HR Essentials for Managers

Online course with study materials and tutor support included.

Pitman Training Colchester


£199 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
12 Hours
Access to content
6 Months
No formal qualification
12 CPD hours / points
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students

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This course is an excellent starting point for you to learn essential knowledge on areas such as recruiting new staff, employment contracts, salary processing, maternity rights and staff performance appraisals.


12 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Standards Office


HR is a vital function in any organisation as it’s responsible for staff training and development, employee relations, Industrial relations and organisational development to name just a few.

Working within the HR department is a fulfilling role and it’s essential that those working in this area are knowledgeable, skilled and trained. You’ll be dealing with delicate and confidential matters daily and everything has to be handled correctly, and lawfully.

Lesson One – looks at the role of HR, the recruitment and selection process which includes looking at reasons for recruitment, job descriptions, recruitment methods, interview preparation and handling and more.

Lesson Two – a key HR lesson which looks at the different types of employment contract, how to prepare for a new employee. How to plan induction sessions, how to keep proper personnel files and data protection.

Lesson Three – this lesson looks at employee salaries, the National Minimum Wage, how pay is made up, employee benefits, Working Time Regulations, flexible working and the staff handbook.

Lesson Four – you’ll look into maternity rights, maternity leave and returning to work, paternity and adoption rights, managing and reducing absence, sickness policy, disciplinary rules and procedures, terminating employment and associated tasks.

Lesson Five – here you’ll look at managing employee performance, appraisals, identifying training needs, planning, implementing and evaluating training, health and safety responsibilities of an employer.

Who is this course for?

This is an ideal beginner’s level HR training course for those who’ve been given responsibility for staff management and development. It is also accessible for those seeking a specialist administrative job role within the HR function.


No prerequisites

Career path

This gives you a glimpse into the basics of working in HR. From here you could look to develop your leadership and management skills or pursue further specialist training in the HR field.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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