Nicola Holmes

CIPD Learner Stories: Nicola Holmes

HR Manager

In Short

Since completing DPG’s CIPD Level 5 HR Management 100% online course, I have secured a HR Manager position with a new company. I really feel the Level 5 qualification was key to helping me secure this role.

Why did you choose DPG?

I had already completed the CIPD Level 3 HR programme through distance learning and wanted to complete my Level 5 HR Management Certificate in a similar way to broaden my HR knowledge. DPG’s virtual business centre was the deciding factor that led me to book with them. The business centre allows you to practice your learning in a virtual environment based on your current module which is a fantastic opportunity to apply your knowledge. I was concerned initially that the learning was completely online, however I quickly realised that this was a fantastic way to fit study around my job and family life. The webinars were always recorded, which gives the added benefit of being able to revisit the session, and I found this very helpful!

What were your goals of starting the programme?

My goals for the course were to be able to work more strategically and have a better understanding of how UK employment legislation is applied. I feel the course has provided me with not only a thorough HR understanding but has also enabled me to become more commercially aware. This has helped me enormously when presenting business cases to my senior colleagues.

How did the programme help your career and where are you now?

Since completing the CIPD Level 5 HR Management course, I have secured a HR Manager position with a new company, which allows me to become involved in more commercial areas and allows me to work on HR at a strategic level. I really feel the Level 5 qualification was key to helping me secure this role.

What would you say to anyone thinking of starting a programme with DPG?

My advice to anyone looking to study with DPG is do it! The tutors and facilitators are very supportive and will help you in any way they can to succeed. The course materials are all very easily accessible and the online learning is fun to work through. The online forums and support groups are also a fantastic source of information and provide an opportunity for learners to share ideas and thoughts which really helps too.

Learn more about studying CIPD with DPG

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

Our CIPD Level 5 course is ideal for you if you are:

  • An aspiring or existing HR Manager/Business Partner
  • Looking to further your knowledge of the People Profession
  • Looking for the next step in your career

The CIPD Associate Diploma provides valuable insights into key areas in people management including organisational performance, evidence-based practice, talent management and employment law, fostering a deep level of understanding and application.

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Cipd Hr Level 5