Students | Free learning

Free learning for students, 6-7 November 2019

Calling all students…
The CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition is an unparalleled development opportunity to grow your knowlege, be inspired and build your network with up to 5,000 fellow professionals from across the world.

Free learning highlights for students

We’ve done the tricky bit for you. With 70+ free learning sessions to choose from, we have created a programme specifically for students with sessions that suit your needs and interests. These free to attend sessions take place across three showcase arenas on the exhibition floor, covering a wide range of topics at the forefront of HR, L&D and OD.

To attend, all you need to do is register for your free exhibition pass. 


Please note: Sessions cannot be booked in advance. Please arrive early to guarantee a seat.

Visit the CIPD stand (D1) for free learning opportunities

Visit us on the CIPD stand for free learning each day. Meet the team and get top tips to support you in your role, quick-wins to take into your organisation and boost career progression with the latest people profession insights.


Wednesday 6 November 2019


The perfect recruitment journey – from value proposition to candidate selection

Understand how to create a great employer value proposition, best-practice considerations when recruiting from today’s complex workforce and how to use assessment insights and background checks for effective candidate selection.

Session sponsored and delivered by Sterling



Running successful HR technology projects

Attend this masterclass to learn the way and the why of a successful HR and Payroll Technology project step-by-step, and get a full toolkit of practical points and top tips to get results important to HR and the wider business.

Session delivered by Phase 3


How to become an employer of choice to attract top talent and reduce employee churn

This session will provide you with strategies to boost your EVP to attract and retain the best talent. From how to combine flexible benefits and increasing awareness to methods to overcome cost constraints to extend your employee pay and increase employee motivation.

Session delivered and arena sponsored by Reward Gateway

14:30- 15:00

Learning from sport – change lessons from high performance

What if working directly with British olympians, England rugby and premiership football teams could give us unique insight into high performance? If you are responsible for driving change, come and hear how we have translated change lessons from high performance sport into global business impact.

Session sponsored and delivered by Leading Edge


Ensuring smooth on-boarding through an engaging self-service experience

Learn how to deliver great candidate experiences and allow your employees to consume key information, familiarise themselves with colleagues and processes, and complete key tasks at the right time, all via an engaging and intuitive self-service experience.

Session delivered by Sage


How do we create healthy workplaces?

Employers are taking more responsibility for people’s well-being but need to grasp the main risks to health from organisational factors like lack of an inclusive culture, under investment in management capability, ineffective values and leadership – this will help them to take the right steps to boost health and well-being.

Session delivered by the CIPD

Thursday 7 November 2019


Using AI to overcome the skills challenge

Join this session to see how we’re applying AI and advanced analytics to reimagine how organisations source, train, utilise, develop, reskill, nurture, and retain talent to meet evolving business needs.

Session delivered by Workday


Self-directed learning – a key to empowering and resourcing people professionals

Join this session to hear the latest thinking in self-directed learning as a key approach for motivational learning. Often, learning is driven by the organisation however, learning that drives performance must take unique learner needs into account and provide a self-directed choice.

Session delivered by the CIPD


Beyond tomorrow – the future role of workplace well-being

The nature of workplace wellbeing is ever-changing. But what will a happy and healthy workforce look like in 2040? And how can you as employers stay ahead of the curve?

Session sponsored and delivered by AXA PPP Healthcare

AXA PPP Healthcare


Discover digital technology to develop an effective talent strategy

How can organisations service the demands of a candidate-led market that expect personalised experiences and instant answers? Learn practical steps and explore digital technology to build your talent strategy.

Session delivered by MHR


Creating training videos using internal teams

Short, animated videos can be highly effective for bite-size learning. The problem is cost and timescales. Now you can build them inhouse – join this session to find out how.

Session delivered by Amphigean

13:30 -14:00

How can people professionals build inclusive workplaces?

Inclusion is becoming a focus in organisational D&I strategy. This showcase will provide recommendations on the behaviours and practices that build workplace inclusion and explore how inclusion can be measured.

Session delivered by the CIPD


Identifying and tackling the skills gap

Attend this session to explore through research and case studies how successful organisations have identified and approached skills gaps, transformation challenges and talent management.

Session delivered by AICPA and CIMA


Gamifying your employee benefits and EVP

Gamification in HR has many benefits, especially for engaging team insights. Gamifying benefits can reveal what works for attraction, what makes colleagues stay, and where you can save costs.

Session delivered by 360 Resourcing Solutions

16:25 – 16:55

Cognitive diversity and how it can support well-being and engagement iniatives

Join this lively, thought-provoking and practical session to explore how the science of cognitive and behavioural diversity can help us rethink and evolve our approach to well-being and engagement.

Session delivered by Emergenetics

Interested in attending the conference?

Learn from an incredible line-up of 100+ inspirational speakers in the CIPD Annual Conference, where you will explore topics from increasing people engagement to exploring the best fit technology. Don’t forget, all CIPD students benefit from discounted rates.