The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has partnered with FutureLearn, the global digital learning platform, to deliver two free online courses in HR Fundamentals and People Management Skills. FutureLearn provides free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations to over seven million users from over 200 countries around the globe.

The HR Fundamentals course is designed for those who are considering a career in HR, or those who have recently been made responsible for people management in their organisation. The course will offer an introduction to HR, providing a solid foundation on which to develop their skills and professionalism further through practice and additional learning and resources.

The People Management Skills course has been created for employees recently promoted into a line manager role, or to upskill existing managers or business owners. The course will enable them to stay up to date with new capabilities needed to manage people and lead a successful team, regardless of the size of their organisation. The course will offer an effective introduction to people management skills, exploring the fundamental aspects of people management, from recruiting the best candidates and developing their skills, to considering their well-being and ensuring they perform at their best.

Warren Howlett, Head of HR Content at the CIPD, comments: “We’re delighted to be partnering with FutureLearn to offer free, online courses for anyone considering a career in HR or taking on people management responsibilities in their organisation. The programmes are designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to get the best out of people, and continue our work as a career partner to people professionals from the start of their work in the industry.”

Nigel Smith, Head of Content at FutureLearn, comments: “We’re proud to have the CIPD join us as a new partner, it’s fantastic to have such experts in the field share their knowledge and experience with our learners. People skills are important in most roles today so we’re sure that the new courses will be very popular. We look forward to helping our learners progress in their careers through this new partnership.”  

The courses are now live for registrations and the first course will begin on 16 April 2018. To register for the People Management Skills, please visit To register for HR Fundamentals, please visit

Each CIPD/FutureLearn course lasts five weeks and are designed for those considering a career in HR. For those that decide to pursue a career in HR, the CIPD offers a number of qualifications to develop relevant and essential knowledge and skills. More information about these can be found here -


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