MFNPO Offers Training Program for Human Resources Management

Format and fee designed to meet the needs of Manitoba’s non-profit sector

“Many smaller non-profit organizations struggle when it comes to human resources management and planning,” says Janice Goldsborough, a Certified Human Resources Professional with the Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations. “They often don’t have the resources in place to hire designated HR staff.”
MFNPO’s newest training program – Fundamentals of Human Resources – is designed to address the challenge by building the capacity of Executive Directors and other senior staff to manage HR issues with greater clarity and confidence. The program is based on materials originally produced by the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector, work that is now housed within Community Foundations of Canada[SS1]. The Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations and Community Foundations of Canada are collaborating as partners in this new initiative in Manitoba.

The program is divided into six modules, each a half-day long. The Winnipeg modules will be delivered between October 2016 and February 2017. Dates for the program in Brandon and Thompson will be announced in the coming weeks.

The whole course costs only $300 per person and the registration deadline for the Winnipeg program is September 23. Registration will be capped at 20 participants.

“We wanted to keep the class size small to optimize the learning experience,” says Goldsborough, who will be leading sessions along with Courtney Marchant, Program Manager and Facilitator of the Executive HR and Leadership HUB, MFNPO’s flagship training program. “Participants will have the opportunity to share real-life HR scenarios in a safe and confidential environment. Together, we can discuss solutions and options on issues having to do with wages, discipline, planning, and more. And because participants come exclusively from the non-profit sector, there will be a real sense of empathy and camaraderie in the room. We will create a high-energy environment grounded in information, and inspired by the needs of the specific participants.”

The modules address the following topics: recruitment; managing people and their work; healthy workplaces; training and development; HR planning; and employment legislation.

“In my experience working with non-profits, I have learned that organizations sometimes wrestle with employment law,” says Goldsborough. “Knowing what you can and cannot do allows managers to lead more effectively. We will help clarify the basics of the relevant legislation in Manitoba. And we will help people understand where to find the information they need on an ongoing basis.”

There will be assignments after each session, notes Goldsborough, and participants will be expected to contribute to discussions. “This is active learning,” she says. “We will be accepting participants based on their willingness to give fully of themselves for the benefit of everyone in the program.”

Click here for details about the Fundamentals of Human Resources program and for registration information.

Registration deadline is September 23, 2016. Only 20 spots are available.