Human Resources & Recruitment

At the end of the day it's about people

Human Resources (HR) and Recruitment services fulfil a range of functions within organisations. One of their primary roles is to support the recruitment, management and development of staff. We work together with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to ensure the standards and qualifications for HR and Recruitment professionals reflect industry needs and are fit for purpose.


Two National Occupational Standards (NOS) suites have been developed to cover HR and Recruitment-related job functions.

Human Resources

The title of this suite reflects the current job titles of those who work in the sector. However, the standards are equally applicable to those who see themselves in a 'personnel' or 'people management' role. They cover a full range of HR functions from developing and implementing strategy, to designing and operating procedures.

Human Resources

Recruitment Practice

This suite covers the functions carried out by recruiters.



A range of both vocational and academic HR and recruitment qualifications are available within the UK and internationally, including some NVQs. Full details of available HR and Recruitment qualifications in England, NI and Wales can be found at the Register of Regulated Qualifications. For qualifications in Scotland please visit the SQA. QCF units can also be accessed on their respective websites.


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