Short courses for your professional development

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Attracting and retaining talent

The competitive labour landscape means that employee retention will become a critical challenge for employers now and in the future. Employers need to be creative about how they go about attracting people. The importance of linking attraction, recruitment and retention strategies and activities to the direction of the organisation and its values and vision is vital.

This course suits HR professionals or managers looking to focus on their talent management process.

Attracting and retaining talent

Bullying and harassment

There are legal and duty of care requirements for employers and management to take all reasonable steps to eliminate bullying, harassment and violence in the workplace. Managers, team leaders and supervisors have a responsibility to ensure that relevant legislation and company policies and procedures are both understood and abided by to deter and prevent inappropriate workplace behaviours.

The course is suitable for HR practitioners, managers and employees looking to broaden their knowledge and skills regarding workplace bullying and harassment.

Bullying and harassment

Building and developing talent

This program explains the relevance and importance of building and developing talent within an organisation. It covers the different approaches to training and development, the importance of training needs analysis, the role of competency based training, understanding learning styles and how to create a learning plan.

This program would suit:

  • HR professionals with 1-5 years' experience seeking an introductory course on building and developing talent
  • Managers seeking an introduction in this area

Building and developing talent

Building an ethical culture

HR professionals increasingly need to address complex ethical issues in the workplace as part of their role. More and more organisations are making explicit the standards of behaviour expected in the workplace, and often HR are charged with ensuring that these standards are met and are tasked with dealing with the situation when these standards are breached. This can give rise to some complex situations that may be extremely difficult to manage.

This course is suitable for HR professionals with 2+ years’ experience.

Building an ethical culture

Building resilience

Building resilience and stress management are a necessity to meet the challenges of reorganisation, mergers, budget pressures, technology changes, increasing workloads and all the changes we face for both personal and professional success.

This course is suitable for staff at all levels, facing change initiatives wanting to build their resilience in the workplace.

Building Resilience

Business driven human resources

This course provides an overview of the human resource management function and how the work that HR delivers within any organisation must deliver on the goals and objectives of that organisation. It is important that HR professionals are able to conduct an environmental scan (both internal and external) and incorporate this data into the design of their HR strategies and operational activities.They must also have a business focused approach to HR activities, know how to manage stakeholders and be able to develop success working relationships within the business. Communication skills are also important for a business driven HR professional, including skills in managing conflict influencing.

This course would suit HR professionals with 1-5 years' experience looking for an introductory course on business driven HR.

Business driven HR

Change management

This course focuses on the process, tools and techniques to effectively manage the people aspect of changing systems, structures and behaviour within an organisation. Recent surveys have shown that those projects that use formal change management processes have a much higher return on investment than projects that do not.

This course suits HR professionals and managers undertaking a change initiative within their organisation.

Change management

Conflict and mediation

While it is recognised that a degree of conflict is necessary for organisations to undergo successful transformation, HR professionals are acutely aware of the significant costs incurred when conflict is not addressed effectively. Effective conflict management is regarded as a core capability for both HR professionals and line managers. It’s in an ever changing environment that HR professionals and managers are required to design and implement cultural and change strategies to support the development of the workplace.

This course suits human resource professionals and managers seeking to increase their skills and knowledge to be able to manage conflict effectively in their workplace.

Conflict and mediation

Develop and implement HR policies

HR policies provide fundamental organisational rules and guidelines relating to the practices and behaviour of the people in the organisation. This course is designed to provide participants with the skills and understanding to develop and implement HR policies that are relevant, clear and effective in their organisations. Participants will be guided through the fundamentals of HR policy development and implementation as well as exploring the range of HR policies that should be considered when developing a workplace policy manual.

This course suits HR professionals looking for an introduction to developing effective HR policies.

Develop and implement HR policies

Having difficult conversations

A number of workplace issues arise from a lack of communication in the workplace. In many instances, such issues can be resolved quickly and informally before they escalate to a dispute that requires third party intervention.

This course suits managers, team leaders and supervisors seeking an understanding of managing difficult conversations in the workplace.

Having difficult conversations

HR to organisational development

The goal of organisational development is to improve how the organisation functions through theory and practice. As HR practitioners increasingly move from transactional to transformational and strategic roles, OD provides a theoretical underpinning for practitioners to effectively embrace strategic and change initiatives.

This course suits HR professionals with 1-3 years' experience who are seeking an introductory course in organisational development.

HR to organisational development

Internal HR consulting

Organisations are experiencing unprecedented levels of change in an uncertain economic environment. Competitors are global and becoming more aggressive, markets are changing, customers are more demanding and regulation and compliance requirements are increasing. This has a profound impact on the way in which HR practitioners consult with their business partners within the organisation to deliver people management solutions that drive business performance. HR roles have expanded and evolved to meet the increasing demands of their organisations.

This course suits HR professionals wanting to move from a transactional role into a business partnering model to become effective internal consultants.

Internal HR consulting skills

Investigating workplace misconduct

Few things can be more challenging than handling a serious complaint of misconduct, particularly when it is an allegation of sexual discrimination or bullying. This course will provide participants with the practical skills to assess complaints, gather corroborative information and make critical decisions that affect employees.

This course is aimed at HR professionals with 1-5 years’ experience wanting to expand their knowledge and learn more about investigations best practice.

Investigating workplace misconduct

Leading through change

How you lead and manage a change initiative will have a direct impact on the achievement of the desired outcomes. Leading Through Change provides you with the opportunity to focus on the practical tools, techniques and processes that enable you to effectively manage change in your organisation.

This course is suitable for managers, supervisors and project managers leading a change initiative within their organisation.

Leading through change

Managing the legal issues across the employment lifecycle

Recent decisions by courts and tribunals about accessorial liability have meant that HR managers and other senior officers within employing organisations are finding an increasing obligation to manage the legal risk of their businesses as well as their personal legal risk.

This course is designed for new and emerging HR managers to keep you up to date on the legislative and regulatory changes that influence the organisation's risks, rights and responsibilities.

Managing the legal issues across the employment lifecycle

Managing unconscious bias

A skills shortage and increased competition are driving organisations to secure talent from an increasingly diverse group. Examining unconscious and conscious bias and the role it plays in the workplace will assist individuals and the organisation to effectively build a diverse and inclusive business.

This course is suitable for all employees, including senior managers supervisors and team leaders.

Managing unconscious bias

Managing whistleblower reporting

This course will provide you with an analysis of the changes to the new national requirements for corporations in the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019.

This course is suitable for HR professionals with 3+ years’ experience who are seeking a deeper understanding of whistleblowing procedures

Managing Whistleblower Reporting

Measuring HR effectiveness

How effective is HR in your organisation? This workshop focuses on how to position and write HR business cases that prove the true value of HRM projects in terms of their return on investment (ROI) for the business. The workshop includes methods of researching, developing and presenting a business case, addressing a gap many HR professionals find in terms of gaining the attention and endorsement of senior management and other stakeholders with respect to HR initiatives. Managing stakeholders and operating in an ethical manner are also important skills in being an effective in HR professional.

This course suits HR professionals looking for an introductory course on measuring HR effectiveness.

Measuring HR effectiveness

Mentoring at work

Business mentoring is an investment for organisations to develop their talent for the long-term benefit of both the individual and organisation. You will learn the skills to effectively mentor your team for best performance and results.

This course is suitable for individuals wanting to develop and participate in mentoring programs in the workplace.

Mentoring at work

Performance management

This program is aimed at those with an introductory knowledge of performance management. Participants will examine the role of managers in the implementation and success of performance management systems and processes. An overview of the performance appraisal process and performance management tips will be provided.

This course suits HR professionals, managers and team leaders seeking an introductory course on Performance management.

Performance management

Recruitment and workplace relations

Learn the fundamentals of the employment life cycle – from recruitment through to retirement – including current legislation and labour conventions that underpins practice. This introductory level workshop demonstrates how to integrate the processes of sourcing, recruiting and selecting the best candidates for the business to help achieve its goals. It will also focus on how to manage the employment relationship to ensure that the process of dismissal is conducted in a fair, respectful and legally compliant manner.

This course suits HR professionals with between 1-5 years' experience who want to refresh their knowledge in this topic and managers and team leaders seeking an introductory course on workplace relations and recruitment.

Recruitment and workplace relations

Strategic workforce planning

This course will enable participants to demystify what strategic workforce planning is and to understand and apply its key elements. It will provide participants with a framework and methodology that can be adapted to suit the particular context of their organisation. Using extensive examples the course will enable participants to systematically identify and mitigate business and workforce risks and to develop a strategic workforce plan for their organisation.

This course is valuable for teams involved in strategic workforce planning including workforce planners, HR generalists, business partners, analysts, senior leaders, corporate planners and operational managers.

Strategic workforce planning

Workforce analytics

This course will provide an overview of the elements of data analysis including techniques to undertake deep analysis of measurement outputs, identify inter-relationships, patterns and trends across metrics, link corporate and HR strategies through data and validate the causes of any emerging workforce issues. Participants will also learn how best to present analytic findings.

This course has been designed for those requiring the skills and techniques to establish a human capital measurement and reporting framework to enable evidence-based business decision-making. It would be of benefit to business analysts, business partners, HR generalists and managers and would also suit workforce planners.

This course requires a foundational understanding of workforce metrics. To undertake this course, participants must have completed the AHRI Workforce Metrics course or be able to demonstrate the requisite knowledge.

Workforce analytics

Workforce metrics

This course will enable you to identify meaningful measures of workforce performance in the context of your organisation’s business objectives and goals. It will also assist in developing a sustainable measurement and reporting process.

This course has been designed for, but is not limited to, those requiring a foundational level of knowledge and application of workforce metrics, in particular HR and IT analysts, HR generalists and HR systems technicians. It would also suit managers who are either responsible for, or who are intending to establish a workforce analytics and reporting function.

Workforce metrics

Workplace health and safety

This course describes workplace health and safety (WHS) also known as occupational health and safety (OHS) in the context of the workplace. Under current legislation both employers and employees have duties and responsibilities to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. It is the social, ethical and legal responsibility of every person in the organisation to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

This course explains the duties and responsibilities of employers and employees in ensuring a safe work environment and the importance of managing risk, records and activities associated with WHS.

The course is aimed at HR professionals with between 1-3 years’ experience or managers who would like an introductory course on WHS.

Workplace Health and Safety

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