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
05 March 15  09:15 for 09:30 start

Gloucestershire Branch
Hereford, Worcester Branch
Venue: Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel, Puckrup Lane, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 6EL

Speaker(s): Jenny Jones, Rob Rees, Carol Davis

Message from Branch Chair Tracy Arlott

My name is Tracy Arlott and I am the new Branch Chair.

First of all I would like to say on behalf of the Branch team a huge thank you to our previous Chair Nicholas Blake for all of his hard work and commitment to the Branch over the years as Chair, Vice-Chair, Newsletter Editor and Programme Co-ordinator. Nick has stepped down from Branch activities as he approaches retirement and we wish him all the very best for the future.

Recruited by Nick, I have been a member of the H&W Branch team since 2006 and to date have undertaken Events Co-ordinator, Secretary, Rep to Council and Vice Chair roles. My background has predominantly been in the public sector; working for the NHS, and currently for Worcestershire County Council. I am a HR Manager, Coaching Practitioner and Trainer.

We have a committed, enthusiastic and inventive Branch team, who as I'm sure you know, are all volunteers that work very hard to fly the CIPD flag! I have known many of the Branch team for a number of years now and I look forward to working with them in my capacity as Branch Chair.

Like all branches, we are always looking for volunteers to help run the Branch and optimise what we can offer to local members, so if you want to develop your skills and build your professional network, not to mention enhance your CPD, please get in touch.

I am very proud and excited to be undertaking the role as Chair – please keep coming to events, keep giving us feedback, join in if you can and help us to deliver the best local professional support to all of you! 

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 Tracy Arlott
Herefordshire Group
A group has been established to organise activities for members living/working in Herefordshire.

To register your interest contact Herefordshire group chair Eyvonne Dight on Tel 07791 775612

Visit the Herefordshire Group page