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5 Unmissable Reasons to Attend CIPD's New Festival of Work



This summer, the CIPD are combining two of their top events into one massive Festival of Work.

Their HR Software and Recruitment Show and L&D Show are now part of the Festival of Work, which will bring more than 160 speakers to the stage over the course of two days.

At the Olympia London on the 12th of June, the agenda begins. If you’re on the fence about attending the event, then these reasons may just give you that extra push.



Experience a World First

The CIPD are branching out into new territories and bringing new experiences to the conference world. As well as their new conference in Dubai, the Festival of Work is another new venture for the world’s leading accreditation body for HR and L&D.

It’s a very exciting time to get in on the ground floor with this new event. The energy around this new conference so far is dynamic, as there’s no set formula for an HR festival! The sky really is the limit and we’re ready to see what they pull out of the hat.

Although it’s an inaugural event, we’re sure that this experienced industry body will ensure that they’re offering the best of the best to their delegates.


Choose Your Sessions

The way that the Festival of Work is structured means that each session is divided into three categories. These categories are Future of Work, HR Technology, and Learning and Development.

During the busy agenda, you can easily see which of these sessions are in the categories that you want to enjoy. You can attend panels and sessions that are tailored to what you want to get from the event which will help you to make the most of your time there.

These colour coded sessions are clearly visible on the agenda – as many of them happen in tandem, you can prioritise those that you really want to be a part of. These sessions are incredibly varied, with panels, single talks and interactive sessions delivered by some of the biggest names in the people profession.

Alongside professionals from the CIPD, you’ll also be learning from HR and L&D experts from the likes of the BBC, HMRC, Samsung, Aviva and more. We’re really looking forward to seeing how these professionals interact through these discussions.

You can choose from 50 different sessions, with over 160 speakers to guide you through their area of expertise. If you do want to get in on an interactive session then be sure to book your place as these can be limited.

The opening session alone features both Peter Cheese, Chief Executive Officer at the CIPD, and Garry Kasparov, Former World Chess Champion and Chair of the Human Rights Foundation. Things kick off with a bang and the quality of the speakers continue throughout both days of the agenda.




Meet the Experts

Interspersed throughout the agenda of this conference, you’ll have plenty of time to network and chat to the speakers. As you bounce your ideas off others in the industry, both your peers and professionals who are more experienced, you’re sure to become inspired.

With the ideas from the sessions fresh in your mind, you’ll be more than ready to chat with your fellow delegates.

There are also stands around the venue with exhibitors ready to give you the low down on their services. As so much of this event focuses on the future of HR, you might just learn about new software that could change your day-to-day role.

Whether you want to learn about brand new technology from the people that built it or want to find out how the exhibitors can support a wellness initiative – you’ll find all the information you need here. Make the most of your time to chat to the exhibitors!


Bring Your Knowledge to Your Colleagues

If you do choose to attend this conference, there’s a wealth of knowledge that you can bring back to your colleagues. The event covers HR, L&D, recruitment, talent management and more. Even if you don’t specialise in one of these areas, you can bring the information back from these sessions to share with those that do.

This event is suited to generalists and specialists alike, with more than enough sessions to suit your learning goals. You can focus on your own learning while also bringing in new knowledge to share with others.

There are a lot of interesting sessions and exhibitors dealing with talent management. If recruitment and L&D aren’t within your main roles, don’t discount these, as the information may be useful to others in your organisation.




Find Out More About Our Online Courses

If you’ve been considering studying a CIPD qualification to advance your career, then studying online may be the answer. You can meet the ICS Learn team at stand E110 to discuss how our flexible learning options can help you to fit studying into your busy working life.

We can also help to advise you on the options for bringing new learning and development schemes into your workplace, which could be funded by your pre-existing apprenticeship levy pot. We’ll be ready to answer any questions you may have about using these funds before they expire.

We’ll be at the conference on both of the days, so do feel free to contact us or stop by while you’re there.


The countdown to the Festival of Work is on and we can’t wait! You can book your conference pass on their site now, as a CIPD member you can also claim a discount on your ticket. We look forward to meeting you there.


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