HR Students Get to be Legal Eagles!
Each year, students from the College's Human Resources Management Intermediate Diploma take part in a mock tribunal in conjunction with Kidwells Solicitors. The tribunal is a much anticipated feature of the course and forms part of the Employment Law module. This year's tribunal was based on the scenario of race discrimination in the workplace and alleged loss of earnings.
Once again, the student's more than rose to the challenge and performed admirably after only one month of preparation, in a task that lawyers train for over 6 years to do. Rebecca Hardy, HR Director, and Cathy Rolls, Chartered Legal Executive, conducted advocacy sessions with the students at the College for the weeks leading up to the tribunal, advising on the procedure for bringing and defending an employment tribunal claim and a whistlestop guide to discrimination in the workplace and the applicable law. The teams considered the evidence contained in the joint tribunal bundle of documents, prepared for cross-examining and re-examining witnesses and providing oral submissions to the judge panel. After the students had concluded their cases, the judges retired to deliberate, before reaching their verdict.
“The standard of the students work has impressed the Kidwells team for six consecutive years now, and this year was no different,” commented Rebecca Hardy from Kidwells. “The selected advocates handled the difficult witnesses professionally whilst under pressure, tailoring their questions depending on the witnesses’ evidence, pressing for answers and discrediting evidence. Dealing with the witnesses really gave the students a feel for how a case can be won or lost on the witnesses, how to cope with hostile witnesses and how they, as HR Professionals, would come under the microscope should a dispute end up in tribunal…a definite eye opener.”
The Human Resources Management Intermediate Diploma is a Level 5 qualification, designed for aspiring and practising HR managers and graduates, it is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.