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Human resources managers develop and implement policies relating to the working practices of the organisation they are in. They hire employees and help them get training and development to advance their careers. They are instrumental in overseeing conditions of employment, contractual terms, pay negotiations and issues relating to equality and diversity.
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There are several routes to becoming a human resources manager. You can gain the qualifications you need
by doing a university or college course, or an apprenticeship. If you already have relevant experience you may be able to apply directly to an employer or train on the job.
You should explore these routes to become a human resources manager to find out which is the right one for you.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete a degree in business studies, business with languages, human resources management and business management or another relevant subject.
Afterwards, you may be able to get a job on a company’s HR graduate trainee scheme.
For an undergraduate degree, you’ll need:
You could complete a college course to become a human resources manager, such as a Level 3 Awards in Human Resource Essentials, a Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business Human Resources or a Level 3 Certificate in Human Resource Practices.
Alternatively, you could enrol on an administration course and then progress into a role as a human resources manager.
You’ll need a minimum of 2 - 3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a relevant college course.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.
You could complete an advanced apprenticeship in human resources support, or become an administrative apprentice and, once qualified, specialise to become a human resources manager.
You’ll need a minimum of 2 - 3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, to become an apprentice.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain experience as a human resources manager. You might start as a business administrator in a company’s HR department, and work your way up through training and promotion.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works in human resources. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a human resources manager include:
As a human resources officer you could be:
Bryony Mannion - Human resources administrator
"I like that my job is fast paced and forever changing as there is always something more to learn and/or adapt to role to."
The expected salary for a human resources manager varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
Check out the latest human resources manager vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
There are opportunities for progression and salary increases as you gain experience in human resources, particularly if you have a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
With experience, you could progress into senior management. You could also set up your own consultancy offering recruitment services or advice on policy planning.