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Monday 21 June

11:00
Conducting Right to Work Checks from 1 July 2021 [Places] 11:00 - 12:30 N/A - PPD Zoom (Internal Ref:Apprenticeship)


An overview, coupled with detailed guidance, on how to conduct Right to Work checks from 1 July under the new Home Office guidelines applicable from this date. This briefing will be run by Graeme Ross, Immigration and Compliance Manager for the HR Division, and will be held remotely via Zoom.

For those who cannot attend this session, please note that the session on 23 June will be recorded and details will follow after the session.

Tuesday 22 June

09:30
Leadership Essentials new (2 of 2) In progress 09:30 - 13:00 N/A - PPD Zoom (Internal Ref:Apprenticeship)


Leadership Essentials is a key programme suitable for those with responsibilities for others’ work, behaviour and development, which aims to help managers refresh and build their skills and experience in this area. As well as clarifying key responsibilities, it focuses on critical areas that some can find more difficult, such as giving and receiving feedback effectively and handling challenging conversations. The programme incorporates tutor input; opportunities for discussion, reflection and sharing of good practice with others with similar responsibilities. It also includes curated e-learning resources to support managers with their ongoing learning and development.

Participants are required to attend both half day sessions.

Before attending, please take some time to review the short Leadership Essentials: Management Responsibilities Films of other University colleagues talking about their role as a manager.

Wednesday 23 June

09:00
Professional Services Career Development Programme new [Places] 09:00 - 13:30 N/A - PPD Zoom (Internal Ref:Standard)

A three part programme to support career development and progression for Professional Services staff:

Part 1

This highly interactive virtual workshop will enable you to step back from the ‘day-to-day’ and focus on your career objectives, short and long term. You will have the opportunity to explore what development opportunities you could grasp and what networks might assist you. You will also have the opportunity to consider what’s holding you back and how you can overcome these barriers to fulfil your career aspirations. You will leave the workshop with a personal career plan in draft format, that you will be able to explore in greater depth during the second part of the programme.

Part 2

An hour-long one-to-one virtual career coaching session provided by a professional career coach from LHH, to take place on the 13th and 14th July 2021. The booking link will be circulated for participants at a later date.

Part 3

Access to an Online Career Development Tool designed to further support career development and progression. The tool enables you to assess your skills and behavioural attributes against the levels required for your current role, and for roles that you may wish to progress into in the future. It also identifies areas for professional development to support your career development. Guidance on accessing and using the tool will be sent to you at the end of the month in which you attend the workshop.

13:30
Conducting Right to Work Checks from 1 July 2021 [Places] 13:30 - 15:00 N/A - PPD Zoom (Internal Ref:Apprenticeship)


An overview, coupled with detailed guidance, on how to conduct Right to Work checks from 1 July under the new Home Office guidelines applicable from this date. This briefing will be run by Graeme Ross, Immigration and Compliance Manager for the HR Division, and will be held remotely via Zoom.

For those who cannot attend this session, please note that it will be recorded and details will follow after the session.

14:00
Apprenticeship Awards 2021 [Places] 14:00 - 15:00 N/A - PPD Zoom (Internal Ref:ATL)

The Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the success of those who have achieved their apprenticeships, recognising those apprentices who have made a real difference to their workplace and used an apprenticeship to boost their career. It will also recognise the individuals who champion and promote apprenticeships in their school/department and across the University.

Apprenticeship Awards in 2021 will be made for the following categories:

• Apprentice of the Year – Intermediate Level 2

• Apprentice of the Year – Advanced Level 3

• Apprentice of the Year – Higher or Degree Level 4 to Level 7

• Apprenticeship Champion

Wednesday 30 June

14:00
Managing a Hybrid Team new [Places] 14:00 - 15:15 N/A - online webinar

As staff transition from home working to a more flexible or hybrid model, many of the University’s managers will find themselves facing a range of novel leadership challenges.

With some team members working in the office and others remotely, maintaining inclusivity and a sense of shared identity, as well as equal access to information, relationships and opportunity, all become new priorities.

This intensive virtual course provides managers of hybrid teams at Cambridge University with a toolkit of practical techniques that will help them - and their teams - adapt and thrive in these fast-changing times.

Thursday 1 July

09:00
Welcome to New Staff [Places] 09:00 - 12:00 N/A - PPD Zoom (Internal Ref:Standard)


The University of Cambridge is committed to effective induction for all new members of staff. In addition to the welcome and induction you will receive in your institution, you are warmly invited to take part in the University’s two-stage induction.

The first stage comprises the University’s Induction Online programme. This web resource is a quick and easy way for you to learn all about what it is like to work here as well as understand your role and responsibilities. It provides key information to help you:

  • settle into your new role quickly
  • orientate yourself in your first few weeks at the University
  • integrate into the University
  • understand how the University works


The second stage is a Welcome to New Staff presentation event, hosted by Personal and Professional Development (PPD). The Welcome event aims to provide a broad introduction to all University staff, providing information about the University to enable you to get the most out of your time here. This event will be an online webinar. The event comprises:

  • A welcome and introduction to the University from a senior member of the University
  • A presentation providing an update on the University’s response to supporting staff during this pandemic, working from home, returning or continuing to work at the University
  • A presentation on the benefits of being part of the University of Cambridge
09:30
Leaders and Managers Network Meeting new [Places] 09:30 - 10:30 N/A - MS Teams


This is the first meeting for the new Network, working to support managers and leaders across the University, particularly at this time of change and increased challenges of supporting teams and colleagues, often remotely. It is open to all those who are professionally responsible for others in the workplace, formally and informally.

This first meeting will include a brief overview about the Network, its current aims and plans. Following that will be the chance for smaller groups of colleagues to speak about current priorities and challenges, and discuss suggestions for the development of the Network, supported by PPD.

Further information regarding the Learning and Development Network

11:00
Digital Apprenticeships Webinar new [Places] 11:00 - 12:00 N/A - MS Teams

An information webinar providing information on various Digital Apprenticeships available through Firebrand Training, one of our approved training providers. This webinar will provide information on Digital Apprenticeships including;

• Data Analyst Level 4
• Information Communication Technician Level 3
• Software Tester Level 4

The purpose of the webinar will be to provide you with an overview of Digital programmes available, and will give you the opportunity to ask any questions.

A link to the webinar will be sent with the joining instruction when your booking is confirmed.

Tuesday 6 July

14:00
Senior Leader Level 7 Apprenticeship Webinar new [Places] 14:00 - 15:30 N/A - MS Teams

An information webinar providing information on the offers available through two of our approved training providers, Cranfield University and Anglia Ruskin University. Both University’s will present their individual offers of the Senior Leader Level 7 programme with the option of additional elements including a PG Dip or MBA.

The Senior Leader Apprenticeship (SLA) course offers an exciting opportunity to develop and hone your leadership skills, make a real impact in the workplace, and support your future career aspirations. The course is ideal if you are new to a leadership or senior management role and applicable to a wide range of settings. You will have the option to study either a Postgraduate Diploma or MBA in Management and Leadership while you work, and achieve Senior Leader status.

The purpose of the webinar will be to provide you with an overview of all programme options available to you, and will give you the opportunity to ask any questions, enabling you to make an informed decision on your future career development.

The planned programme start date will be January 2022.

A link to the webinar will be sent with the joining instruction when your booking is confirmed.

Thursday 15 July

11:00
Returning Confidently new [Places] 11:00 - 12:00 N/A - online webinar

Some of us have been working at home since last March, others have been working full-time on-site since then with very reduced numbers of colleagues around, others have been doing a bit of both and some have been on furlough or flexi-furlough. At this point, national restrictions are easing and more changes to our ways of working lie ahead. How are you feeling about returning to the workplace? How are you feeling about other people returning?

Join this session to understand the scientific perspective about why these changes might be stressful, and identify the main sources of stress for you. Take some time to plan how you can manage these feelings and learn some techniques to help cope with the tough moments.

The session is followed by a three day Nudge Course. This is one technique per day to help attendees convert proven techniques into useful habits. Also, for 48 hours following the session, participants will have the opportunity to contact Joy, a mental health nurse with over 40 years’ experience to help signpost them onto a recognised next step. Further details will be provided on the day.

14:30
Neurodiversity in the Workplace new [Places] 14:30 - 15:45 N/A - online webinar

Are you a manager or HR professional wanting to understand more about autism in the workplace? Have you ever wondered about practical suggestions to create positive outcomes for employees with autism? Would you like to more knowledgeable about how to create an autism-friendly workplace? If so, then this webinar from The Spectrum Guru will help you to find out more information.

Wednesday 15 September

12:00
Apprenticeship Network Meeting [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 N/A - MS Teams

A network meeting for university staff interested in establishing an apprenticeship under the Apprenticeship Levy to share questions, experiences and advice.

Wednesday 17 November

10:00
Apprenticeship Network Meeting [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 N/A - MS Teams

A network meeting for university staff interested in establishing an apprenticeship under the Apprenticeship Levy to share questions, experiences and advice.