Addressing Federal HR Skills Gaps.

Human resources has been identified as one of five mission-critical occupations in the government with skills gaps that must be closed immediately, and the Office of Personnel Management and Chief Human Capital Officers Council have set a goal of closing 50 percent of those skills gaps by 2013.

During a hearing on the future of the HR profession before the Senate federal workforce subcommittee, OPM Director John Berry stressed that efforts are well underway to fill critical gaps in human resources skills training.

He said HR specialists now have unprecedented access to training and career-development opportunities through Human Resources University, mentor programs and outreach with Federal Executive Boards and universities.

, Department of Veterans Affairs CHCO John Sepulveda and Anita Blair, Treasury CHCO, acknowledged that downsizing and the lack of training and development for HR over the years along with increased responsibilities to become strategic partners have taken their toll. But they also discussed the programs their departments have put in place to close the skills gaps.

“We are asking HR to do more than ever before,” Sepulveda said. “We are asking them to lead change, perform basic HR functions, be strategic partners, help ensure productive labor-management relationships, increase diversity and inclusion, and the list goes on and on.”

Blair said some of the “high return and low financial investment” programs her department is using to develop HR professionals include: Read the rest here at  Human Resources Executive Online.


Posted on June 14, 2012, in HR Management & Leadership.. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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