Achieving People Development Partner status

Every year, around the world, we build the best HR, L&D and OD teams. We do this with hundreds of organisations, of all sizes and sectors. Recent examples include the NHS, United Nations, Standard Chartered, Petroleum Development Oman and Petronas.

To achieve our People Development Partner status (PDP) your organisation will need to demonstrate a commitment to continuously invest and build the capability and credibility of your people function.

Benefits of being a PDP

  • Gain external and internal recognition for your organisation’s commitment – enabling your organisation to attract and retain the best employees.
  • Your organisation becomes better equipped to achieve strategic goals from increased capability to a more professional people function.
  • PDP creates a clear differentiator with your competition and gives you the ability to benchmark your people capability against similar organisations.

PDP criteria

We expect organisations to demonstrate their commitment against 5 criteria in a way that is proportionate to their size and means.

  1. Recognising the CIPD Profession Map as the international standard in the people profession
  2. Promoting and investing in professionalism for people professionals with CIPD
  3. Providing entry points to the people profession
  4. Promoting and investing in CPD for people professionals
  5. Collaborating with CIPD to promote and support the people profession

Get in touch with us today to
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Meet our People Development Partners


Find out how the global energy solutions company has used the Profession Map to design a new HR competency framework and to foster a culture of continuous learning for their people function.  

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Department for Work
& Pensions

Discover how the DWP recently achieved People Development Partner status.

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Department for Energy Security and
Net Zero

Find out how the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero's commitment to developing its workforce and investing in its people function led to it being awarded PDP status.

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Defence Equipment &
Support (DE&S)

Discover how the DE&S used our profession map to meet the international standard aligned with PDP accreditation.

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Air Force

Discover how the Royal Air Force became our first military PDP.

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Natwest Group

Learn how our partnership has produced change within their HR teams.

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Neath Port Talbot County
Borough Council

Discover the council empowered their workforce in becoming a PDP.

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Home Office

Find out how the Home Office achieved its PDP status using our People Impact tool.

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Achieving PDP status showed a clear commitment by Peabody to developing people professionals in the organisation.

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Department for Digital, Culture, Media
& Sport

Discover how becoming a PDP helped DCMS achieve its wider business objectives.

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Network Rail

Find out how achieving PDP status enabled the organisation to strengthen its people capability and deliver its business strategy.

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Discover how becoming a PDP partner enabled the company to turbo-charge their HR function's journey of professionalisation.

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People Group

Government People Group is the overarching people function encompassing all civil servants working in HR and L&D across all government departments, agencies and other public bodies. Find out how being a PDP enabled them to lead the way in professionalising their people professionals.

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of Defence

Learn how the MOD achieved its PDP status and further strengthened their people function.

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HM Revenue
& Customs

HMRC became our first public sector PDP, following years of work to professionalise its HR function.

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Discover how Tesco became a Proessional Development Partner.

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