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Emma O'Connor
Emma O'Connor,
HR Training Academy update - A review of HR training for 2018 and 2019
11 December 2018

As we reach the end of 2018, what should HR be putting on their training course Christmas List for 2019?

Training is important, Training does work

Firstly, I want to say a big thank you to all of you who have attended our HR Conferences, training workshops, webinars or breakfast briefings in 2018. From GDPR updates to "Managing difficult conversations" – it has been a varied training year for our HR Training Academy!

Our HR conferences in Reading and London were a great mix of legal update and HR strategy all under the banner of “The Future of Work”. Our September conference was a particular highlight as this saw the launch of our latest Tech report focusing on creating agile workforces.

Securing International talent – Brexit and beyond

“Excellent speakers, a wealth of information, enriching exchanges”

In November, our Business Immigration team ran “Securing International talent – Brexit and beyond” focusing on the potential impact of Brexit on recruitment and workforce planning.

Moving into next year this topic will continue to be top of the agenda and employers should consider taking the following protective steps:

  • register as a Licensed sponsor
  • invest in a workforce audit and compliance training
  • assist existing employees with the EU Settlement Scheme.

For advice on all of these areas please contact Claire Taylor-Evans.

This year also saw our webinar offering expand to cover internationally focused topics, as well as our first ever live video broadcast! 

Client in-house training

In-house training for managers, boards and HR teams has continued apace. We see at first hand the benefits that legal training can bring to managers, especially to those who are new to managing people. 

Managing teams or grappling with policies and processes doesn’t come easily to some and all can benefit from a refresher or introduction. That is why our manager training courses are a great way to really focus on the core legal and practical issues, in small groups, allowing us to engage with the audience and discuss the topics we know are issues and risks to businesses. 

ELearning was also a big growth area as we saw clients wanting to add legal training topics such as GDPR and equality and diversity to their existing LMS or as standalone online learning courses.

As well as offering in-house manager training, our comprehensive set of legal training, soft skills and HR courses have also sparked interest in our clients. Board GDPR briefing sessions, HR updates on current case law as well as running Millennial management dilemma courses at manager away days, have been an excellent way for us to engage with clients and their business/HR needs directly bringing focused, practical and strategic training sessions.  

Want to know what others’ say about our in-house manager or HR training courses? See our website or speak to me as to what courses we have and how we can help.

Looking ahead – 2019

A big thank you to all who completed our 2018 training survey. Thank you too for sharing ideas about the types of training formats and topics you want to attend or hear more about. I have looked at these and have put together a programme of HR training workshops, webinars, HR conferences and in-house training courses that tick the boxes!

Please do check out our events page. We have HR and manager workshop training sessions running throughout the year including an Essential managers course, an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Champion course and Unconscious bias training. Also hot off the press dates for the HR Masterclass 2019 have been announced - 19-20 June 2019.

I’ll be writing to you about our courses further during 2019 but book early as places are limited.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful and prosperous New Year and I look forward to welcoming you to an HR Training Academy event in 2019.

For more information about the HR Training Academy or to discuss your organisation’s training needs please contact Emma O’Connor, Head of Training, on 0118 952 7284 or email [email protected].

Consistent with our policy when giving comment and advice on a non-specific basis, we cannot assume legal responsibility for the accuracy of any particular statement. In the case of specific problems we recommend that professional advice be sought.

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