The programme gave me personal credibility in that I felt fully empowered in my role, and the knowledge gained through the programme has enabled me to position the HR function as a fundamental part of the strategic planning for the Charity. There is a really inclusive ethos built into everything about it – and being able to stay as part of the DPG family even after completing the programme is such a valuable part of that.
I was looking for a route to gaining a CIPD qualification to support me in my new role as an HR Manager. I went into typical research mode, looking at all manner of options and spoke to many providers about their offer. One conversation stood out above all others, when I was talking to a gentleman at DPG. I liked the online community and the ‘feel’ of the organisation – a smoothly run and effective operation, yet with a friendly and personal approach.View Course
Prior to starting the programme, I had been the volunteering manager at the charity for several years. The vacancy for HR manager attracted me, and I felt fully capable to making the transition into the HR role, given appropriate training. Fortunately, my CEO agreed and I was directed to investigate the options open to me for gaining a suitable qualification/experience.
There were several challenges to this transition. Whilst I was comfortable in managing volunteers, there are obvious differences in becoming an HR manager with responsibility for being the focal point for manager advice on a whole new raft of staff matters. Probably the biggest challenge of course, lay in gaining the trust and respect from other staff that I was now the HR Manager, as well as the volunteering manager. Such transitions are easier if it involves a move to a new employer, or even a new branch. I however, stayed in the same office, working alongside the same staff, but in a new role.
The programme helped me in so many ways! It gave me personal credibility in that I felt fully empowered in my role. I don’t feel there was ever any particular feeling from staff that I wouldn’t be effective, but for me it was important that I had that credibility that comes with being a part of, and completing the programme. I loved the teaching methods and the monthly sessions with my fellow students, huge thanks to our tutor (Debbie Harvey) for being so energetic and finding different ways to challenge us every month! We all bonded really well from day one, and I remain good friends with them to this day, some 3 years after completing the programme. That network of fellow HR professionals has been invaluable as a support mechanism for me over the years. I got so much out of the DPG online community, and continue to be a part of it. I have mentored other students as they progress through their programme, and enjoy dropping into discussions.
The knowledge gained through the programme has enabled me to position the HR function as a fundamental part of the strategic planning for the Charity, whilst also juggling the day to day HR matters of course!
I would thoroughly recommend DPG as a training provider, in fact I have done so on many occasions.
I came across DPG and it was the flexibility in their delivery of the programme that struck me. I work full time and have fantastic support from them, so am able to balance study requirements alongside my day to day role.
DPG is a fantastic organisation and has some fantastic people working there and I believe that DPG helped me change my future.
Within 3 months of completing my CIPD qualification with DPG, I had secured a temporary position which turned into permanent employment as a HR Generalist. Since then I have gained a promotion.
There is a really inclusive ethos built into everything about it – and being able to stay as part of the DPG family even after completing the programme is such a valuable part of that.
The learning was at the right pace, the workshops were engaging and interactive. I could manage my study in hours to suit me around my work and personal life.
I’m so happy I chose DPG because of the excellent support I’ve received throughout my studies. The DPG online community continues to be an excellent resource where you can mingle with like-minded professionals in a supportive and friendly environment.
DPG are well-organised, professional and understand the needs of their participants. It definitely feels like a partnership when you are training with them.
I have been able to implement a lot of ideas directly into my current role, improving the training portfolio and materials with the skills I have learned. The ROI is through the roof which has already been recognised in my appraisal.
I chose to use DPG as they were able to offer an in-house solution at a competitive rate and have an excellent reputation for delivering quality programmes.
I chose DPG because I wanted to complete this course flexibly and fit studying into my schedule rather than fitting my schedule around studying.
I really liked the fact that DPG offered such flexibility, both in terms of the time taken to complete the qualification, and that I could be flexible about workshop locations.
DPG provides a fantastic environment to learn, the facilities are great, the facilitators are knowledgeable and the online modules are easy to submit. Plus, feedback is both informative and swift.
DPG are supportive, relaxed and disciplined. You create your own learning environment through the DPG framework and everyone has the opportunity to excel providing you’re willing to put in 100%. DPG are always willing to help and you will meet good people along the way.
Without a doubt, I would gladly recommend DPG to others. It is rare to see such a learning organisation that treats the learning needs of its participants not just as a collective unit but on an individual basis.
I did quite a lot of research about L&D qualifications suited to my role and CIPD seemed to offer the best options. I looked at several providers but had really good feedback on DPG from some of my colleagues who had done their qualifications with DPG recently, and it was definitely the right decision for me
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. They will offer you some really practical advice that will help you to choose what is best for you and your development.
Compared to other courses I have done online, DPG supersedes the others by far. Not only do I have really good support from the online facilitator, the course is also really fun to follow and I can correlate it with my real life scenarios.
So far the support has been amazing. There is always someone there to support you and make you feel at ease – I would recommend doing the course with DPG.
My advice to anyone looking to study with DPG is do it! The tutors and facilitators are very supportive and will help you in any way they can to succeed.
The CIPD Level 3 Certificate in L&D has been useful in thinking about L&D from a perspective I hadn’t looked at before, and has really helped my understanding grow and helped develop me as an L&D practitioner. It has definitely helped me bring new ideas to the table at work and I’m sure the knowledge I have gained will continue to help me.
It was a really easy decision to make in choosing DPG. They offered a practical and applicable course whilst also allowing me the ability to fit studying in with a busy full time work schedule.