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As we emerge from COVID19 restrictions, the world of work continues to evolve in a changing environment. Public sector HR professionals play a critical role in managing the challenges and opportunities that will arise as people return to the physical workplace. These include the right to disconnect, the right to request remote working (the Right to Request Remote Working Bill is expected to be enacted in 2022) and the development of hybrid working arrangements. The biggest challenge facing public sector organisations is talent management – the need to attract, develop and retain people in an inclusive way to deliver high quality public services.

Against this background, PAI’s accredited 3 day certificate in HR Management is designed to help people develop their knowledge and understanding of:

· best practice HR strategies, models and approaches

· the current and emerging HR policy and legal framework

· key HR activities – workforce planning, recruitment and selection, performance management, employee relations and wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion, learning and development

I have been delivering this 3 day programme since 2015, and feedback from the programme is consistently and highly positive. I am really looking forward to our forthcoming programme which starts on 7 March 2022.

Sile O’Donnell, FCIPD

March 2022


“A great oversight on a broad range of topics, Sile was excellent in explaining policies and procedures through the application to relatable examples” – Niall Scanlon, Charities Regulator

Who will benefit from this programme?

The intended audience is not just HR managers and staff of HR units. It is also orientated to officials who manage staff in the public sector and line managers who are expected to be able to deal with HR issues that arise in their areas. Anyone with personnel responsibilities, including line managers and corporate services, who would like to update their personnel/HR knowledge and skills and achieve a qualification in this area will also benefit. No previous training or special skills in human resources is required.

About our trainer:


Síle O’Donnell (FCIPD) is a HR Consultant and Associate Trainer with PAI. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in HRM, organisational behaviour and organisation development in Trinity College Dublin. Sile has 27 years’ experience in a range of HR roles in the public sector including over ten years at HR Director level. She provides HR consultancy and training to organisations across the public sector. Since 2014, Síle has delivered a wide range of HR and employee relations training programmes on behalf of PAI, including our popular accredited certificate in HR, dignity at work and equality training. She has completed numerous HR investigations for public sector organisations, and she also advises a number of public sector organisations on managing employee relations procedures and investigations. She has successfully represented clients in the WRC in relation to disputes under the industrial relations legislation. Her career profile can be viewed at

For a more detailed insight into the importance of managing HR investigations effectively, join us here at PAI for Managing HR Investigations – A Best Practice Approach.

Certificate details and booking here.