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ICS Real Story: Vanessa | Online Level 5 CIPD Review



Vanessa Deroo wasted no time in applying the knowledge from her CIPD Learning & Development qualification within her organisation by implementing new policies and talent management techniques.


Having recently moved from a HR role in a SME into a training focused position in a global company, I was very eager to learn as much as possible about Learning & Development.

My manager was very supportive and encouraged me to research CIPD Level 5 courses in my area, but the few classes available were either too far to reach by public transport or really expensive, so I started to consider online providers instead.

I knew ICS Learn from various CIPD shows and a few LinkedIn acquaintances who studied with them.

From the moment I enquired, the staff were very helpful, and I never felt pressured into enrolling right away.

I was quite apprehensive about online learning, as I am used to a classroom environment with lots of interactions, but the support offered has been fantastic from the very beginning.

I love the fact that I can learn and work at my own pace, during lunchtimes and at the weekend.

It complements my work schedule perfectly, and from the first unit I was able to put my learning into practice in my team!

The Gantt chart is now one of my best friends!

The tutors are very supportive and responsive, and it’s great that we can showcase our work in the online forum so other students can comment and offer feedback.

It’s a nice little community, and the live classroom in every unit is very useful for me when writing my assignments. I still get the classroom vibe I enjoy, and I can look back at the lesson slides when I need it. 

I am now in the middle of Unit 2, and will use my assignment to produce a brand-new policy at work - not bad for someone who only started eight months ago!

My plan now is to complete the course in early 2019, and I am hoping to transition from my Talent Coordinator role to an Advisor role. The knowledge I am gaining from the Level 5 is invaluable and will help me reach my goal!

I would recommend ICS Learn for the great support they offer from day one, for the tutors’ help and availability, and the great community spirit!


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