Inspire People Professionals Academy

We are delighted to have teamed up again with the CIPD, the LGA and West Midlands Employers to once again bring you an Academy Programme combining the essentials of Human Resources, Organisational Development and Design.

The Inspire Academy is part of a national workforce programme of support to councils across the English regions, working in partnership with the LGA, CIPD and Regional Employers Organisations.

The Academy combines the essentials of Human Resources, Organisational Development and Design and is an evolution of two successful initiatives (Aspire HR Business Partners and Inspire OD).

The LGA are providing grant funding to help subsidise this new programme, to enable council HR and OD professionals to access this opportunity. The aim of this programme is to help people professionals in councils be better prepared, building the skills and mindset required in a changing world, for the COVID recovery and reset work that lies ahead in 2021 and beyond and the need to build more inclusive work cultures.

Front cover of the Inspire People Professionals Academy

New cohorts open for booking

New cohorts open for booking, running:

– September to November 2021

– January to March 2022

– March to May 2022

Who is this course aimed at?

The academy is suited to those who want to;

  • Create a culture channel shift enabling all HR and OD colleagues to work with a similar mind and skill set
  • Influence future working and the organisation’s dynamic and design
  • Better understand how they can effect change and build power to influence
  • Secure a CIPD Certificate of Achievement, to operate at a strategic business partner level, ready for the next step in your career
  • Evidence CPD working towards MCIPD or FCIPD accreditation.

We are not prescribing who this programme is for, that is a decision for you and where your organisation is on it’s journey. We anticipate participants ranging from experienced practitioners to those new to HR and OD, and the course sessions will be managed to provide something for everyone, at every level.

The Academy Experience

  • Start with a welcome session to provide context
  • followed by eight learning modules (40 hours)
  • end with a wrap-up session to review and share the learning impact
  • you will be asked to commit an additional 15 hours of self-directed learning around core behaviours for which each participant will be provided access to CIPD’s e-learning environment.

Delegate cost

The course would ordinarily costs £1500 + VAT for each participant.

Why Inspire?

 It is aligned to the CIPDs Profession Map.

 It is informed by the latest CIPD research.

 Each module is designed by leading experts in that field.

 It uses a range of approaches and tools to strengthen your practice.

✔ It focuses on contextualised learning, bringing in private sector examples but applying these within the local government context, through CIPD, LGA and Regional Employers Organisation insights.

 It promotes networking with professionals across the sector to encourage learning beyond the virtual classroom.

 It provides the opportunity for self reflective and self directed learning to enable transfer of knowledge to the workplace.


1| Inspire, Inform and Innovate the Future of Work

Duration: This one-hour online learning session is our golden thread throughout the programme.

Overview: The focus is on the changing world, the impact of a pandemic and the need to build more inclusive work cultures. People professionals need to consider the Future World of Work, the Workforce and the Workplace so that they can adapt to meet the transformation.

2| Data Analytics for People Professionals

Duration: 8 hours of Virtual Learning

Overview: Data and analytics is becoming increasingly crucial in order to understand organisational insights and influence business decisions. Within this module practical case studies on how to effectively use analytics in your organisation will be key. The module is aligned to the CIPDs analytics portfolio and has been informed by latest CIPD research and designed by a team of analytics experts. You will benefit from advice and guidance by a leading expert in the field and have the chance to pose your very own questions in an interactive environment.

3| Adopting People Professional Behaviours for maximum impact

Duration: One hour of Virtual Learning

Overview: The use of ‘self’ in OD practice, to influence with an OD mindset, skills and confidence to establish your credibility in enabling sustainable change within your organisation. Recognising where the power lies, and using your spheres of influence to create positive impact.

4| Strategic Workforce Planning for People professionals

Duration: 4 hours of Virtual Learning through 4 sessions

Overview: Strategic workforce planning is a critical part of how an organisation delivers on its strategy, supporting an organisation in determining future capability needs and a more efficient and effective approach to resourcing. Following this course you will be able to create a forecast of future workforce needs, determine the gap between current demand the future forecast, and build an action plan to close the gap. This module will be delivered through 4 virtual sessions: Introducing workforce planning, establishing baselines, supply, demand and gap analysis and action plans and delivery.

5| Making reward and recognition strategies work for you

Duration: 4 hours of Virtual Learning

Overview: This module enables delegates to gain the knowledge and understanding of aligning reward with the organisational strategy, understanding the business context of reward through intelligence analysis. Individuals are motivated by different stimuli and we will review how using a range of engagement techniques creates a variety of results. Performance is a key measurable for organisations, therefore we look at how factors such as pay, bonus, recognition and incentives can impact individuals and the organisation as a whole. Overall it addresses the reward environment in which organisations operate and looks at the resources required to manage reward schemes.

6| Creating employee engagement strategies

Duration: 4 hours of Virtual Learning

Overview: Keeping your employees engaged, with a sense of belonging and purpose to your organisation is critical to ensuring you have an agile workforce who will support your organisation with levels of discretionary effort needed for success. In difficult working times how do you ensure you engage your workforce, demonstrate their value and ensure they have a voice? This workshop will provide you with insight on different approaches to engagement, and how to make these strategies fit your organisational culture.

7| The Importance of Effective Organisational Design

Duration: Total 10 hours virtual learning across multiple sessions

Overview: The Organisation Design programme has been refreshed to equip you with straightforward frameworks, approaches and practical tools facilitated by practitioners with a wealth of experience to address our modern work challenges. The programme starts with assessing the work that needs to be done to meet the organisation’s aspirations and then shows you how to design options for better aligned organisational systems.

In addition to learning through a facilitated virtual programme, participants are encouraged to work in pairs and groups off-line to practice and embed the learning using a relevant case study. Participants will have the opportunity to share this learning with the wider group in the virtual learning classroom.

8| Managing Change through Organisational Development Practice

Duration: Total 6 hours virtual learning across multiple sessions

Overview: This programme covers the fundamentals of Organisational Development including the history; the key thinkers; and the evolution of Organisational Development practice. We will consider a range of approaches and tools that can be utilised to strengthen your OD practice.

Apply now - places are limited

We anticipate strong demand for these places with high levels of interest already, so we will be assigning regional allocations and a first come first served policy to fill these places as fairly as possible, so we strongly encourage you to apply now for your place on your chosen cohort.

For more information For further information on this exciting new learning programme please get in touch with the WME team
General Enquiries: 0121 281 3558

The Small Print

Participants for the pilot must work for a local authority.

  • Every council in England can apply for a subsidised place on a pilot cohort.
  • Investment required for the programme is £1500 + VAT per participant.
  • Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

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