships

Section 5: External Relationships

  • Stakeholders and Partnerships
  • Engagement and fund raising

Section 6: The Learning Agenda

  • Teaching and learning
  • Developing and supporting
  • Motivation and personal development

Section 7: Analysis – Where Are We Now?

  • Strategy and planning models
  • Situational analysis and mapping
  • Internal and external environment
  • Research and data
  • Insight

Section 8: Planning – Where do we want to be?

  • Setting objectives
  • Developing a strategy
  • Identifying tactics
  • Risk and impact analysis
  • Prioritising options
  • Writing the business case

Section 9: Implementation – How to Make it Happen

  • An implementation plan
  • Project management
  • Change and culture management
  • Implementing Change
  • Communicaticns

Section 10: Control – How to Measure Progress

  • Monitoring and measuring
  • Metrics and analytics
  • Quality assurance
  • Data and budget management
  • Analysing and evaluating
  • Reporting

What our students say

Cambridge Marketing College’s apprenticeship courses are brilliant - there is a wealth of knowledge and different types of media freely available. The tutors are always available to answer questions and push you to achieve your best. This course has given me the courage to challenge myself and the organisation I work within!

Alice Bartlett Marketing Executive Apprentice, Cardzone

The course material follows a logical structure and provides a variety of learning methods depending on preference. The level of support provided by the college is outstanding. My learning is tailored to my personal objectives and work priorities which means I can balance workloads alongside developing my career aspirations as a marketing professional.

Kimberley Wright Marketing Executive Apprentice, Expleo

I already feel more confident in my ability and understanding within an industry I can't wait to spend the rest of my life in. When you know, you know right?

If you're questioning if an apprenticeship is worth it or wondering if it's the right route for you...give it a go. Especially if you want to become a marketing wizard or hottest content creator out there. You'll be amazed at what you can learn.

Eryn Niamh Junior Content Creator, DA Creative Studio

I have passed! I’m so surprised, pleased and thankful! I will be shouting from the rooftops on LinkedIn about my amazing Cambridge Marketing College course very soon. This course really gave me the structure, expertise and encouragement from my tutor to actually become a Marketer. A huge thank you to everyone!


Rachel Richards Marketing Manager Apprentice, Henkel Ltd

Really positive and really beneficial. I have been able to put into practice on a daily basis.

Danielle G Apprentice Marketing Executive, Coventry City Council

Register your interest!

To register your interest, or if you have any questions about the marketing apprenticeships, contact Charlotte Lestienne on:

+44 (0)1954 234941 REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
Alternatively, you can talk to a team member using the LIVE CHAT at the bottom of your screen.

Approved provider

The College is approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and is listed on the Register of Training Apprentice Providers (RoATP). It is also a member of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the PR & Communications Assistant apprenticeship. All our policies (including Prevent Strategy, Health and Safety, Complaints procedure, Equality & Diversity and Safeguarding) are available on request by contacting apprenticeships@marketingcollege.com.


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