Human resources professionals form association

The country’s human resources professionals, who joined forces in July under the umbrella group, the Human Resource Professionals of Antigua & Barbuda, are planning to formally launch in May.

Public Relations Officer J Arlene Martin said a small committee has been formed to develop a constitution to guide the operations of the Human Resources Professionals of Antigua & Barbuda.

“The association will seek to establish the requisite competencies, standards, and ethics for HR practitioners through training, development and certification,” she said, adding it will also encourage and support the use of best practices for workforce planning, development, monitoring and evaluation through the use of regional and international guidelines and trends.

“The Human Resources Professionals of Antigua & Barbuda will also conduct and publish research on national and regional HR issues, trends and practices and contribute to national initiatives designed for economic and social development through representation on various institutional bodies,” she noted.

The HR professionals first met in July 2009 and since then, the 33 human resource professionals who make up the association have been meeting on a monthly basis. The main goal of the group is to promote and advocate human resources as Antigua & Barbuda’s most valuable development asset.