Due to launch this March, a new project based in Birmingham will help out smaller sized businesses by providing free support in areas around people management.
The CIPD, in partnership with Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC), has secured funding for the People Skills project.
Businesses in the area that employ up to 50 people will be able to access up to two days of face-to-face and telephone HR advice and online support. It’s being funded by the Government’s Business Basics Fund, which was established to help test and evaluate new approaches to boosting the performance and productivity of small firms.
Businesses will be able to specify the support they’d find most useful; this might be help with drawing up employment contracts and job descriptions, managing absence and performance or improving training and development provision for staff.
Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, commented, “Productivity and sustainable growth are key business and economic objectives, particularly for smaller businesses. Helping small firm owner-managers to improve their people management and development practices, which enable people to perform their best at work, is critical to achieving these objectives.