By Rebecca Westaway
Updated 12 March 2022
Every year thousands of CIPD members volunteer to help the Institute champion better work and working lives. From organising local branch events to supporting job seekers transition from education to meaningful employment and governing the organisation, there are many ways CIPD members can make a positive difference for the benefit of people, organisations and society.
Volunteering with CIPD Manchester
Become a Branch Ambassador and raise your professional profile
If you aspire, one day, to join our committee, becoming a branch ambassador is your first step. Branch Ambassadors are volunteers who work alongside our committee, supporting our work and that of the CIPD throughout Greater Manchester.
Branch Ambassadors represent a diverse team at various stages in their professional journey; they provide insight and advice to committee members and contribute to strategic and creative projects. Branch Ambassadors also play an important role in assisting committee members in planning, organising, delivering, and facilitating our events and other branch activity streams.
Becoming a Branch Ambassador has many benefits. Not only does it provide you with an opportunity to promote good practice and actively contribute to shaping the profession (and our branch) it’s also a great way to raise your professional profile, grow your network and give back to the profession – as well as being part of a great team!
The more you put in, the more you get out!
We seek dynamic CIPD Members who are familiar with our work and eager to support our branch in various ways. Being an active member of our volunteer team will enable you to:
- Develop new skills
- Form new connections
- Work on strategic and creative branch projects
- Attend in-house development days
- Enjoy social gatherings
- Contribute to social media campaigns
- Blog about subjects that matter to you
Minimum requirements for becoming a Branch Ambassador:
- Current CIPD or CIPD Student Membership
- Resident in one of Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities
- Availability at lunchtimes and early evenings
- Ability to collaborate remotely (Zoom / MS Teams)
- Support both online and face to face events in central Manchester (early evenings from Q2-22)
Hear from some of our Ambassadors, past and present
How to apply
Branch Ambassador roles are highly sought-after but limited in number. If you’re interested in joining our team, meet the minimum requirements, can demonstrate CIPD values, and are highly motivated with availability (more often than not in the early evening), please complete our online expression of interest form. We’ll acknowledge receipt and add you to our waiting list. We’ll be in touch as soon as any vacancies open up.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Rebecca has been with CIPD Manchester Branch in a volunteer capacity for six years, joining as a Branch Ambassador. She was elected to the committee shortly afterwards and took the lead in organising events in and around Stockport. Rebecca then progressed to Employment Law Lead, organising the annual one-day flagship conference at Emirates Old Trafford and in 2021, Rebecca adapted the one-day conference to a series of online webinars. In July 2020, Rebecca took an additional role leading Branch Ambassador Engagement, working with a dedicated project team to transform and strengthen the programme.