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Online course

HR Fundamentals

Get an introduction to the practice of HR, and develop the skills you need to become an HR professional.

HR Fundamentals

Find out why HR is so important to organisations

HR professionals look after the greatest creators of value (and risk) in organisations: their people. On this course, you’ll get an introduction to the practice of HR, and develop skills you need as an HR professional.

  • You’ll learn how HR helps organisations achieve business goals and strategic objectives.
  • You’ll explore the basic principles of workforce planning, employee recruitment and retention.
  • You’ll find out about performance management, and how to support people in achieving goals.

What topics will you cover?

  • Why HR matters
  • HR Professionalism in practice
  • Enabling an organisation’s strategy through HR
  • Data, and how to use it effectively
  • Workforce planning, recruitment and retention
  • Workforce engagement and managing performance

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe HR Professionalism and demonstrate an understanding of its importance to people and organisations
  • Apply basic principles of workforce planning, including recruitment and retention
  • Demonstrate understanding of performance management and how to get the best out of people
  • Describe the role of HR in supporting an organisation in meeting its strategy and objectives

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at new and aspiring HR professionals, but may also be of interest to people responsible for people operations.

Who will you learn with?

Sarah Davis

I'm Head of Partnerships for CIPD Middle East. A Chartered CIPD Member with an MBA from Henley Business School the scholarship for 2003 and a MA in Personnel & Development from Westminster University

David D'Souza

Described as “one of the UK’s most influential HR and workplace commentators”, David is the CIPD’s Head of Engagement and a respected speaker, writer and expert on progressive HR & business practice.

Steve George

Steve is the CIPD’s HR Content Manager and has over 15 years’ experience in developing online training for some of the world’s best known brands and HR teams.

Stuart Haden

Working with individuals, teams & organisations to develop optimal performance (flow states) & be up to 500% more effective. Author of It’s Not About the Coach.

Who developed the course?

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The not-for-profit organisation offers professional training and accreditation for those working in HR and learning and development.

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  • Access to this course for 7 weeks
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

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