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Mark Robertson Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce the Mark Robertson Awards 2019 will take place at Hilton London Kensington on Thursday 21st November 2019.
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Diversity and the Foreign Commonwealth Office

Diversity and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Acacia’s founder Julie Cook FCIPD reflects on diversity in HR after a recent visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. My enjoyment of the Open House weekend in London 21st and 22nd September included a visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) HQ in Westminster adjacent to Downing Street. Expecting to see some superb...
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CIPD Level 5 HR Explained

What are CIPD Level 5 Qualifications in Human Resource Management?

The CIPD’s accredited Level 5 qualifications in HR Management are the middle of three tiers of qualification offered by the CIPD. Within them, you will explore HR models and practices as well internal and external factors which impact on organisations.
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CIPD Annual Conference Exhibition 2019

Why attend CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition

What is CIPD ACE? CIPD holds an Annual Conference and Exhibition in Manchester over the course of 2 days. The event is split into 5 categories:
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Supporting workplace dyslexia

Supporting dyslexia in the workplace

Do you know what Jamie Oliver, Richard Branson, Steven Spielberg, Jo Malone, Kiera Knightly and Benjamin Zephaniah…among so many others, all have in common?
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Keeping good Mental Health


Student Support Top Tips for a good mental health whilst studying The diverse role of HR can be a hectic and demanding job. With the responsibility of employees, its no wonder HR professionals can often become very stressed.
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What is your learning style with Jay Glover

What’s your learning style?

What is your learning style? But more importantly how can knowing your learning style help you study smarter? You may have noticed that a lot of tutors use a range of teaching ‘inputs’ to deliver the module content and to stimulate and engage their students.
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Apprenticeship Levy Funding Advice

The Apprenticeship Levy: CIPD HR and L&D Advice

Did you know that you can use the Apprenticeship Levy to fund CIPD accredited HR or Learning & Development Certificates? Taking an apprenticeship could be the perfect way to be sponsored through your CIPD qualifications.
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JOMAES research

HR Generalist vs Employment Law Specialist: research reveals essential skills

New research reveals a fundamental shift in the work of HR practitioners: From HR generalist to Employment Law Specialist. Acacia Learning tutors, Dr Kay Maddox-Daines and Dr Danielle Wooten have conducted the new research.
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Career Coaching: Kay Maddox-Daines

Working with an Executive and Leadership Career Coach

Acacia tutor and academic head, Dr Kay Maddox-Daines discusses her coaching style for supporting mid-career decisions. 
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CIPD student time management tips

Time Management with Michelle Maunder

Michelle works as a CIPD Acacia Tutor. She also holds down a full time job, as the Staff Council Chair for TI Media and until recently was a Trustee on a CIO. She is often asked: “How do you juggle everything….?”
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CIPD Levels

CIPD Levels 3, 5 and 7 explained

The different CIPD levels provide a qualification route throughout your career. The CIPD levels are each designed to support progression at different points in your career but don’t always have to be taken in order.
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Tanya Menon TED Talk

The secret to great opportunities: building your network

We’ve been inspired by Tanya Menon at Acacia HQ today. Her TED talk on how consciously expanding our networks will lead to new ideas and opportunities is heading towards 2 million views and has us all thinking.
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CIPD Level 7 Exam CIPD Level 7 Diploma exam hall

8 Top tips from a CIPD Examiner

Thinking about taking your Level 7 CIPD Diploma but don’t like the sound of exams?
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Office for National Statistics (ONS)

More than half of HR admin jobs at risk due to Automation

Analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests there will be vast automation across the HR board.
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How to convince your boss that you need to be at the CIPD Festival of Work

A 5 step guide to convincing your boss you need to attend the CIPD Festival of Work: 1) Explaining what the Festival of Work is The CIPD Festival of Work addresses two hot and unmissable topics: 
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Acacia Learning HR apprentices

Changes to Apprenticeship Levy in April 2019

The changes to the apprenticeship levy are to encourage more SMEs to take on apprentices, as a result the government is willing to cover more training costs and levy payers can now transfer more of their funding.
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Rachel Cook attends the Parliamentary Review gala 2019

Highlighting best practice in education with Acacia Learning | The Parliamentary Review

This week our Managing Director Rachel Cook attended the Parliamentary Review gala to celebrate Acacia Learning’s journey over the past decade.
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CIPD Level 5 L&D. CIPD London courses

Olivia Charles career development success | CIPD Level 7 Review

CIPD Level 7 review from Acacia Student Olivia Charles, Senior Learning and Development Advisor at Northamptonshire County Council. 
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Time to revisit your talent management strategy?

Time to revisit your Talent Management Strategy?

Technological advancement is growing at a pace with robotics and AI significantly impacting on the type and number of jobs required.  Jobs that are made up of routine tasks are more likely to be automated.
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CIPD professional map

The new HR Profession Map – how does it impact on you?

Did you know that the CIPD HR Profession Map has been updated? Launched at the CIPD conference in November 2018, the new profession map has been designed to provide clearer guidance to support the people profession of the future.
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Scott Gavin student testimonial

Scott Gavin at Aramco Overseas discusses his CIPD learning journey with Acacia Learning

Throughout his studies, Scott managed to master the difficult task of balancing academic achievement and practical application into his workplace.
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Marco's HR angels

Congratulations to the winners at our annual Mark Robertson Awards night 2018

It was a fantastic evening of celebration, awards, lucky raffle winners, crazy quizzes, creative selfies and random karaoke microphone hijackers too!
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Perry Timms at our HR Hackathon

Perry Timms: Innovation in HR

Innovation is something we hear we must do more of.  To be more competitive, resilient, to outpace the changes around us.  And yet it remains an elusive and sometimes misguided effort to just come up with new “stuff”.
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Acacia partners with Bakkah to extend reach in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Acacia Learning, one of the leading professional training organisations in the UK, has entered into a partnership agreement with Bakkah in Riyadh.
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5 Top tips for completing a practice-based Masters dissertation

5 top tips for completing a practice-based Masters dissertation from Dr Kirsteen Grant, Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University and Programme Leader for our Top-up to Masters in Human Resource Management programme in London for CIPD Level 7 graduates.
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Perry Timms at our HR Hackathon

Perry Timms: Transformation and HR

When we think about business transformation – which is becoming the thing everyone’s doing – then we think about it being pretty significant, you could say seismic, often digital and certainly about keeping pace with the rapid pace of change.
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Edinburgh napier uni building

CIPD Level 7 Top-up qualification with a research project and graduate with a Master’s degree

Acacia Learning has teamed up with Edinburgh Napier University to provide a CIPD Level 7 Top-up Programme in London, commencing September 2019!
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Mark Robertson Awards Night Invite 2018

Mark Robertson Awards Night 2018

We are delighted to announce the Mark Robertson Awards night 2018 will take place at Amba Marble Arch on Thursday 22nd November 2018. 
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Perry Timms Hackathon

HR Hackathon with Perry Timms

We’ve all got those tricky, complex and reoccurring issues at work. No matter what we do to try and come up with ways to tackle them, we just don’t seem to nail the solution.
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Work with Acacia

Account Manager Role | We’re hiring!

Acacia Learning has been offering professional training solutions to clients and organisations in both the UK and overseas since 2007.
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Acacia_May graduation

Tayo graduates and gets promoted! | CIPD Level 5 Diploma Reviews

Tayo has completed her CIPD level 5 Diploma and developed her HR Management knowledge at Acacia Learning! Since then, she been promoted at work. 
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Acacia Graduation Julie with Student

Aparna | CIPD Case Study

CIPD certification has provided Aparna with relevance and a standard against which she can measure her work. Aparna works for one of the Big Four accounting firms. She is responsible for establishing and rolling out virtual classrooms, and delivering new employee induction programs.
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Edinburgh napier uni building

Master’s Degree Top-Up for CIPD Level 7 students

Top-up to a Master’s Degree.  Acacia Learning has teamed up with Edinburgh Napier University to provide any CIPD HR Level 7 learners with an exclusive Masters Top-up Programme in London, commencing September 2018!
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Acacia Graduation at the Shard

Becky Sparks Success Story | CIPD level 3 Case Study

Becky Sparks switched career to study the CIPD Foundation Diploma in L&D with us – just 6 weeks after completing her course she landed her first L&D job!
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HR Most Influential Practitioners – our very own Perry Timms

Acacia Learning are delighted that one of their most recently chosen partners and collaborators – Perry Timms – has been voted on to HR Magazine’s prestigious HR Most Influential Practitioners 2017.
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Mature student

The Employment Law and HR developments you need to know…

As with all legal documents and protocols, employment law is a continually evolving and developing piece of legislation which is unique to every country. At Acacia Learning, we’re here to help your HR team stay up to date to ensure you’re effectively supporting your staff and organisation/business.
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Sarah West CIPD Level 7 success

Sarah West passes CIPD 7LMP with Distinction!

Well done to Sarah West for passing her CIPD level 7 LMP  module with a Distinction! We love to help our students realise their dreams and our students are transforming their lives through education. They are learning new skills, achieving objectives, and impacting the world. Their stories are unique. That’s why we work closely with...
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student sitting down in class

Why we still offer face to face CIPD courses across the UK and worldwide

It is undeniable that technology has made education more accessible, removing geographic barriers, making it more flexible and affordable.
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Saudi Arabia Students at their desks

Acacia Learning in Saudi Arabia

As Middle East economies shift from an almost total reliance on oil and gas to a sustainable future as knowledge economies, governments and employers across the region recognise the valuable role HR can and must play. In this context, CIPD’s potential to make a difference to work and working lives couldn’t be greater.
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Stephen Taylor

CIPD Level 7 Employment Law with Dr Stephen Taylor

Why Study Employment Law? Our very popular CIPD Employment Law Module is delivered by Dr Stephen Taylor. Stephen is one of the UK’s top leading experts on the subject. This could be the perfect way to try studying at level 7 whilst gaining a CIPD award in a highly desirable subject.
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students bored in class

What’s your study style? | Revision Tips

What’s your study style? Why is it important? Good tutors have always realised the importance of using a mix of teaching ‘inputs’ to get across the subject matter of each module and to stimulate and engage their students. Typically, a good session will involve some oral delivery by the tutor with discussion and questions to...
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Writing under Employee title

Study a CIPD Award in Employment Law (Level 5)

If you’d like an introduction to studying at level 5, our hugely popular Employment Law module could be the perfect way to try it out, whilst gaining a CIPD award in a highly desirable subject.
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student on laptop lying on sofa

How to Become a Productive Student

Set realistic expectations. It’s always best to write down your goals rather than having them float around your head. Never lose sight of what you’re hoping to get out of studying. Achieving a qualification is a marathon rather than a sprint. Remember it’s about learning as much as passing assignments/exams.
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