Kingstonâ€™s Business School has teamed up with the Governmentâ€™s leading training centre to launch a qualification for high-flying civil servants. The new Master of Human Resource Strategy and Change is designed to equip students with the skills needed to move on to senior management. It will bring participants up to speed with the latest developments in strategic thinking and explore fresh techniques for building relationships in the workplace.
The course is being run in partnership by the Universityâ€™s School of Human Resource Management and the Centre for Management and Policy Studies (CMPS), part of the Cabinet Officeâ€™s Corporate Development Group. Starting in November, the one-year programme will be taught in three five-day blocks at the CMPS residential centre in Sunningdale. The qualification supports the Governmentâ€™s Modernising People Management agenda and will give students plenty of scope to examine human resource issues within their specific organisations.
Head of the School of Human Resource Management Professor Christine Edwards said the programme would teach students the importance of strategic leadership. â€œThis is a wonderful opportunity for the Kingston Business School to broaden its portfolio of courses into management development in the Civil Service. It also meets our goal of improving individualsâ€™ prospects by opening the door for middle and senior managers to move up the career ladder,â€ she said.
The new partnership would be responsible for producing the next generation of top officials, CMPS programme director Sue Treharne said. â€œIt will improve the level of professionalism in the civil and public services and ensure staff have the knowledge and skills to assume management responsibilities at the earliest opportunity,â€ she added.
The Kingston Business School is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as a Centre of Excellence.