Since its inception, FHRD has built a strong, steady reputation as the natural home for human resources professionals in Malta through the various programmes and events organised by the Foundation. In particular, FHRD is the sole organiser of a wide selection of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses, the National HR Conference and Fair and the Malta People Awards. In 2000, the Foundation signed an exclusive agreement with the Centre for Labour Market Studies within the University of Leicester to offer its world-class, research-intensive HR programmes to local students. This unprecedented partnership has proved highly fruitful and successful, granting Maltese students the opportunity to immerse themselves into their chosen area of specialisation and become leading practitioners as a result. The stastistics faithfully concur: in the last decade, most of the HR professionals which graduated in the HR discipline were alumni of one of the study programmes of this centre. Another agreement, formalised in 2012, consolidated this upward trend, and introduced the School of Management’s courses to further eager cohorts.
In 2010, the Foundation launched its first HR vocational training programme accredited at MQF Level 4. The HR Competency Certificate, a completely homegrown course, offers a new opportunity for local individuals – who already boast experience in the workplace specific to HR – to follow a competency-driven programme strategically designed for the local environment. Since then, the number of accredited courses on FHRD’s résumé has expanded and presently includes MQF Level 5 awards, with Leadership and Train the Trainer to name but a few. Currently, FHRD offers bespoke training programmes as well as management consultancy services for its members and the industry at large.