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Steve Davis – Head of Human Resources

Find out why Steve chose to a do a Level 5 HR blended programme with DPG

In Short

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.

Why did you choose DPG?

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.

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What were your goals of starting the programme?

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.

How did the programme help?

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!

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

I would thoroughly recommend DPG as a training provider, in fact I have done so on many occasions.