New qualification for HR Business Partners to further their knowledge and skill

Effectiveness as a HR business partner requires a specific mindset, the capacity to sustain strong working relationships, and a consultative approach to the business, combined with strategic thinking, understanding of the business and influencing skills built on credibility and trust.

With insights from Roffey Park’s research and years of experience helping organisations develop effective HR business partnering, this new programme validated by the University of Sussex will help you contribute even more to your organisation’s success.

The Graduate Certificate is a unique learning experience specifically designed for HR Business Partner practitioners; integrating academic rigour, practical skill development and robust exchange with peers – building an active community of HR practitioners supported by one of the longest established Leadership Development Institutes in the UK.

Why choose the Graduate Certificate in Business Partnering?

The Roffey Park Graduate Certificate in Business Partnering offers an ideal balance between a rigorous and credible academic qualification and a practical focus. We achieve this through:

  • You working with a learning community of peers
  • You having access to Roffey Park Faculty. All the tutors are experienced facilitators and widely experienced in HR business partnering development. Our work is grounded in our research and critical reflective practice
  • The flexibility Roffey Park’s Self-Managed Learning approach offers. You will be able to tailor your learning and focus on the areas that interest you or you need to develop the most
  • Offering you challenge around your current assumptions, providing you with new theories, tools, and techniques, thereby increasing your awareness, competence and confidence
  • You working with a provider that has a great track record in providing organisationally relevant qualifications

Why Roffey Park?

  • We bridge the gap between academic rigor and practice based learning
  • We are a specialist in developing developers
  • We offer an adult learning style
  • We offer an exciting community of learners and the ability to work with interesting peers
  • We are able to cater for individual learning needs allowing you to integrate your learning authentically
  • We bridge the gap of individual and organisational wellbeing and performance and sustainable performance and well-being
  • We offer solid, but eclectic theory based learning
  • You will be working with leading, challenging, practitioners at Roffey Park

 

How will you benefit?

  • You will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills
  • You will broaden your business partnering approach and skills, integrating new insights and knowledge
  • You will learn how to apply theory to your practice and practice to your theory
  • You will benefit from working in a learning community of peers and Roffey Park’s own faculty and network of experienced developers and coaches
  • You will learn how to self-assess your own and review the work of others
  • You will experience personal development and growth in both increasing your openness and curiosity as well as your personal discipline and focus

How does the Self-Managed Learning approach work?

Self-Managed Learning in the context of this Graduate Certificate means developing and pursuing your chosen learning goals, starting by reviewing your current business partner skills, knowledge, experience and theory base, as well as what has shaped your development as an HR Business Partner to this point.

The programme will enable you to map the overall field of HR business partnering both in terms of theory and your practice and to formulate your own learning goals. You will be required to  demonstrate achievement of those goals in a portfolio of evidence on which you will receive feedback, and which will be assessed by your peers on the programme.

Working in a learning set

The learning set is a vital component of the programme. You will be working in a set of up to six people plus a Set Adviser, who is a member of Roffey Park’s tutorial staff. You will normally stay in the same set for the whole programme.

The set provides a collaborative environment for peer learning. It models excellent HR business partnering by providing a set of high support and challenge relationships based on trust, respect and empathy. It will take your listening and feedback skills to a new level. The set holds you accountable for progress and in particular you will:

  • Agree assessment standards
  • Discuss and agree learning outcomes
  • Assess each others’ work

What work will I have to produce?

In addition to completing the 2 modules of our HR Business Partner Skills programme, you will attend 4 learning set meetings and produce a portfolio of work of 5,000 – 8,000 words covering your experience, theory and practice learnt and how this impacts you as a as an HR Business Partner.

We do not prescribe the number of learning goals or the core components of the learning contract.  However, learning contracts normally comprise 2-3 learning goals combining 2 elements from the following:

  • The development of a specific skill relevant to participants’ HR business partnering practice
  • Undertaking an organisational project, which will develop business partnering practice and competence, provide benefit to the organisation, and draw on new theoretical understanding; or
  • A written seminar paper on a subject of participants’ choice that will examine the area of business partner practice from a more theoretical standpoint.

How will my work be assessed?

There are no written exams. All your work will be peer reviewed in your set to make sure it is of Graduate Certificate standard. The set acts as the internal ‘examiner’ for the programme. This is no soft option. It is a challenging process that means that by the end of the programme you will have developed excellent feedback and assessment skills.

External examiners provide the external view by monitoring overall standards and the rigor of the assessment process.

How will I benefit?

  • You will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills
  • You will broaden your business partnering approach and skills, integrating new insights and knowledge
  • You will learn how to apply theory to your practice and practice to your theory
  • You will benefit from working in a learning community of peers and Roffey Park’s own faculty and network of experienced developers and coaches
  • You will learn how to self-assess your own and review the work of others
  • You will experience personal development and growth in both increasing your openness and curiosity as well as your personal discipline and focus
  • You will gain an internationally recognised and valued qualification
  • The organisation you work with will directly benefit from your improved practice

What is the process for selecting applicants?

We will invite you to an interview with one of the programme tutors or the Programme Director. Additionally, we will ask you to prepare  a short written piece.

Find out more

We will be delighted to talk with you to help you find out more about the programme. To arrange an informal discussion about the programme email our Qualifications Registrar at qualifications@roffeypark.com; or Catherine Shepherd, Programme Director for the Graduate Certificate in Business Partnering at catherine.shepherd@roffeypark.com

How to apply

Please contact Susan Foran, the Qualifications Registrar for an application form at qualifications@roffeypark.com. We will then agree a date for the interview and send you details of the requirements for the written piece.

 

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