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Shaun Beck – Talent Development Coach & Director

I wanted to challenge myself and build my knowledge and skills further in a more generalist capacity.

In Short

The Level 5 HR Management programme really helped me to develop a bigger picture and strategic thinking in the world of HR. I also found that I could apply all of the learning in reality. Everyone I have met at DPG has been genuinely interested in seeing me grow and develop. It also doesn’t just stop when you finish the qualification. I have stayed in touch with several people who I met and I still take advantage of the social media networks and DPG community forums.

Why did you choose DPG?

I was recommended DPG by a colleague at the time. I explored a few other provider options, but I was drawn to the flexible and blended approach to learning that DPG offered. The mix of workshops, e-lessons, links to external resources, group calls and assessments worked perfectly for my style. DPG also stood out because of the people that I spoke to – relaxed and informal, but offered really professional advice on the right path for me to take.

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What were your goals of starting the programme?

After about 12 years of working in senior learning and development roles in large organisations, I was pretty experienced in that area. I wanted to challenge myself and build my knowledge and skills further in a more generalist capacity.

At that time I was in a Senior Consultant role in the People and Organisational Development Team at Caterpillar. The role gave me a great opportunity to diversify from a purely training focused role. I focused more on wider performance management strategies, engagement initiatives, recruitment and selection and wider HR.

A natural qualification would have been to undertake one of the L&D focused qualifications, but with a great opportunity to apply the learning, I decided to go for the more generalist CIPD Level 5 HR Management qualification to deepen my knowledge in HR. This also presented a bit more of a challenge and stretch for me. not just accrediting all of the L&D expertise I had gained.

How did the programme help and where are you now?

The programme really helped me to develop a bigger picture and strategic thinking in the world of HR, not just L&D. I also found that I could apply all of the learning in reality. After leaving Caterpillar, I held senior learning and development roles in Hotel Chocolat and Ted Baker and then made the move into interim assignments at Travis Perkins and Weetabix.

In March 2006 I created ‘INSPIRE-IGNITE’ Coaching and Training. It enabled me to realise my passion and curiosity for people and seeing them grow and develop. I aim to INSPIRE passion and IGNITE action to help individuals, teams and organisations to achieve more!

What you would say to anyone thinking of doing a programme with DPG?

I’d say do it! Everyone I have met at DPG has been genuinely interested in seeing me grow and develop. It also doesn’t just stop when you finish the qualification. I have stayed in touch with several people who I met and I still take advantage of the DPG social media networks and community forums.

I’d also say just to get in touch with the DPG team for a chat. They will offer you some really practical advice that will help you to choose what is best for you and your development.