Branch update
CIPD Hereford and Worcester branch e-newsletter
Spring 2013

Dear H&W HR professionals

Welcome to your snowy spring edition of your local CIPD e-newsletter.

I’d like to start this issue by thanking, on behalf of our members, the local H&W branch team who have been busy organising special events for the CIPD centenary year. As you’ll see in this issue of the e-newsletter, there are so many unique and special events set to take place over the coming months and we are delighted to be working with so many local businesses and our local HR colleagues at CIPD branches in the Gloucestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country areas throughout our 2013 event season.

Read on to learn more about many of these forthcoming events, peruse our help wanted section (well a persuasive plea from our current branch chair to you, our members, to join our branch team….) and to see which students have earned themselves a student of the year award at WCT.

Happy Reading

Leona Wilkes
E-newsletter Editor

National Apprenticeship Week and Young Apprentice of the Year Award!

With nearly one million young people unemployed it is vitally important to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to both employers and young people as an alternative to degrees.

It is a fantastic achievement that over 130,000 workplaces have realised that apprenticeships help to ensure that their workforce has the practical skills and qualifications it needs now and in the future. Apprenticeships deliver real returns to the bottom line as apprentices can help improve productivity and enable organisations to become more competitive.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2013 the CIPD Hereford and Worcester Branch organised an event at Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester. Despite a very cold evening there was a good turnout. The event combined a fascinating guided tour and a great opportunity to learn more about the value of apprenticeships. The tour was excellently conducted by Dave Barnett T&D Co-ordinator and it gave us a rare opportunity to see state of the art engineering in Worcester.

The informative presentations by the National Apprenticeship Service's Employer Account Manager, Julia Bakewell, Dave Barnett and one of Yamazaki Mazak’s young apprentices, James Moffett clearly showed the benefits of having apprentices and how to go about recruiting and developing fresh new talent. Feedback received was very good and enjoyed by all who attended. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this event especially Yamazaki Mazak.

By way of recognition of the important contribution that apprentices make to organisations and their workforce, CIPD Hereford & Worcester wanted to mark 2013, the CIPD's Centenary year, by awarding an outstanding, dedicated and promising apprentice, living or working in Herefordshire or Worcestershire, the Young Apprentice of the Year Centenary Award 2013.

The Branch Team would like to invite nominations for this unique award from individuals who want their apprentice's contribution to be recognised and celebrated. If you know an apprentice who fits the bill we would be delighted to hear from you and would be grateful to any of our members who could mention this important award to their business contacts and colleagues.

The apprentice must be officially signed up with a training provider and registered as an apprentice either now or during 2012, aged 16-24 when they commenced their apprenticeship and entered via the survey monkey link

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 30th April 2013 at 17:00 and the winner will be chosen from an impartial panel consisting of branch team members and a representative from the National Apprenticeship Service. The winner will be awarded £250 and will be announced at the Annual Employment Law Event hosted by Plexus Law on 19th June 2013 at Worcester Rugby Club where they will be invited to attend to accept their award.

The Rules of Entry are contained in the nomination form attached to the survey. If you have any questions please contact Fiona Ritchie

Special Events on the Horizon: Diversity, Employment Law and Chocolate!

As part of our programme of special events for our Centenary, we invite you to attend our forthcoming all-day conference on Diversity, entitled “Working with Difference” on Tuesday 9 May 2103.

This fascinating and complex area of HR practice and employment law is constantly evolving and there is always more we can learn about the issue, both from experts and from each other.

The conference will be an opportunity for both. Starting with a completely up-to-date employment law update on diversity related issues from Jennifer Jones, Head of Employment for Harrison Clark Rickerby’s Solicitors, there follow syndicate discussion groups, seminars on elected subjects, and a keynote speech from Dianah Worman OBE, the CIPD’s own Research and Policy Adviser and expert adviser in diversity and inclusion.

The conference is presented in conjunction with the Gloucestershire Branch as a tribute to Heather Ross who was a committee member for both branches and was dedicated to her work on diversity and equality. We will be setting up a memorial fund in Heather’s name which will support an annual award for successful ‘working with difference’ in local organisations.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsor, Harrison Clark Rickerby’s LLP, and a subsidy from both branches, we have been able to keep the attendance costs as low as possible; £42 for members and £54 for non-members – inclusive of VAT.

If you would be interested in taking an exhibition stand, please contact Jill Lang on 01285 653820

On 4th June 1913, some extraordinary and enlightened people came together to form what is now the CIPD. Lots of things have changed over the last 100 years, but one thing remains the same: our commitment to championing better work and working lives through improving people management practices for the benefit of organisations, economies and society.

Therefore what better way to celebrate on the very day the CIPD reaches its 100th birthday than at Cadbury's: pioneers of industrial relations and employee welfare.  Our Cadbury World Centenary Event is to be held jointly between Hereford and Worcester, Birmingham and Black Country Branches on the evening of 4 June 2013.  It will feature a Cadbury World Tour, a historical talk by Cadbury's Education Team, a talk by Modelez International (owners of Kraft Group UK) HR Rep and networking opportunities.

This event is presently only open to CIPD members and there is a charge of £10+VAT.

On 19 June 2013, Plexus Law and guests will be once again hosting our annual Employment Law Update seminar.  Proposed topics include: ending employment relationships; defending Tribunal claims – new rules; our flexible future; TUPE stripped bare; Case law round up; and audience to expert panel Q&A session.
Costs for this event Including refreshments and lunch FROZEN at 2012 rates: CIPD members - £95.00+VAT; non-members - £105.00+VAT; and student members - £60.00+VAT. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Worcester College of Technology Student of the Year Awards

Worcester College of Technology recently held its Student of the Year awards evening, acknowledging those students that for different reasons went the extra mile during their studies.

The following students received an award which was presented by Nick Blake, Chair of Hereford and Worcester CIPD branch and Helen Bessant, CIPD Programme Manager.

Level 3 - Trevor Young
Level 5 - Kathryn Berry
Level 7 - Sally-Ann Rice

The event was also attended by Stephen Taylor, CIPD Chief Examiner, who gave an insightful presentation on factors shaping the HR agenda.


Succession Planning - H&W Branch needs you!

The CIPD H&W branch team is calling on our local Members, who keen for a challenge, to volunteer, join their local CIPD team and engage their HR colleagues in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to implement CIPD’s vision and best practice in the local area.

The H&W Branch Team, which organises the events in the two counties and also liaises with CIPD Head Office on policy, education standards, member upgrading and other issues, is looking for new talent to refresh our thinking and add value to our work.

We meet ten times a year in the evenings and in particular we need members with skills in social media and those savvy in Marketing/PR. However, whatever your skills, if you are keen to be involved we shall be delighted to have you aboard.

The benefits to you are:

• personal contact with professional colleagues and new social contacts
• input into CIPD policy and practice nationally
• work with other committed CIPD professionals as part of your CPD
• learn a lot, make a real contribution to your profession and have fun

Are you up for the challenge? To find out more and chat informally please contact Nicholas Blake , Branch Chair on 01684 593 563 or 07774675 166 .

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