Hereford and Worcester



Welcome to the website for the Hereford and Worcester branch of the CIPD.

We are an active, friendly branch with around 1500 members across the two counties. We hold regular, monthly meetings on a variety of HR topics, to which all members and their guests are welcome.

Our full events and activities programme for 2014 is now available on the site.  A printed copy of the programme has also been distributed to all members.  We recommend you keep hold of a copy of the programme for this period, to make sure you don't miss anything from our exciting range of events.

In the meantime, you can visit our events listings for basic details of  forthcoming meetings.   This section will be updated on a regular basis, so make sure you check back to keep right up-to-date.

To find out more about the branch and how you can get involved, see the 'About Us' page.We look forward to welcoming you to one of our events soon.

Next event
11 September 14  17:30 for 18:00 start

Hereford, Worcester Branch
Venue: Worcester Business School, Worcester University, City Campus, Worcester, WR1 3AS

Speaker(s): Stella Collins

Message from Branch Chair Nicholas Blake
CIPD Centenary 2013



Worcester College of Technology - Course Overview

Worcester College of Technology runs three levels of CIPD courses:

The Certificate in Human Resources Practice (one year):  An introductory course for anyone interested in HR as a career or as the basis for further studies.  Weekly on Tuesdays from 6pm-9pm.

The Certificate in Human Resource Management (one year): For people who have completed the above or those with non relevant degrees or those with some relevant work experience.  This is a level 5 programme which is a foundation for the full Advanced Diploma in HR.  Weekly on Wednesdays 2pm-9pm

The Advanced Diploma in HRM (two years):  Having completed the above or if you already have a relevant (business, HR or law) degree and/or some good HR work experience.  This is a level 7 programme leading to the full professional qualification.  Weekly 2pm-9pm one day or two days just 6pm-9pm, or we do a flexible option. 

For more details contact Helen Bessant

North East Worcestershire (NEW) College CIPD Courses Updated October 2012

NEW College is now running the new developed Level 5 Apprenticeship in HR. The 1 year Applied Diploma in HRM runs on Wednesday afternoon and evening, from 1 – 8pm. Workplace assessments will be carried out by occupationally competent professionals.

The Certificate in Human Resource Practice (CHRP) a 1 year level 3 course, is designed for people who have just started their career in HR or who would like to make a move into HRM. This runs on a Thursday afternoon 3 – 8.45pm. There is some fee remission for specific groups.

Also starting in September 2013, pending approval, is the level 5 Certificate in HRM which is ideal for those who have completed the CHRP. It is also a good stepping stone for those with a non relevant degree but with relevant work experience. This will run on Tuesday 1-8pm. Next start date September 2013. 

NEW College has successfully delivered level 3 and post graduate CIPD qualifications with above average success rates over many years. We are delighted to announce updated CIPD curriculum to reflect the needs of local employers. Courses will be delivered at our dedicated HE Centre, Osprey House, in Redditch. For more details contact Gina Carr at or Jayne Sillitoe at or phone us on 01527 405825.

CIPD courses at Herefordshire College of Technology

Herefordshire College of Technology has well established and successful CIPD programmes that offer an excellent mix of relevant practical and theoretical approaches and have high success rates.

At Foundation level (level 3) HCT offers the full Diploma in HR Practice covering eight units. It is ideal for someone starting their career in HR. This runs weekly 17.30 – 21.00 usually on Thursdays.

HCT also offers the Certificate in Learning and Development Practice and the Award in Learning and Development Essentials (coaching and mentoring).

At Intermediate level (Level 5) HCT offers the full Diploma in Human Resource Management covering nine units that include employment law and the opportunity to take part in a Mock Employment Tribunal run in partnership with Kidwells solicitors in Hereford. The course is weekly and usually runs on Tuesdays from 16.00 – 21.00.

All students have the opportunity to attend one to one tutorials and the support offered by teaching staff is excellent (based on feedback from students). Herefordshire College of Technology attracts students to their CIPD programmes from Cardiff, South Gloucestershire and Mid Wales.  For more information contact Robin Pickston at

Leading by Example

National studies have shown that re-entering employment is a key stage in mental health recovery. Therefore Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has helped over 40 former clients back into employment in its own workforce offering placements in admin, catering, portering, finance, estates and clerical environments.
Former clients have said a chance to work means:-

“I feel useful again and worth something not just to myself but to other people as well.”

“I can smile as I regain my pride and self-esteem working as part of a Team.”

“It gives me meaning.”

The Trust is now keen to encourage other employers to follow suit and hopes its Paid Training Placement model may help.

The Model:
• 6 months long placements paid at National Minimum Wage by the organisation offering the placement
• Part-time, usually 8-16 hrs per week
• Trial run: 1 month initial unpaid placement to see how things work out with no commitment to employ
• Ongoing input from an NHS employment support worker available to both manager and employee who will give advice and support
• Many workers come with great skills, knowledge and experience, they just need to get their confidence back; others have completed pre-placement , or on-the-job, training to support them in carrying out the duties needed

Pete Jordan, who leads Employment Services for the Trust, describes typical placements - “Often people have worked previously at a higher level : perhaps a PA who wants to get back to work via more routine admin duties, or a qualified chef who would value starting back with basic food preparation. Both have large amounts to offer the employer. Now recovered following ill health, they are seeking re-entry to the workplace, using some of their former skills but rebuilding confidence and stamina by restarting with more basic duties. The placements benefit employers by enabling them to identify and recruit motivated people with potential whilst helping to fulfil their Corporate Social Responsibility commitment to the local community.

For further information please contact

Get Involved
We are always looking for new people to join our Branch Team and get involved in the running of the branch.

To find out more, contact Branch Chair Nicholas Blake.
Herefordshire Group
A group has been established to organise activities for members living/working in Herefordshire.

To register your interest contact Herefordshire group chair Alan Austin,, Tel 07791 775612

Visit the Herefordshire Group page

Independent HR Practitioners Group
The branch has a special interest group for independent HR practitioners

To register an interest in the group email Deirdre Myers