Supercharge your career in 2019 with our guide to the best events in HR and L&D. With over 200 events across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales, there’s something for everyone.


It’s New Year’s resolution time again, so why not put your career at the top of the list?

Professional HR and L&D events are a great way to give you a boost as they give you the chance to develop your skills and grow your network.

They’re also great fun. You’ll meet like-minded professionals who you can swap stories with and pick up handy tips from.

This year we’re really excited to feature an event that’s co-facilitated by one of our very own students, HR blog superstar Natalie Ellis.

Her Natural HR Conference is all about taking us back to our roots and putting the ‘human’ back in Human Resources. If that wasn’t heartwarming enough, it’s being held at a rescue centre where monkeys are nursed back to health and cared for!

If you know of any events we’ve missed, Tweet us at @ICSLearn and we’ll update the list!

If you're looking for events in London, check out our ultimate list here


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L&D and HR Events Scotland


Aberdeen: June 12th - CIPD North Scotland and Islands Branch - Aberdeen Annual Meeting

Aberdeen: June 20th - How to deal with difficult employees and their complex grievances

Aberdeen: September 26th - How to avoid difficulties with discrimination and workplace ‘banter'

Aberdeen: November 28th - How has employment law developed in 2019 and what to expect for 2020

Edinburgh: May 7th - Ask the Experts (Talent Acquisition and Recruitment Group)

Edinburgh: May 8th - Mindfulness In The Workplace Event For Leaders / HR Professionals

Edinburgh: May 9th - CIPD Membership Advice Clinic

Edinburgh: May 16th - CIPD Annual Meeting

Edinburgh: June 18th - DisruptHR Edinburgh #2

Edinburgh: September 26th - Employment Law Conference

Edinburgh: October 3rd - The Talent Gathering 2019

Falkirk: April 30th - CIPD Mid Scotland Branch - CPD Clinic

Glasgow: May 16th - Mental Health in the Workplace

Glasgow: May 20th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Glasgow: June 19th - DisruptHR Glasgow #3

Glasgow: June 25th - Common HR mistakes made by Small Businesses in conjunction with Viridor

Glasgow: July 4th - Common HR mistakes made by Small Businesses

Inveraray: June 27th - Employee Engagement: Getting Engaged

Livingston: May 23rd - Employment Law - what's in store?

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L&D and HR Events Wales


Aberystwyth: May 14th - CIPD Mid Wales - Annual meeting

Cardiff: May 16th - CIPD South East Wales annual meeting

Cardiff: May 17th - CIPD South East Wales - Annual meeting

Cardiff: May 17th - CIPD South East Wales / South West Wales - Student awards

Cardiff: May 22nd - CIPD South East Wales - HR Strategy

Carmarthen: June 18th - CIPD Wales - West Wales Roadshow

Llansamlet: June 12th - GDPR - one year on: top tips for HR

Newtown: May 9th - CIPD Mid Wales - Annual meeting

Swansea: May 21st - CIPD South West Wales - Annual meeting

Wrexham: May 10th - CIPD North Wales - Annual meeting

Wrexham: May 16th - HR Breakfast Seminar – A positive HR approach to the mental health & wellbeing

Wrexham: June 21st - The Culture Gap: Embrace Workplace Engagement #HR #Leadership

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L&D and HR Events Northern Ireland


Belfast: May 2nd - #truBELFAST - The recruitment unconference

Belfast: May 10th - Employment Law Update

Belfast: May 16th - CIPD NI Awards

Belfast: May 22nd - HR Essentials for Line Managers

Belfast: May 22nd - Powered By Talent Conference 2019

Belfast: May 23rd - HR Back to Basics - Grievance

Belfast: May 30th - HR Fundamentals: Free Breakfast Briefing for SMEs

Belfast: June 20th - HR Back to Basics - Performance Management

Belfast: September 10th - Mind Matters: Mental Health Awareness Training

Belfast: December 12th - Employment Law Update

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L&D and HR Events North of England


Altrincham: May 14th - The Organisational Value of Performance Consulting

Altrincham: July 9th - HR and H&S Essentials Workshop for SMEs

Altrincham: August 15th - Introduction to HR

Barrow-in-Furness: May 22nd - Attraction and Retention Strategy

Carlisle: May 14th - Absence Management Conversations - Led by John Grant

Carlisle: June 5th - CIPD Cumbria - Mock Employment Tribunal

Cheadle: May 14th - Cheadle HR and Employment Law Event

Chester: May 14th - HR Breakfast Seminar – A positive HR approach to the mental health & wellbeing

Chester: June 12th - HR Morning Walk

Chorley: October 30th - HR and Payroll Workshop with Studholme-Bell Limited & Forbes Solicitors

Handbridge: June 12th - HR Walking Evening

Harrogate: June 13th - How Engaged are your Team?

Hull: June 4th - Transforming the Humber 2019 - a digitally enabled workforce delivering a sustainable future

Leeds: May 21st - "Inclusive Recruitment" and why it matters in the war for talent

Liverpool: May 16th - HR Director Networking Dinner

Liverpool: May 22nd - CIPD Merseyside - Support, Develop & Inspire

Liverpool: June 25th - CIPD Merseyside - Ability Not Disability with DADA Fest

Manchester: May 8th - Candidate Experience Workshop

Manchester: May 14th - The Organisational Value of Performance Consulting

Manchester: May 16th - Workforce Planning Masterclass

Manchester: May 22nd - HR Change Management Masterclass

Manchester: May 23rd - Key Contemporary Ethical HR Risks

Manchester: June 6th - HR Breakfast Club

Manchester: June 10th - CIPD Manchester Branch Annual Conference & AGM

Manchester: September 5th - HR Breakfast Club

Manchester: October 3rd - Manchester In-house Recruitment Conference 2019

Manchester: November 6th - HRAfterparty 06.11.19 - Manchester

Newcastle: May 21st - HR Insight

Newcastle: May 23rd - Employment Law Masterclass

Newcastle: June 12th - Essential Employment Law Update

Penrith: May 16th - CIPD Annual Employment Update

Penrith: May 19th - CIPD Cumbria - Annual Employment Law Update

Penrith: June 28th - CIPD Cumbria - Accelerate HR - FREE HR Forum

Penrith: September 25th - Employee Engagement: Making the world a better place to work

Prenton: May 15th - The Principles of HR

Rotherham: May 8th - HR Exchange - Employment Law Update 2019

Rotherham: November 28th - HR Exchange - Employment Status

Sale: May 23rd - HR Workshop

Salford: June 13th - HR Retreat

Skipton: June 5th - How Engaged are your Team?

Stockton-on-Tees: May 22nd - Managing the Unmanageable

Stockton on Tees: July 22nd - CIPD Independent Professionals Group – HR & Org Development

Sunderland: June 17th - Essential HR Skills

Sunderland: September 25th - Essential HR Skills

Ulverston: July 10th - Accelerate HR - FREE HR Forum

Warrington: May 16th - CIPD - Making the change to Agile working

Warrington: June 26th - CIPD Mock Tribunal

Wirral: May 8th - Wirral HR Lunch Club

Workington: July 23rd - Accelerate HR FREE HR Forum West of Cumbria

York: May 22nd - How Engaged are your Team?

York: May 23rd - How to manage workplace stress

York: May 23rd - Annual Meeting 2019 & Evening event

York: June 6th - DisruptHR York

York: June 6th - Connecting HR York #16

York: 21st June - CIPD Northern Annual Conference

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L&D and HR Events Midlands


Alsager: June 12th - CIPD Branch AGM

Birmingham: May 14th - Developing a High-Impact People Strategy

Birmingham: May 21st - Employment Law Seminar 2019

Birmingham: May 22nd - Policies for Mental Health & Well-being in your workplace

Birmingham: June 4th - Gateley Plc HRXchange Summer - Brexit and Immigration Essentials

Birmingham: June 11th - Data Protection Fundamentals for HR and Line Managers

Birmingham: June 12th - Supporting employees that are going through a family breakdown

Birmingham: June 19th - Summer Social & Networking Evening

Birmingham: June 27th - Absence Management Seminar

Birmingham: September 10th - Gateley Plc HRXchange Autumn Employment Law Update

Birmingham: October 12th - CIPD Midlands Annual Event

Birmingham: November 28th - Gateley Plc HRXchange Winter Disciplinary investigations: a mock hearing

Crick: May 16th - Ethics, the Code of Conduct and Work based Dilemmas

Hinckley: May 22nd - HR: Taking Control of Attraction & Recruitment

Hinckley: June 27th - Employee Experience: There's no substitute for experience

Kettering: June 18th - Absence Management Seminar

Leicester: May 14th - Mentoring Network Group: Mentor-Mentee Matching Evening

Leicester: June 6th - AI and The Future of Work

Leicester: June 18th - Caring for working carers: the role of HRM

Lincoln: June 6th - CIPD Code of Conduct and Ethical Practice and Branch AGM

Lincoln: July 16th - Solution Focused Coaching

Long Eaton: May 2nd - Getting HR Right from Day One

Northampton: May 13th - Coaching Supervision Group

Northampton: June 5th - Mental Health Awareness at Work

Northampton: June 20th - CIPD Peer to Peer Mentoring

Northampton: June 25th - Managing the Menopause in the Workplace

Northampton: June - 20th - HR Meetup | The Lifecycle of a Female Employee with Your People Potential

Nottingham: May 16th - HR Tech in the Age of Assistance & Branch Annual Meeting

Nottingham: June 12th - CIPD Personal Impact and Confidence Workshop

Oadby: May 15th - Recruitment and Retention in a Skills Shortage: Workshop

Peterborough: May 22nd - HR Connect Over Coffee

Peterborough: July 3rdVisionary HR (Director/Senior-level HR Masterclass)

Peterborough: July 10th - HR Meetup | The Lifecycle of a Female Employee with Your People Potential

Shrewsbury: May 23rd - CIPD Annual Meeting and Employment Law Update

Shrewsbury: June 25th - The ‘How to’ of Employee Engagement

Stanwick: May 16th - HR Employment Law & Health and Safety Information Seminar

Stratford upon Avon: June 4th - Creating High Performing Cultures through Coaching

Warwick: May 21st - Transformational Leadership in a Disruptive Environment

Worcester: May 20th - CIPD Annual Meeting: The Biochemistry of Stress

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L&D and HR Events South & East of England


Amersham: May 21st - HR 2025: Exploring The Future of HR

Andover: June 25th - CIPD - James Potter The LinkedIn Man

Ashford: May 21st - CIPD Kent Branch ABM

Ashford: June 13th - Mindfulness and Self Compassion

Basingstoke: May 15th - The influence of unconscious bias in the work environment

Bath: June 18th - Employment Law Update - Breakfast Seminar by Royds Withy King

Bedford: May 21st - Employee Engagement through improving rewards and benefits

Bedford: June 14th - Managing performance through effective conduct and capability disciplinary action

Bolney: June 27th - CIPD Branch Social at the Bolney Wine Estate

Bournemouth: June 20th - CIPD - Creating a Flexible Workforce

Bridgwater: June 13th - The HR Club with Guest Speaker Shane Evans

Brighton: May 16th - HR Digital Media Group in Brighton

Brighton: May 23rd -  HR Matters Group in Brighton

Brighton: May 23rd - Self Managing Teams: The Future of Work

Bristol: June 10th - Hacking HR Bristol Chapter Meetup 1

Bristol: June 24th - CIPD Summer Social at The Planetarium (inc: Annual Meeting)

Bristol: August 6th - HR Essential Skills

Bristol: September 26th - DisruptHR Bristol #3             

Bristol: November 12th - HR Essential Skills

Cambridge: May 15th - HR and Health and Safety - Are you up to date?

Cambridge: May 21st - HR Meetup | Equality & Diversity with Your People Potential

Cambridge: May 22nd - Handling Difficult Conversations

Cambridge: June 6th - People and Skills Network

Cambridge: June 26th - HR Development Programme

Canterbury: July 25th - Employment Law Club

Canterbury: October 24th - Employment Law Club

Chelmsford: May 14th - CIPD Annual Meeting

Chelmsford: May 14th - Psychology at Work

Cheltenham: June 4th - Competitive people strategy: What is it and why does it matter?

Cheltenham: June 19th - CIPD Social and networking evening

Chichester: June 24th - CIPD West Coast Networking

Christchurch: May 21st - Free Networking Event with Streetwise HR

Colchester: May 15th - Personal Learning Networks: An Introduction

Dorking: May 16th - Changing the menu: an OD & change case study

Ealing: June 4th - HR Essentials

Ferndown: May 15th - CIPD - Mock Tribunal

Gerrards Cross: May 15th - CIPD Branch AGM and Legal Update

Gloucester: May 22nd - Employment Law Update

Gloucester: June 13th - CIPD Membership Upgrading

Gloucester: July 9th - Developing tomorrow’s leaders today

Guildford: May 22nd - To Brexit and beyond - HR leadership in an international context

Guildford: June 22nd - MyHR Career

Hastings: May 9th - East Coast Networking

Hatfield: May 23rd - Agile HR

Hatfield: June 6th - CIPD AGM - The Atlas of Happiness

Horsham: May 15th - Innovation in the Workplace

Horsham: May 30th - CIPD Annual Meeting

Horsham: June 4th - CIPD Upgrading and benefits to members

Horsham: June 6th - Thinking Differently – 6 Attributes of Leadership – Joe Britto

Horsham: June 10th - Employment Law Update - with Mayo Wynne Baxter

Ipswich: September 10th - HR Heroes - Managing Attendance

Longthorns: May 22nd - Natural HR Conference 

Kidlington: May 23rd - Embodiment in leadership and coaching

Kingston upon Thames: May 22nd - HR Networking Group

Maidstone: May 15th - CIPD Employment Law Update

Milton: September 25th - Manage Thriving Teams

Milton Keynes: May 14th - CIPD Speed-to-competence - accelerated by megatrends

Milton Keynes: June 5th - ‘Better by Design’ – Racially De-biasing Recruitment & Selection Processes

Milton Keynes: June 10th - Exploring The Six Attributes of a Leadership Mindset

Milton Keynes: June 19th - CIPD Annual Legal Update

Newmarket: May 14th - CIPD AGM and Trans Awareness

Newbury: June 5th - Free HR Strategic Positioning Event

Oxford: May 21st - Happy healthy conflict - having those "difficult" conversations at work

Oxford: June 27th - Manage Thriving Teams

Reading: May 16th - GDPR Conference - 'One Year On'

Reading: September 12th - HR Leaders Event - Executive Leaders Network

Reading: October 15th - Mock Employment Tribunal

Slough: June 11th - Effective Employee Inclusion

Snodland: May 29th - Trade Unions: Friend or Foe?

Southampton: June 12th - CIPD - Getting people from where they are to where they want to be

Swindon: May 14th - Employment Law Update - Presented by Royds Withy King

Taunton: June 11th - HR Hot Topics

Tetbury: June 18th - Free HR Strategy Event

Tonbridge: May 23rd - Managing People Issues Ethically and Legally

Wantage: September 11th - Manage Thriving Teams

Walton on Thames: June 6th - Supporting menopause in the workplace

Weston-super-Mare: July 5th - Emerging Themes by Independent Practitioners Group

Weybridge: June 25th - Building your business case

Woking: June 10th - Working with purpose

Yeovil: June 12th - The HR Club, with guest speakers Ben Malik and Danny Gosling

Underriver: June 27th - Business Psychology in the Workplace: HR & The Drama Triangle

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Whether it’s due to work, studies, or caring for family, we know it can be hard to find time to attend in-person events.

If you prefer your networking digital, we highly recommend a few enlightening Twitter chats:

  1. #HRHour, run by @HR_Hour at 8pm Thursdays
  2. #LDNights, run by @LnDConnect at 8pm Tuesdays
  3. #LDInsight, run by @LnDConnect at 8am Fridays


You might also like to join out LinkedIn group HR Voices with ICS Learn

It's entirely up to up how you choose to interact with your fellow HR and L&D professionals, but we know one thing's certain - you'll make 2019 the year of your career!


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