So I’m now one month into my CIPD, HR Partner, level 5 Apprenticeship with Exeter College.
I have been attending classes in Exeter, tutored by Kathy Hill.
As I mentioned in my last post, our group are from a range of small and large employers in different sectors. It really adds value to talk with my colleagues in the class as they all bring different perspectives on the modules we are learning and the topics we are discussing.
I have started to work on my first assignment (5CHR) which takes the form of a 3900 word report. Our weekly college days go through theory and give me the background knowledge and tools that I can further research and apply to my organisation.
I recently conducted PESTLE (Political, Economical, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental) analysis of the University and the external factors affecting HR. I found the exercise interesting and it made me raise my head above the parapet to give me more of a “helicopter view” as opposed to focussing on the issues directly affecting the People Development team. I was able to discuss my analysis with my line manager in our weekly 1:1s, which I found to be of real value.
Another strategy tool I practiced was Porters 5 Forces, which identifies the intensity of competitive rivalry. I focussed on the HE sector and the forces that threaten or influence our institution.
I have been sharing my insights with my line manager, and our HR Director. This not only gives me reassurance that I am thinking along the right lines, but is an interesting talking point for strategic thinking.
I am researching around the questions/criteria raised in my assignment and am finding it really interesting. As our course is aligned with the CIPD I spend some of my time (usually when I’m driving in/out of work) listening to their monthly podcasts. I’m relatively new to podcasts, but I’ve managed to listen to a years worth already!
Our skills assessor has now set our cohort up on OneFile e-portfolio. OneFile tracks progress on the course, tracks our off-the-job training, and allows us to have an online learning journal. I have found it easy to log in to and quite intuitive to navigate around.
It’s surprising how quickly you start to rack up content in the journal when you’re adding your learning events. In fact, even writing this blog would count as reflective practice!
Last week I had my first skills assessor visit at work. We scheduled in an hour to go over my progress so far and go through some general housekeeping. The visit was useful as it allowed us to discuss work, college and my progress, so that Clive (my manager), Shelley (my skills assessor) and I are all happy with the course content, tasks, assignments and how to track progress.
My advice so far would be: