Build confidence and credibility as a successful HR Business Partner.

Programme details


UK Part one
21-23 November 2017
UK Part two
8 February 2018
Part One
15 - 17 May 2018
Part Two
6 September 2018



It’s nearly twenty years since David Ulrich called for “A New Mandate for Human Resources” in his HBR article of that title, and organisations started to restructure their HR departments to include Business Partners. As structures have been refined, the spotlight is now focused on how business partnering delivers value to the business in cost-constrained and rapidly changing environments. A key success factor in this is the credibility, skills and mindset of individuals in Business Partner roles – we have found lack of skills is one of the top three challenges to successfully implementing the HR Business Partnering model (Roffey Park’s Management Agenda 2016).

Our HR Business Partner Skills programme explores the history of business partnering, and how organisations are evolving the role to respond to fundamental shifts in the world of work The programme considers the tension between transactional and strategic aspects of the role, gives you tools to support a strategic focus and the opportunity to enhance your consultancy, influencing and political skills, so you are confident and credible with your internal stakeholders. Throughout the programme you will be supported and challenged by your facilitators and fellow participants to consider how you are going to bring the model to life and create value for yourself, your team and your organisation.

Our HR Business Partner Skills programme consists of a three day module and a one day follow up approximately three months later. The content of the follow up day is chosen by participants, and includes support and challenge about the learning from actions in the interim period.

Why should you attend this programme?

  • Understand the evolution of the Business Partnering model, and possible future directions
  • Increase your ability to apply a commercial and strategic lens to your role
  • Enhance your consultancy, influencing and political skills
  • Build your credibility and confidence
  • Grow your network of HR professionals

Listen to our programme faculty and a recent participant discuss our HR Business Partner Skills programme


Business Benefits

The BP value proposition combines strategic business capability with excellence in the delivery of the day-to-day.

Successful BPs work with leaders to shape, steer and advise on HR issues. They apply the consultancy skills needed to effectively support line managers with day to day HR activities. HR Business Partners have the ability to activate and realise an HR strategy.

The programme has been invaluable. A lot of insight as to “what needs to change” was made possible. It has given me good direction.

Vandana Menon, Cyient Europe Limited

There are plenty of professional management tools introduced during the three days’ workshop. They helped me a lot on how to convince and influent our stakeholders. Real actors simulations impressive me very much, in which I can practice learned skills into this session. I can apply these learned methodology and tools to add HRBP’s value.

Jane Yang, Nestle China



New Graduate Certificate in Business Partnering

University of Sussex logoWe offer a new Graduate Certificate in Business Partnering, validated by University of Sussex, to participants who wish to further the development of their HR Business Partnering knowledge and skill.  The qualification requires that, in addition to the four days of the programme, you will participate in four learning set meetings and produce a written portfolio of approximately 5,000-8,000 words to qualify for the Graduate Certificate. Find out more

Duration and fees

UK Programme

3 days plus 1 day follow up

Programmes in Asia Pacific

3 days


£3,100 + VAT

inclusive of all tuition fees, materials, meals and accommodation

Asia Pacific

Singapore – SG$3,950 +GST

Hong Kong – US$2,950

inclusive of all tuition fees, materials, lunch and refreshments


Programme director

Programme director

Catherine Shepherd

MA (Cantab) MSc

Related Research