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CPS updates its courses in a bid to boost diversity

first_img Previous Article Next Article CPS updates its courses in a bid to boost diversityOn 15 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to radically overhaul training toimprove management and HR skills in the organisation as part of its drive toimprove diversity. This month, the CPS is launching its first ever development programmefocusing on management skills in the organisation, and HR training is alsobeing updated to make the function more strategic. Both courses will include a strong equality and diversity focus, to ensurethe CPS continues to address diversity issues after it was labelledinstitutionally racist by the Commission for Racial Equality in 2001. The CPS is no longer under formal investigation, but is subject to regularprogress checks, with the next scheduled in May. HR director Angela O’Connor believes management skills have traditionallynot been seen as important. The new programme, called Transform, introduces core management competenciesand a 360-degree appraisal process. After the appraisal, a training and development programme will be tailoredto meet individual’s skills gaps. “The CPS is an organisation of professionals and lawyers who come upthrough the professional routes – which is fine,” said O’Connor. “Butthey get to a certain point, look behind them and realise that all of a suddenthey are managing 30 staff.” O’Connor said the 100-strong HR team she inherited last year was too‘reactive’ and relied too heavily on the HR manual. “I think I’ll burnit,” she said. Concise ‘how to’ booklets will replace the manual andtraining will include employment law, consultancy skills and equality. “The new world of HR, the strategic business partner is a bit scary forthe HR team as it was used to [more] administrative work,” O’Connor said. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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