The Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners (IHRMP) held its 2017 Annual General Meeting in Accra today, with a renewed commitment by the Institute to advancing the practice of human resource management.
The Meeting, which was attended by members from across the country, had the theme, “Talent management- a necessity for competitive advantage.”
The theme was part of efforts by the Institute to encourage its members to lead in promoting effective talent management for the advancement of organisations.
The report of the outgoing President, Mr. John Wilson, painted a picture of a bright future for the Institute and the HR practice in general, citing a number of initiatives and projects such as the pending submission of the HR Bill to cabinet, the introduction of the HR Charter, introduction of HR competency training programmes, and the construction of the outer structure of the HR Complex, as key pillars for the progress of the profession.
According to him, from December 2016, the Institute continued the implementation of its Growth Plan under the four thematic areas of Expansion, Visibility, Capability and Culture, and made some significant achievements.
Explaining the condition of the drafted HR Bill, which is aimed at streamlining HR management practice in Ghana, he said the bill had to be resubmitted to the Education Ministry because of the change in government.
“The Bill is now being worked on by the new Minister of Education and his team, and we are hoping that it will be submitted to the Attorney-General’s office for review and eventually forwarded to Cabinet,” he said.
Regarding the HR Charter status, Mr Wilson noted that “we will continue to vigorously pursue our lobbying an engagement with government and its relevant agencies to come to an appreciable conclusion on the charter status.”
On professional capacity building programmes, he said as part of the Continuing Professional Education (CPE), three new programmes on Grooming & Business Etiquette, ADR and HR Matrix have been introduced to address the training needs of the practitioners.
In addition, he said in pursuit of raising HR competency levels in Ghana, the Institute has started running the Professional Certification Programme (PCP) in Tema and Takoradi, as well as at the Tamale Technical University and Cape Coast Technical University, adding that discussions are ongoing with the University of Cape Coast to run the programme.
Touching on the construction of the HR Complex, the outgoing President reported that the Institute has secured the building permit from La Dadekotopon District Assembly, and that work on the outer structure of the complex would soon begin after the contractor has been appointed.
The IHRMP, he said continues to expand adding that, “the association membership increased from 383 to 508, while our full membership increased from 875 to 1,200.”
The number of Certified HR Practitioners also increased from 35 to 45, he said.
Mr Wilson thanked all the members and staff for the support he enjoyed in leading the Institute.
“I am ever grateful for the support I enjoyed from all of you. May we continue to stand steadfastly behind the new leadership of the Institute to make it even greater in the coming years,” he said.
By: Nii Adotey/adrdaily.com