Over 350 senior managers and executives met for a one day conference organized by the Foundation for Human Resources Development at San Gorg Corinthia Hotel in St. Julians. The theme of the conference was The Challenge, Our Journey, The Outcome which was addressed by leading foreign and local speakers including Brian Mayne who presented a strong case for positive thinking and how to use it for personal development and success. David Liddle spoke about mediation for dispute resolution at work and how this approach goes beyond resolving conflict but builds relationships. It was announced that David Liddle was collaborating with the FHRD to develop this concept in Malta while FHRD has already geared itself to provide this service to local industry. The Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD) was also represented by their capability manager Claire Bishop, who spoke extensively about the various career paths open for people managers and how they can grow their skills and gain accreditation for career advancement.
The conference which included a long string of workshops on varied topics including strategic HR where Joe Gerada spoke about the emerging role of HR managers as business managers while Vanessa Borg spoke about performance management in the public sector. On the other hand, Caesar Szwebs made a comparative analysis of flexicurity among some European countries, in a master class session organized by the Malta Business Bureau.
The other speakers focused on specific areas of people management from recruitment and measures to attract and retain employees to project management, people development and terminations of employment that are able to stand the legal test.
The conference which is an annual event in the calendar of FHRD has become a networking hub for managers who also share practical experiences at work. It also includes the HR & Training fair where exhibitors mainly from the IT, training and insurance sectors meet their clients and seek new business.
Commenting at the end of the conference, the CEO of the Foundation Joe Gerada said that this year’s conference was a great success and exceeded expectations. It has truly become the hub for people leaders not only for business contacts but to advance ones’ career, gain knowledge about learning opportunities and networking with overseas professional institutions. Mr Gerada said that FHRD cares about what people know and the mission of FHRD is to assist people nurture their talent and the Foundation is now providing a wide array of services to push in this direction.
The conference was opened by the Chairperson Annika Galea who said that 2012 was a very eventful year for FHRD because the Foundation continued to extend its portfolio of vocational accredited programmes through the Malta Qualification Council in leading HR topics while also signing an agency agreement with the University of Leicester School of Management to offer MBAs and other masters of science programmes including Finance and Marketing. She also announced that in spite that mediation at work and coaching services are relatively new, the Foundation has had a number of assignments in the last months. She also remarked that the tailor made programmes for industry have also proved very successful for the Foundation and its investment in these programmes propelled FHRD to become a major player in this sector. Finally she highlighted the need that the HR profession becomes a warranted profession in order to ensure standards and sustained performance in this critical area of management.
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