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The Charities HR Network (CHRN) has agreed a memorandum of understanding with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), in which they will work together to align the professional standards of the member charities and provide evidence backed solutions to help them achieve this.

 CHRN will get access to a new range of training, and accreditation opportunities under the agreement with CIPD, which will also provide a common framework that defines HR capabilities and skills, underpins CHRN career paths and provides a picture of overall skills.

The memorandum of understanding signed between the CHRN and the CIPD will provide CHRN staff with relevant CIPD qualifications and professional accreditation. It also aims to create a wider community of practice for CHRN HR practitioners, as well as set the principles of agreement for collaboration on virtual events and research.

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive for the CIPD said: “We are delighted to further our relationship with CHRN to support the development of the HR profession, capabilities, and practice across this vital sector. Charities face particular challenges and rely on their diverse workforces as well as volunteers to deliver on their purpose and values, often with more limited HR resources. The CIPD is very committed to helping grow the profession and to professionalise by framing, assessing and helping to develop the capabilities HR people need in this rapidly changing world. Strengthening the connections and shared support, as well as learning from both our organisations and networks is a mutual intent at this is a critically important time for us all.”

Kerry Smith, Chair of the Network said: “This is a milestone for the CHRN as we look to support and develop our members and the fantastic HR teams working in the sector.  This is the first agreement of this type in the sector and at a time when HR is playing such a pivotal role in organisations it helps us to increase the support we offer to our members by allowing us to access the team and the resources of the CIPD. We’d like to thank Peter and the team for their ongoing support.”

Ian Mond, Lead Employer Solutions Manager added, ‘We’re incredibly proud to have established a relationship with the Network. CIPD Employer Solutions is constantly looking to work in partnership with other purpose driven organisations to help them set up and maintain industry leading best practices. Our evidence based solutions are particularly crucial at this time, as the third sector has experienced unprecedented disruption and uncertainty. By demonstrating leading people practices, charities are able to continue serving those who need them the most, as well as evidence sound organisational health and sustainability for investor confidence.’