The key challenge
The organisation has an incredibly broad and varied remit for growth, quality and advocacy in integrated education. This, together with limited resources, means that its fourth strategic objective - of running an effective organisation - is fundamental to its achievement of all the others. It has responded to this challenge by adopting a model of:
In support of this model NICIE sought to appoint by competitive tender an HR partner with the breadth of expertise and flexibility to provide a fully comprehensive service on demand.
It was also vital for the HR partner to have sufficient sector experience to appreciate what the organisation was seeking to achieve, and to advise not just NICIE itself, but also the schools it represents.
As a Public Body, it was also essential for NICIE to work with an organisation with the relevant knowledge and experience to ensure that NICIE met not only its core statutory obligations, but also the additional obligations placed upon it by virtue of its Public Body status.
NICIE has successfully outsourced its HR function, accessing the combined expertise of our team, without a fixed budgetary commitment, for maximum cost effectiveness.
As well as working with NICIE itself and becoming a trusted HR partner we have assisted and successfully resolved a broad range of HR issues at individual schools, relying not just on our HR expertise but also on our education sector experience.
We were the first external HR advisor appointed to NICIE. Following the completion of the original contract, it was decided to re-tender for a further period using the same model, validating the approach NICIE had taken. We were thrilled to be re-appointed through a second competitive tender, ensuring that NICIE continues to receive high quality value for money HR support in line with its strategic aims.
" Headstogether provide NICIE with the professional reassurance that we need to ensure all our HR decisions are well thought through. The consultants are very accessible and courteous and really take the time to understand how things work here. They gently challenge us to ensure compliance with policy and legislation. "