The CIPD volunteer network in London caters for over 22,000 CIPD members, which represents one fifth of the CIPD’s overall membership. This makes CIPD London a truly significant geographical area, in terms both of membership density and the wider social and political responsibility we have to help support the CIPD’s strategy to champion better work and working lives.

Over the coming months we have a vibrant schedule of activity on offer, so, whether you are a CIPD student or a Chartered Fellow, there will be something of interest to you in your local area.

Officially launched at City Hall in September 2013, CIPD London has the specific aim of becoming the official voice for people management and development in the Capital. The region is made up of seven branches who have been working collaboratively to help develop a compelling and influential presence in London, whilst also delivering high quality support and networking opportunities at local level. Over the summer of 2014 the London chairs group have been busy planning and producing the very first CIPD London business plan which sets out the aspirations of our collaborative efforts and our commitment to:

  1. play our part in tackling the youth employment and skills agenda
  2. strengthen our focus on CIPD Centers and Students
  3. provide relevant and topical events across the region to meet the CPD needs of HR professionals.

Our location means that we are at the heart of a proud, growing community of practitioners, members, partners and thought leaders and through our combined and collaborative efforts we’ll take big steps towards championing better work and working lives.

What's happening in London

Mentoring scheme

Mentoring is an arrangement in which an experienced individual (mentor) offers ongoing support and guidance to a less experienced individual (mentee) to help the mentee manage his or her own learning and career development.

Gordon F Shea in his book Mentoring - A Guide to Basics defines mentoring as:

“…a process whereby mentor and mentoree work together to discover and develop the mentoree’s latent abilities, to provide the mentoree with knowledge and skills as opportunities and needs arise, and for the mentor to serve as an effective tutor, counsellor, friend and foil who enables the mentoree to sharpen skills and hone her or his thinking.”

This is a volunteer-led scheme. We aim to link like-minded HR & L&D professionals with the distinct purpose of enabling the mentee to:

  • develop themselves
  • better meet work challenges
  • develop strengths and competencies
  • learn from example and mistakes
  • gain knowledge and more experience

The Mentor will also benefit from our scheme by:

  • gaining satisfaction from nurturing and enabling an individual to develop
  • helping to unleash untapped potential
  • being instrumental in career transition and/or transformation
  • developing own CPD

CIPD London Member to Member Mentoring scheme now operates on cohort-basis - there are 4 cohorts per academic year starting, each lasting 6 months. 

2018/2019 Academic Year cohorts: 

  • Jul 2018 - Dec 2018
  • Oct 2018 - Mar 2019
  • Jan 2019 - Jun 2019
  • Apr 2019 - Sep 2019

To join a cohort, please submit your Mentee or/and Mentor Profile form (Equal Opportunity Monitoring form is optional) at least 2 weeks prior to a cohort is due to start in order to be able to participate in an "Introduction to Mentoring" webinar, which is one part of a four-session induction programme dedicated to support new mentors and mentees joining the programme in order to help them deliver/achieve great results. While the first webinar is open to the wider audience, the following three webinards will be invite-only to people that have registered and have been approved for the programme.

Induction webinar for our July 2018 cohort will take place on Thursday 21 June 2018 at 12:30 - further details can be found here

To find out more about our CIPD London Mentoring Scheme, contact our Regional Branch Co-ordinator, Monika Michalikova.

This is not the only mentoring programme that the CIPD supports. We also support the Steps Ahead Initiative. This is a very different initiative, supported by CIPD employees, whilst the above mentoring programme is managed by volunteers.

Student Engagement

Find out more about Student Ambassadors

Our student ambassadors are a vital connection for CIPD between our student members, study centres and local branches. As a CIPD student ambassador you will:
  • Lead, implement and manage branch and regional activities in relation to the recruitment and retention of new student members.
  • Create an advisory bridge between CIPD, regional branches, study centres and future, current and recent CIPD students.
  • Provide advice and guidance on making the most of your CIPD student membership.
The benefits of volunteering
Being a CIPD Student Ambassador is a great way to develop your presentation, project management and communication skills. It is a fun and varied role which will enhance your CPD and give you great experience of interacting and working with senior HR and L&D practitioners.
As a CIPD Student Ambassador you’ll have the opportunity to build a strong network of HR and L&D professionals through designing and delivering CIPD local events and conferences, as well as sharing your knowledge and inspiring future CIPD members.
Applying to be a CIPD Student Ambassador

1. Download an application form below and once completed save it on your files and then send it back to us acordingly
2. Your application will be reviewed by your regional branch co-ordinator & ambassadors
3. If your application is progressed, there will be a short telephone/Skype interview
4. We’ll contact your reference to confirm your suitability for the role
5. We’ll let you know the outcome and invite you to an induction day if successful
Applications for 2017/2018 student ambassadors are open from 1 March – 31 May 2017.

All applications will be reviewed by 30 June 2017.

To find out more about our CIPD London Student Ambassadors Scheme your can contact our Regional Branch Co-ordinator, Monika Michalikova.

Engaging Students across London

As part of our overarching strategy to engage out members, in CIPD London we have a strategic focus to enable our students to gain the skills and knowledge they need to join the People Profession and be successful. 
While all 7 London branches are working together to provide engagement activities with centres and students, we join forces in creating a consistent plan every year with three main highlights: 
1. Student Induction | 4 November 2017 - focusing on CIPD Students just starting their course and highlighting the benefits of being a CIPD member throughout your study 
2. Student Conference | 24 February 2018 -  a full day experience balancing your theoretical studies with practical insight from senior professionals - 
3. Student Enduction | 23 June 2018 - focusing on CIPD Students about to finalise their course and highlighting the benefits of joining CIPD as a career partner supporting you in the profession. 
To find out more about our CIPD London Student Engagement your can contact our Regional Branch Co-ordinator, Monika Michalikova.

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