Events and Courses

The Society provides a variety of development events and training courses throughout the United Kingdom. For 2019, we will host these as 'open events' in association with at a number of pre-eminent universities. Some organisations prefer a more bespoke option for which we offer programmes with courses tailored to their specific needs and provide them at a time and location of their choice.
For this year we have scheduled the following courses:

Workforce Planning

Provided by: George Blair

This workshop is for all HR practitioners who need to work with resource planning, especially HR Business Partners and planning specialists. Workforce Planning is defined as the assessment of the human resource needed to deliver the business plan, both in terms of numbers and capabilities.  It is often captured in the goal of "the right people, in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills.... and the right contract". 
This is a discipline where HR, working with Finance and Corporate Planning,  can make a make a crucial impact on business success. Not only can they contribute to smoother operational delivery, but make significant savings in avoiding redundancy costs, unnecessary contingent staffing, as well as reducing the risks of scarce skill shortages. 

This course is intended for:

  • All HR practitioners, especially HR Business Partners
  • Talent Managers
  • HR Information and planning specialists
  • Corporate planners
  • Finance business partners

In particular, it is concerned with

  • The business case for effective workforce planning;
  • The benefits to all stakeholders;
  • Setting the stage with key planning decisions - e.g how far ahead? how frequent?;
  • Understanding the data; requirements; the concept of job families;
  • Scenario planning;
  • Creating sets of questions regarding external demands (eg technology, demographics) and internal demands (i.e. company strategy, organisational change, productivity;
  • Defining ratios to link business delivery with human resource;
  • Modelling workforce flows and replacement;
  • Supply management  including iInternal supply sources - potential, career and succession planning; Tools and Templates; 
  • Roles, responsibilities, communication, involvement

Strategy-making for HR Leaders

Provided by: Dr Nicholas Whittall
HR leaders have a single question: So What? They have little interest in the theory. They just want to know what works, and why they should care. This course has been designed with HR Leaders in mind. It delivers the essentials of strategy but it is not a disconnected set of concepts. It is a system that answers a single question: What must the enterprise do to continue to thrive in fulfilling its purpose?
It is more likely that HR Leaders will contribute to strategy rather than develop it. With this course under their belt they will know how best to work with the strategist. This course is also available online as a set of videos.

This course is intended for:

  • HR Directors 
  • Non-exec Directors 
  • HR Partners
  • SME Owners
  • HR Managers

In particular,

  • Anyone who wants to grasp the essentials of business strategy quickly.
  • Anyone who wants to know what to require from a strategy.
  • Anyone who needs to know how to develop strategy.
  • Anyone who wants to understand what strategists do.

Soft Systems Thinking

Provided by: Kees van Haperen
This course provides awareness of Thinking in systems, an overview systems approaches for complex organisational challenges. It specifically develops the ability to practice Soft Systems Methodology by: 

  • Understanding the contested nature of problem definition;
  • Gaining a general understanding of soft systems approaches, and its underlying assumptions;
  • Practicing the soft systems approach for the analysis of wicked problems; 
  • Having a critical awareness of the different circumstances in which soft systems approaches may be applicable

This course is intended for:
This training course is intended for a broad audience which consists of:

  • HR Partners
  • HR Programmes and Project managers
  • HR Consultants and Advisors

who wish to develop their systems thinking, problem structuring and soft systems methodology competences.

In particular,

  • Anyone who wants to make sense of organisational complexity
  • Anyone who wants to make sense of change and transformation
  • Anyone intent on instilling a culture of continual performance improvement 

Project Management for HR Specialists

Provided by: Jon Robinson
The course is based on proven project management methodologies, including the PRINCE2 (TM) methodology. It provides practical tools and techniques that participants will be able to put into practice straight away, along with clear and comprehensive advice on meeting project objectives.
The course will contain a number of practical project management activities, along with input sessions containing clear and practical information. Every effort will be made to make the input sessions enjoyable, as well as informative and useful.

This course is intended for:
This training course is intended for a broad audience comprising partners, leaders and specialists requiring more practical knowledge and insight into project management  and develop their practical competence.

In particular,

  • Do you struggle with finding effective ways to solve problems at work? 
  • Do you find it hard to make the right decisions?
  • Do you sometimes fail to be able to justify the decisions you've made?
  • Do you get stumped by seemingly insoluble problems?
  • Do you find it hard to choose between the options you are faced with?

If the answer to any (or all) of these problems is yes, then this practical one-day workshop is just for you! The workshop will help you become an effective problem solver and decision maker. To do this, we will provide you with a comprehensive set of tools to use, and practical training on how to use them.
By the end of the workshop, you will have a wide range of new techniques to use, and the skills and confidence to use them effectively back at work. You will do this by learning (among other things) how to.

Transformative Programmes for HR Leaders

Provided by: Kees van Haperen
This course builds on Project Management for HR professionals and here places these projects into complex contexts. The course applies systems thinking to the planning and management of organisational change delivery.
Based on good practice related to portfolio and programme management it introduces a range of principles, practices and techniques, including the development of target operating models / blueprints, benefits strategies, benefits realisation and enterprise risk management. Elements of the course are also provided at Executive MBA programmes of Warwick Business School and leadership programmes of Warwick Manufacturing Group

This course is intended for:
This training course is intended for a broad audience which consists of HR Partners, HR Programmes and Project managers, HR Consultants and Advisors who wish to expand their project management competences and be able to deal with complexity in chaninging or transforming organisations.

In particular,
... the course aims to combine critical thinking skills with transformative change and performance inmprovement required to dealing with complex organisational challenges. The course is therefore ideally suited to the more experienced leaders and those managers finding themselves having to act as change agents.

One-day Problem Solving and Decision Making Workshop

Provided by: Jon Robinson
Adopt proven problem solving and decision making methodologies. Identify the core problem in a complex situation and understand that the core problem may not be what you think it is. Use analytical techniques including PMI, Repertory Grid, Decision Tree, Force Field and Paired Comparison. Recognise how your own thinking affects your ability to solve problems. 

Understand that different ways of thinking can improve (or impair) your ability to solve problems and make decisions. Gain an insight into Lateral Thinking and Six Thinking Hats techniques, Identify the links between decision making and problem solving. Recognise the importance of risk assessment in problem solving. Understand the impact of time pressures on effective problem solving.

This course is intended for:
this training course is intended for a broad audience comprising partners, leaders and specialists wishing to enhance their problem solving competences.

In particular,

  • Do you struggle with finding effective ways to solve problems at work? 
  • Do you find it hard to make the right decisions?
  • Do you sometimes fail to be able to justify the decisions you've made?
  • Do you get stumped by seemingly insoluble problems?
  • Do you find it hard to choose between the options you are faced with?

If the answer to any (or all) of these problems is yes, then this practical one-day workshop is just for you! The workshop will help you become an effective problem solver and decision-maker. To do this, we will provide you with a comprehensive set of tools to use, and practical training on how to use them. By the end of the workshop, you will have a wide range of new techniques to use, and the skills and confidence to use them effectively back at work. You will do this by learning (among other things) how to.

Other Events, Courses and Workshops

A number of additional events and workshops are currently in development and will be available toward the latter part of 2019. The Society is developing a workshop on 'The Future Workforce' which seeks to address manufacturing in the knowledge and information age better known as 'Industry 4.0'. Furthermore, we are expanding our leadership programme with a workshop on 'Innovation Leadership'. Finally, Prof Andrew Mayo's master class 'The Talent Management Challenge' continues to be available and can be booked as a bespoke event. 

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