*self funders only
Purpose and aim of module
A major and fundamental objective of the human resources (HR) function is the mobilisation of a workforce. Organisations can only function if they are able to assemble together teams of people with the necessary skills, attitudes and experience to meet their objectives. A further objective is then to retain effective performers for as long as possible. From time to time it is also necessary to dismiss people from organisations.
This module focuses on these activities, focusing not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. Skills can be sourced by hiring employees, but also through other means such as the employment of agency workers, subcontractors and consultants, or through outsourcing arrangements.
To mobilise an effective workforce organisations hire people from employment markets, which obliges them to compete for talent with other employers whenever demand for skills is greater than the available supply. Effective organisations thus develop a strategic approach to the attraction and retention of staff, analysing their key employment markets and gaining an understanding of their dynamics so as to enable them to compete more effectively, both now and in the future. Indeed, planning to enable an organisation to meet its future demand for skills is an increasingly important HR role and is central to this module. As the skills that employers seek become more specialised, employment markets have tightened, leading to increased sophistication in the area of resourcing and talent planning.
This is reflected in the increased use of proactive diversity management, employer branding, work–life balance initiatives and innovative approaches to job design, which are covered in this module. The module also requires learners to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.
This module is suitable for persons who:
- have responsibility for human resource (HR) decision making within an organisation at either operational, tactical or more strategic level
- are HR professionals in a team or HR functional management role who are seeking to enhance and develop their career
- have responsibilities for the HR function and activities within an organisation without a specialist function
- are independent or employed consultants who support organisations in meeting their goals
- have HR career and CIPD professional membership aspirations.
On completion of this module learners will be able to:
- Analyse and evaluate the major features of national and international employment markets from which organisations source staff and ways in which these markets evolve or change.
- Play a leading role in the development and evaluation of resourcing and talent management strategies, diversity management and flexible working initiatives.
- Manage recruitment, selection and induction activities effectively, efficiently, lawfully and professionally.
- Undertake and evaluate long- and short-term talent planning and succession planning exercises with a view to building long-term organisational performance.
- Gather, analyse and use information on employee turnover as the basis for developing robust staff retention strategies.
- Manage retirement, redundancy and dismissal practices fairly, efficiently and in accordance with the expectations of the law, ethical and professional practice.
How is This Course Delivered?
This course is delivered in a number of ways. Our mixed-mode approach offers true flexibility giving you the opportunity to choose where, when and how you learn. For example, you could attend a 1-day workshop that is delivered in central London. Alternatively you can work directly with one of our advisers as they support your development with one-to-one guidance tailored to your individual learning needs. Candidates will also have access to materials and resources on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
How is This Course Assessed?
We are also flexible in the way we assess you. You can either complete an assignment or use one of work-based evidence templates.