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Human Resource Management for Beginners


This practical event provides an introduction to the fundamentals of employing people. The course maps the employment relationship from recruitment, to issuing contracts, managing holidays, dealing with absence, discipline and grievance matters through to ending the employment relationship.

A helpful tool kit of sample policies and letters is provided to delegates for use back in their workplace.

Business need

You've been successful in running the business so far, but maybe now you need help hiring and managing people. Or perhaps your boss has given you the job of dealing with all things HR in your company, you are new to it and don't know where to start.

To help, we have packed together the essentials of HR and employment relations into a convenient training session which distils a lot of what you need to know into a one day event.

HR for Beginners has been designed specifically to meet your needs and is in response to requests from our customers.

This introductory course highlights some of the key issues you might face in the workplace. Our complimentary Getting it Right and In Depth events look in more detail at the wider aspects of employing people and the knowledge and skills required for the topics covered.

The HR Management for beginner's course assumes no prior learning. The course is very much focussed on the key building blocks needed for the HR function. Discussions based around practical case studies will be a central element of the course content.

Informal discussion opportunities and practical exercises are included throughout the day to encourage active delegate participation.

Suitable For

- Small businesses and those new to HR.

- Business start-ups

- Those taking on their first employees

- Expanding businesses

- Newly appointed front-line managers and supervisors

- Employee representatives



- How to draft a job description and a person specification

- How to prepare, structure and run effective interviews,

including practical exercises

- How to assess evidence and make decisions

Contracts of employment:

- How to put the main terms and conditions in writing

- Rules on pay, hours of work and holidays

- How to make changes to terms and conditions

Equal opportunities:

- Types of discrimination and the areas which are covered by

discrimination law

Managing discipline:

- Dealing effectively with problems areas by following the Acas

code of practice on discipline and grievance

- Includes taking informal action, holding formal disciplinary

meetings and dealing with employee grievances

Managing absence:

- How to deal fairly and effectively with unauthorised absence,

short term illness and long term sickness through an absence


Ending the employment relationship:

- When is a dismissal fair and when might it be unfair? Different

ways to end a contract and rules on notice and notice pay

A toolkit of sample policy documents and letters around the main basic requirements is provided to allow for easy implementation back in the workplace.

Some feedback from delegates who have attended this event:

"I attended the HR for beginners course and as a complete novice to the HR side of the business I found it very interesting and informative. The course had a large amount of content all of it presented in an easy to understand format and most of all it encouraged us all to participate. This course acts as a taster for people just coming into HR and encourages you to actively want more information. To this end I will definitely be attending further courses to expand the knowledge I now have. Very good course and very good presenter."

-H&S Manager

"Human Resource Management for beginners was a really interesting overview of a complex subject. The information was clear and straightforward and easy to follow even for a novice who is new to world of HR. The instructor was very knowledgeable and very good at levelling the course to suit all individuals. I enjoyed the exercises which tested understanding of the topics covered in the course. This course has certainly given me an appetite to learn some more. It was my first visit to ACAS Glasgow the location and facilities were excellent.

-Training Manager (attended Acas Scotland event)

This training event is nearly fully booked and has been taken offline to avoid overbooking. Please contact Acas on 0300 123 1150 about availability of places

Venue Euston Tower - 10:00 - D   Map (opens in new window)   Date 23/03/2018    Time 10:00 - 16:00   
Price £170.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt