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The Challenge

To become CIPD qualified and kick-start a successful HR career

Courtney Jones was promoted to her first HR role with the Charities Aid Foundation after a six month secondment, and chose to begin her CIPD journey at the same time as her new job. Attracted to HR by a love for helping people and providing advice, Courtney has ambitions of becoming a HR adviser and would love to manage a team.

She decided to self-fund the qualification to learn more about HR and upskill herself, knowing that being CIPD qualified is a requirement for many HR positions.

Taking on the challenge of a new role and additional study for a new qualification at the same time was not an easy feat. But with the right support, Courtney knew she could achieve it.

The L&D team at CAF were familiar with the Reed Learning team and recommended our courses to Courtney, knowing that our supportive advisers and flexible learning solutions would help her achieve her goals and further her career development.

My adviser has been amazing and so supportive , really going above and beyond what I expected in terms of support. She motivated me throughout and gave me the confidence to keep going.

The Solution

Comprehensive course materials and a supportive adviser

Courtney enjoyed our online webinars, and thought our study guides were “brilliant” – providing a breakdown of all the information needed. With our Virtual Learning Environment and study resources, she had everything she needed to complete her course.

While Courtney admits studying for her qualification alongside a full-time job was hard at first, support from her adviser Leanne Till helped her to keep going. Courtney told us that Leanne was “such a great teacher, who would always respond in a timely manner” and made her feel that there “were no stupid questions”.

In fact, Courtney found her adviser so encouraging that she couldn’t wait to go home and start learning!

The Results

Successfully achieved Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Courtney successfully became CIPD qualified in a matter of months, and is now ready to progress her career again by studying for her Level 5 CIPD qualification later this year.

With a CIPD qualification under her belt, Courtney now has the confidence to contribute to technical discussions in team meetings, knowing her knowledge is up to date. She also has a greater understanding of the employee life cycle and its importance, and has used this expertise to bring fresh ideas to the team.

With the skills and knowledge achieved as a result of taking our course, Courtney looks forward to going to work and feels empowered to progress in a career she’s passionate about.

  • Became CIPD qualified at the age of 22

  • Progressing to Level 5 CIPD qualification

  • Self-funded to enhance career prospects