CIPD Level 5 Award Resourcing and Talent Planning

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A fundamental part of the human resource (HR) management role is concerned with the mobilisation of a workforce, taking responsibility for ensuring that the organisation is able to access the skills it needs at the time and in the places that it needs them to drive sustained organisation performance. This involves attracting, retaining and, from time to time, managing the departure of staff from the organisation. Achieving this requires insight-driven strategic and operational activity. Organisations are obliged to compete with one another to secure the services of a workforce in labour markets that are continually evolving.

One of the major aims of this unit is thus to introduce learners to the strategic approaches that organisations take to position themselves as employers in the labour market and to plan effectively so that they are able to meet their current and anticipated organisational skills needs. Another is to introduce the key operational tools, techniques and practices that organisations use to resource their organisations effectively. These encompass recruitment, selection, workforce planning, staff retention, succession planning, retirement and dismissal processes. The purpose of this unit is to provide an overview of the way different organisations are managing these activities and which are the most effective in the context of diverse and distributed locations.


Structure of Qualification

To achieve an Intermediate Award in Human Resources, you need a total of between 3 and 12 credits. The Intermediate Award in Resourcing and Talent Planning has 6 credits.

Key Topics

The learning outcomes for this unit are shown below. By the end of the unit, you will be able to:

  1. Understand key contemporary labour market trends and their significance for different kinds of organisation and in different country contexts
  2. Be able to undertake core talent-planning activities
  3. Know how to contribute to the developing of resourcing strategies
  4. Be able to manage recruitment and selection activities effectively and within the expectations of the law and good practice
  5. Understand how to maximise employee retention
  6. Know how to manage dismissal, redundancy and retirement effectively and lawfully.

This is a Level 5 programme and is equivalent in level to the second year of an undergraduate degree programme.

The Intermediate Level Awards in Human Resources are for those who:

  1. Aspire to work in HR or already work in HR and want to study a recognised undergraduate level qualification
  2. Work in an HR support role and want to formalise their experience and progress their career by developing their knowledge and skills at a higher level

If English is not your first language, you will be required to have an IELTS score of 6 or above.

As all the units form part of the Intermediate Certificate / Diploma in Human Resource Management, you can also use your Award to work towards meeting the knowledge requirements for CIPD professional membership by taking additional units to achieve the full Intermediate Certificate or Diploma. 

On completion, you'll receive a CIPD Intermediate Award in Human Resources.

Awarding Body

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is Europe's largest HR and development professional body. They are a globally recognised brand with over 135,000 members, and pride themselves on supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations.

Assessment for this unit is by way of a 3000 word written report.

Because we're experts in online learning, we offer all the support you need along the way.

You'll receive access to online course materials that have been specially designed for online learning by experts in your fields of study, and be able to contact both your tutor and mentor online and over the phone.

You'll also be part of our online Student Community, where you'll have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students.

You will also receive the following ebook: Taylor, S (2010) Resourcing and Talent Management, 5th Edition

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.

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Please note that CIPD fees are additional to course fees.

CIPD membership is not necessary when studying for an Award in Human Resources, although there is a one-off payment of £30 to CIPD.




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