CEO Message – July 2015

Introducing HRPA training needs analysis tool

Bill Greenhalgh

At the 2016 Annual Conference, HRPA will introduce a new online training needs analysis tool that will help members create an individually tailored continuing professional development plan in about thirty minutes.

This new assessment tool will allow you to complete a half-hour assessment based on HRPA’s new HR Competency Model, and receive a personal development plan report based on the results.

The plan will highlight both an individual’s HR competency strengths and gaps and recommend and prioritize specific areas for professional training and development options.

The plan can also be used by the individual as their business case for their employer to invest in the learning and development outlined in the report.

The questions in the training needs analysis are underpinned by HRPA’s new HR Competency Model that tests an updated body of knowledge, and the ability to apply that knowledge, at all levels of HR practice. Your personalized report will provide insight into your expertise across the competencies in the new framework.

A similar tool has already been rolled out and is in use by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). It has proven very popular with members and has helped AHRI identify and address gaps in its professional development programming.

New website and ecommerce platform

I’m also pleased to announce that HRPA will be unveiling both a new website and ecommerce platform later this year, the first such upgrades since 2008.

The new website will be much simpler to navigate and optimized for the increasing numbers of members who access and use the site via smartphone. And in keeping with HRPA’s commitment to accessibility, the site will also be fully compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) WCAG 2.0 AA standard which doesn’t come into effect until 2021 for not-for-profits with 50 or more employees.

We will also be rolling out a new and (very much) improved ecommerce platform and member management system to better serve members’ online needs.

From HRPA, we wish everyone a happy and safe summer.

Best regards,

Bill Greenhalgh

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