Our Talent Development Programmes 

One of PPMA’s core strengths is the time and investment we make in running a series of talent development programmes. These have been run successfully for a number of years and always receive positive feedback from those participating.

We believe ongoing development is so important for HR & OD professionals, therefore we offer programmes for professionals at all stages in their careers. We focus on early career with our Apprentice of the Year programme and One to Watch Programme, established careers with our HR Rising Star Programme and executive careers with our Peer into the Future.

The Apprentice, One to Watch and HR Rising Star programmes have been designed to test your personal qualities in a range of activities, whilst at the same time helping you to enhance your confidence and resilience.

The Peer into the Future programme reflects PPMA’s passionate desire to stretch and develop HR & OD professionals. Our organisations need
future oriented, forward- thinking professionals – those who can both think outside the box, and especially don’t see a box at all. In this way we see HR/OD people as business leaders whose expertise happens to be in workforce related matters and enables business to innovate and transform.

We hope that participating in these talent development programmes will encourage you to achieve more than you thought possible in your career.


Apprentice of the Year

Open to all Apprentices across public service organisations, working within the broad range of services provided (not just HR & OD), whatever your age.

This event is a two- day online programme and includes a master class in communication techniques on the first day and individual presentations. We provide additional guidance, support and coaching for the remainder of the event and will select the finalists at the end of day two. A final showcase event is held with a judging panel for those shortlisted with the winner being announced in this session.

We have two categories for Apprentice of the Year– one for apprentices who are early in the career undertaking level 2 and 3 qualifications, and one for those apprentices who are more experienced and undertaking level 4, 5 or degree qualifications.

.Apprentice of the Year

One to Watch

One to Watch is for applicants at the early stage of their HR & OD career.

HR Rising Star

HR Rising Star is for applicants who have had at least 5 years operating as an HR & OD professional and are now looking to take the step into a senior HR role at some point in the near future. 

HR Rising Star and One to Watch are run alongside each other and successful applicants are invited to take part in a two day assessment of individual and group activities and presentations at the University of Warwick. A master class in communication techniques will be held on the first day and we will provide you with additional guidance, support and coaching for the remainder of the programme. At the end of the two days, the winner for HR Rising Star and One to Watch will be announced.

.HR Rising Star

Peer into the Future

If you are a currently an HR & OD professional – operating strategically within your organisation or you are aspiring to operate at Director level in your next role, then this programme is for you.

Designed by PPMA and supported by experts in their fields, this modular, strategic programme is a combination of theory, leading practice and real-world practical inputs from senior leaders across private and public sector organisations. Sessions are held as a combination of virtual and face to face over a period of six months.

Peer into the Future provides you with an opportunity to take time out from day to day business to reflect on the key business and workforce issues of the day; and share, learn and develop with colleagues.

Participating will enable you to enhance your personal leadership and professional skills as well as extending your professional network.


All winners of the above programmes will be celebrated and awarded at our Annual Conference and will receive a trophy. The winners of our HR Rising Star and Peer into the Future will also be offered the opportunity to participate within the PPMA board.