CIPD Learner Stories: Trevor Thompson

With a few other qualifications gained over the years, Trevor was keen to enhance his professional portfolio and enrolled on the Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management to do so.

In my role as a civil servant, I have completed numerous courses over the years in management and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at different levels. I wanted a course to compliment these, and a HR course was the natural route for personal development. 

I chose the Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management with the hope that this would enable me to gain a high-level qualification in a professional subject to further enhance my portfolio for promotion. I was additionally keen to gain a deeper understanding of people management process’ to not only benefit myself but my organisation.

Throughout the learning process I have developed a greater understanding of how to value employees and what the effects on the organisation could be if they are not valued and natured throughout the employee lifecycle, along with understanding individual needs. I feel this greater understanding will be of huge benefit to my organisation and has allowed me to become more aware of the people working in the organisation.

I choose distant learning due to my current full-time role and the need to work around my existing hours. I found DPG's online platform to be easy to navigate and with a clear format. After speaking to numerous course providers, DPG's course advisers stood out as knowledgeable and highly professional on my initial enquires.

They had links to numerous resources and a plethora of templates to correctly format assessments. The course tutors and support staff were always on hand to offer advice and guidance and usually replied within a matter of hours via online communication.

I found the draft assessment marking option to be really useful to ensure my work was developing inline with the marking critique, clear guidance and advice was always offered on my submission to ensure I could score highly on my final assessment.

I would highly recommend DPG to anyone wishing to study, it’s been an enjoyable experience and the course will aid my path to promotion, I’ve already started looking at further courses to add to my personal development plan.


If you're like Trevor and looking to gain a professional qualification in order to increase your employability, speak to one of our expert advisers and enrol on a course today.