Northampton Business School (NBS) at the University of Northampton has received accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for its Human Resources Management (HRM) programmes for a further five years.
This accreditation allows the students to be members of the HR professional body and enhance their career prospects. Being part of the CIPD gives students the opportunity to network with HR professionals and build their profiles ready for when they graduate. Increasingly employers are looking for job applicants who are CIPD qualified and many career opportunities are only open to CIPD members.
In order for NBS to gain CIPD accreditation, the programmes needed to be mapped to CIPD standards and show that the students are fully supported as well as assessed correctly. The CIPD panel was happy with the HRM programmes that are delivered by NBS and also commended the cohesive and supportive teaching team.
Linda Coles, Subject Leader, Leadership and Human Resources at Northampton Business School, commented: “This is a great achievement for all our programmes and will really enhance the development of our undergraduate students. Our HRM students will not only receive their University qualification but will also be recognised as part of their professional body and receive the credit they deserve.”
Wayne Jubber has just completed the second year of the BA (Hons) Human Resources Management programme. He said: “As a student, the CIPD qualification immediately puts you ahead of the pack with a respected professional industry recognised accreditation.
“It underpins your progress, dedication and commitment to HR professionalism, and also subsequently removes one of the two major barriers in obtaining a job in HR as the industry generally requires a minimum of two years’ experience, plus a CIPD qualification. The accreditation also invokes a sense of respect and status. It opens invaluable doors via CIPD networking opportunities and support.”
Peter Curtis, who is studying for the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, commented: “For me the CIPD accreditation provides on-going reassurance that the University of Northampton’s HRM programmes offered to students and businesses, are delivered to meet high and recognised industry standards and ensure continuous alignment within organisational success.
“The CIPD membership and endorsed qualifications are becoming the benchmark for many organisations when recruiting in the HRM field. CIPD qualifications are globally recognised by a variety of organisations and provide a platform to demonstrate competence and continuous personal development resulting in a more confident approach to challenge HRM issues.
“Association with the CIPD has provided me with support for studies and opportunities for networking. In addition to this, the CIPD has provided clarity to my personal development plan along with increased confidence within the workplace and as a result promotes recognition by other employees and management.”