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New Memorandum of Understanding with the CIPD set to strengthen the capabilities of HR professionals in the UK Civil Service

Arrangement will boost development of around 4,000 HR professionals in the Civil Service

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, will today sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Civil Service HR (CSHR), which will outline how the two organisations will collaborate to professionalise and upskill HR professionals in the UK Civil Service.

There are around 4,000 staff in CSHR who will benefit from the arrangement, which comes at a crucial time, given the inevitable changes taking place in the UK Civil Service in response to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. The arrangement confirms CSHR’s commitment to building a strong, high performing HR community that can best support the hundreds of thousands of employees in the wider Civil Service workforce. The MoU, which runs from 2016 to 2026, will enable this by agreeing that the CIPD will work with the CSHR to:

  •  Provide CSHR staff with relevant qualifications and professional accreditation via Upgrading and Experience Assessment, enabling CSHR practitioners to be professionally CIPD qualified 

  •  Provide access to CIPD membership and in turn, a range of research and development tools to support CSHR practitioners in their current role and their career development

  •  Collaborate in creating joint events and networks to build a strong, professional community across the Civil Service 

  •  Share the latest thought leadership in HR and collaborate on specific projects relating to the future of HR and the world of work 

  •  Integrate or link the CIPD’s services to those provided centrally by CSHR/Civil Service Learning (CSL), ensuring that CSHR practitioners have a clear understanding and access to the services available

  •  Work together to create a common framework which defines HR capabilities and skills, underpins CSHR career paths and provides a picture of overall skills and skill gaps in the CSHR

Rupert McNeil, Government Chief People Officer, said: “Civil Service HR delivers pioneering work in an incredibly complex set of organisations, supporting over 400,000 professionals across the UK and abroad every day to create a brilliant Civil Service. Our arrangement with the CIPD will provide our HR professionals with the support, training, resources and qualifications they need to succeed and develop their own careers and strengthen our commitment to building a strong, high performing Civil Service that delivers high quality services for the public.”

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive for the CIPD said: “The role that the HR function plays and the value it brings has never been more important in the context of the many changes we are seeing in the world of work, from the changing nature of the workforce, to the impact of technology. The Civil Service is amongst the largest employers in the country and, through its employees, plays a vital role in all our lives in the delivery of the many public services we engage with. It is also undergoing a lot of change, and the HR professionals who work across the Civil Service need to have the confidence, capabilities, and experience to play their role in these changes, and support the wide range of departments and entities as well as the large and diverse workforce. The CIPD is delighted to be working with the CSHR team to help to support, recognise, and further develop their professional skills and competencies, and we share the vision of building a strong, confident, and professional HR function playing its part in the development of the Civil Service for the future.”

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