Essentials of People Practice (3CO04)




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  • Fully flexible delivery options and start datesDedicated personal adviser throughout your programme24/7 support via our Virtual Learning EnvironmentDownloadable course materials and supporting resourcesTutors 100% CIPD qualified and have strategic and practical HR experienceFlexible interest free payment plans up to 12 mths for all Certificates*Full range of CIPD modules with a mixed mode approachOur candidates attain results that are higher than the national average

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About this Unit

This unit introduces the fundamentals of people practice, ranging from the employee lifecycle to policies, regulation and law. It further explores a diverse array of specialist subjects such as recruitment, talent management, reward and learning and development, essential to a career in people practice. Importantly, this unit enables practitioners to apply their knowledge and skills, building their confidence and ability to practise progressively.

What will you learn

You will gain skills around effective recruitment, selection, and appointment of individuals through the assessment of employee lifecycles, including where you are placed within this. Contrasting different recruitment and selection methods will also support your application of skills that relate to contributing to effective recruitment. You will learn different recruitment and selection methods and ways of preparing material for job roles and to attract candidates. You will also shortlist candidates and participate in a selection interview and the associated follow-up actions. Understanding legislation and organisational practices is a vital part of this unit, as is the meaning of diversity and inclusion in respect of recruitment and employee relationships. Finally, you will explain factors associated with performance management and the role of appraisal.

 This unit is suitable for persons who:

  • are studying, aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people practice
  • are working in a people practice support role and wish to develop their knowledge and deliver immediate and short-term value for their organisation
  • wish to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required to be a people professional.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the employee lifecycle and different roles within it.
  • Be able to contribute to the effective selection and appointment of individuals.
  • Know how legislation and organisational practices affect employment relationships.
  • Know the importance of performance management in motivating and retaining individuals.
  • Know the importance of reward in attracting, motivating and retaining individuals.
  • Understand how to support others to develop the skills and knowledge required to meet both individual and organisational objectives.


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