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Walking the Walk with our Graduates...From Students to HR Practitioners - HRMATT

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Eileen Knight, a Human Resources Management Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus has spent her entire career either working as a Human Resources (HR) Practitioner, HR Consultant or teaching the HR discipline. In order to accomplish this, she has worked in over five countries and across six industries. She has also served as Director on a
number of Canadian corporate and non-profit organizational Boards. As a trained Organization and Methods Analyst, Eileen has conducted many Organizational Studies and Operational
Audits during her career. She is presently focused on enhancing the practice of Strategic Human Resources Management in the Caribbean Region.

PRESENTATION SUMMARY – Walking the walk with our Graduates …from students to Human Resources Practitioners
“As the world changes, expectations for education also shift. The nature of schooling must follow suit. Research in the past 30 years has proven that the current model of schooling no
longer adequately meets the needs” (Willms et al, 2009) of employers, “In the past the measure of an “educated person” was largely based on what they knew; now, the value of learning
is measured by, what students are able to do with what they know” (Gilbert, 2007)
This presentation will discuss the impact of co-operative educational approach to teaching with the use of four piloted Human Resources Management (HRM) based programs offered
at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. “One of the most distinctive characteristics of co-operative learning and perhaps the reason for its success is the close relationship
between theory, research and practice” (D.W. Johnson, 2007), therefore the programs are geared towards bridging the gap between the theoretical concepts of HRM and its practical application in a corporate setting. During the discussion, the findings and benefits of the programs (to all stakeholders involved namely, UWI, the employers and the Students) will be highlighted and evaluated

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Walking the Walk with our Graduates...From Students to HR Practitioners - HRMATT

  1. 1. EILEEN M. J. KNIGHT HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference Hilton Trinidad & Conference Center Date
  2. 2. It is sometimes felt that the main element of gaining a University education is to: learn about theoretical concepts BUTBUT it should not be the only element required in the attainment of a university education and ultimately a professional career. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 2
  3. 3. University teaching provides the platform for: Developing one’s academic outlook and not necessarily any professional skill set or exposure to work related experience. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 3
  4. 4. The “production” of academically qualified but socially and practically inept graduates entering the corporate environment. Students seem to possess only theoretical knowledge of the discipline, a limitation that has: affected their practical understanding and application of the course contents. resulted in the production of course assignments that lacked depth and concrete knowledge. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 4
  5. 5. In today’s business environment: Students can no longer onlyonly offer a potential employer a degree: They need to also offer realistic work experience. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 5
  6. 6. Since Human Resource Management (HRM) is a diverse discipline with a heavy practical and psychological component, hands-on exposure is the best way to master its practice. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 6
  7. 7. Through the introduction of programs that serve to :  Enrich the learning experience of the students and assist them in the practical component of their tertiary level education. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 7
  8. 8. Through the introduction of programs that serve to (contd.):  prepare them for their contribution to the workplace by:  bridging the gap between the theoretical concepts of Human Resources Management discussed in class and its actual application in a corporate setting. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 8
  9. 9. COLLABORATIVE LEARNING Involves learners working together in small groups to develop their own answers through interaction and reaching consensus, not necessarily a known answer. INTELLECTUAL ENGAGEMENT A serious emotional and cognitive investment in learning, using higher-order thinking skills (such as analysis and evaluation) to increase understanding, solve complex problems or construct new knowledge. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 9
  10. 10. SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT A sense of belonging and participation in school life. BLOOMS TAXONOMY Delineates six categories of learning: Basic knowledge, Secondary comprehension Application Analysis Synthesis EvaluationHRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 10
  11. 11. BLENDED LEARNING Can refer to a mixture of a range of technologies or learning through the blending of a range of contexts. SITUATIONAL LEARNING In a significant way learning is a process of enculturation, and context - essential element of Situational Learning – Community of Practice. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 11
  12. 12. CO-OPERATIVE LEARNING Promotes higher levels of self-esteem Co-operative learning experiences promote healthier processes for deriving conclusions about one’s self-worth. Example – Co-op Programs HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 12
  13. 13. DEFINITIONS Americans The process of integrating academic studies through university teaching with practical real world exposure. (Koehler 1974; Knechel and Snowbal, 1987; Tackett et al., 2001). Europe and Asia The process of gaining academic knowledge with a component of work placement or work related learning . (Paisey &Paisey, 2010; Woodley et al., 2011). HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 13
  14. 14. DEFINITIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS REPORT The process of bridging the gap between students’ academic experience and the requirements of employers through formal work related internships. (Yafang and Gongyong, 2008). HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 14
  15. 15. USCEP University Student Career Enrichment Program Assignment of First Semester Final Year students to internship positions in the HRM Department of local companies 2 Years Year 1 17 companies 44 Students Companies Private - 12 Public/Government - 1 Statutory - 4 RMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 15
  16. 16. USCEP Year 2 67 companies 167 Students Companies Private - 34 Public/Government - 20 Statutory - 13 HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 16
  17. 17. USCEP Evaluation/Measurement Evaluation forms Positive Student-Employer relationships HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 17
  18. 18. SIP Summer Internship Program Assistance in helping to secure Summer Employment in HRM Departments for graduating Final year students. Year 1 3 companies 5 students Success rate 4 of the 5 students were offered permanent positions at the end of the summer. The student that was not offered a permanent position – secured one with another company less than 6 weeks after the end of the summer position.HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 18
  19. 19. SIP Summer Internship Program Secured positions with three Regional companies in two other Caribbean Island. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 19
  20. 20. HR Seminar Human Resource Management based Professional Seminar 2 Years Year 1 Half day Seminar 3 Presenters – HR Practitioners 1 Main Speaker 133 students attended HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 20
  21. 21. HR Seminar Human Resource Seminar Year 2 Full day Seminar 1 Main Speaker 6 Concurrent Sessions 7 Presenters (HR Practitioners) 181 students attended HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 21
  22. 22. USHRMA University Student Human Resource Management Association Second year in operation Part of the University Guild 50 members Agenda HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 22
  23. 23. Assignments - that serve to bridge the gap between the theoretical concepts of HRM discussed in class and its actual application in a corporate setting. Human Resources Management (HRM) USCEP Actual HRM Departmental comparison Human Resources Development (HRD) Needs Analysis Assessment Design and delivery of a 30 minutes training program Compensation Management Compensation Survey Design of a Total Compensation Package HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 23
  24. 24. THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES – ST. AUGUSTINE Improved reputation Improved student recruiting Smarter students New scholarships Other forms of funding Networking with the local community External curriculum assessment Practitioner input (partnership) HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 24
  25. 25. THE EMPLOYERS First choice of best students Best selection of future employees Better hiring decisions Exposure to new ideas Creating a network to Universities Fulfilling social responsibilities Receiving part-time help HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 25
  26. 26. THE STUDENTS Higher starting salaries Higher job satisfaction Job offers sooner More job offers Higher intrinsic success Development of communication skills Better career preparation HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 26
  27. 27. THE STUDENTS Improved job related skills Improved creative thinking Better job interviewing skills Better job networking Stronger resumes Money earned Academic credit earned HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 27
  28. 28. Partnerships have been formed with 70 local and three regional companies. Working partnerships have assisted in the placement of over 200 students in internship position in HRM Departments, an event which allows for the building of competencies and professional development (within the students). HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 28
  29. 29. The provision of facilitators for the HR Seminars which have now become annual events. Increase in the number of undergraduate students applying for Masters in Human Resources Management program upon graduation. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 29
  30. 30. Increase in the number of graduates from the undergraduate program entering the HR field as “Practitioner” immediately upon graduation. Placement of 8 students within a 8 months period in permanent HR positions in participating organisations. Increase in the number of organisations partnering with the UWI on the HR program and curricula initiatives. Attendance of HR Practitioners to student HRD training Seminar etc. The creation of a fifth program due to employer’s demand New program – SEA Student Employment Assistance. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 30
  31. 31. Data-base creation SIP offer from Regional Companies Student’s testimonials Return to: retrieve assignment seek assistant in developing programs etc. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 31
  32. 32. Things we can start doing/continue… going forward More Partnership Agreement Employment Assistance Counseling Assistance Developmental Assistance Accommodation of students trying to gain information to complete practical base assignments Assistance in the transformation from HRM to SHRMHRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 32
  33. 33. HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th , 2013 33
  34. 34. Questions & Answers EILEEN KNIGHT HRMATT’s 9th Biennial Conference – May 13th & 14th, 2013 34 PHONE 662-2002 EXTENTION 83298 (work) 768-4208 (cellular) EMAIL eileen.knight@sta.uwi.edu

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