Engage and Inspire the Human Resources Professional to drive excellence and innovation, and to make a difference in the Community

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  • 18 Feb 2021 1:48 PM | Heather Ballinger (Administrator)

    SHRM is launching an HR apprenticeship program this year.  Beginning in 2021, through a three-year Department of Labor grant, SHRM Foundation’s Human Resource Registered Apprenticeship Program (HR RAP) will help you:

    • Prepare Employees for Challenges of the 21st Century Workplace
    • Create Opportunities for a Diverse Workforce
    • Provide Talent to Create Returns to Your Business Operations

    Powered by SHRM’s globally recognized competency-based certification program, the HR RAP will develop apprentices for the HR Specialist role through a “learn and earn" experience. Apprentices will be prepared to earn the SHRM-Certified Professional credential, giving them the skills they need to deliver results to your organization and an opportunity to progress in an established career path. The benefits to employers include: 

    IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY, CUSTOMIZED TRAINING, INCREASED RETENTION, and a DIVERSIFIED TALENT POOL.

    With the HR RAP, you offer an apprentice: 

    • A Paid Job
    • Mentorship
    • On-the-Job Learning
    • Classroom Learning
    • The SHRM-CP Credential

    Apprenticeships are a career path to many white-collar professions NOT just unions and the trades.  Apprenticeship works for any program that is skill-based and can be supported by experiential learning.  Apprenticeships are growing in non-trade industries such as IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, insurance, and hospitality.  The resources spent are an investment in an employee which will result in higher productivity and lower recruitment costs, NOT just an expense.  Employers can reduce costs by partnering with other employers and the public works system.  Educational institutions and community organizations can offset education and training costs.  There is no minimum size for employers. This is NOT just a program for large employers.  Apprenticeship is ideal for any position that benefits from on-the-job learning and where there is a committed mentor.  It’s useful for positions where employers are faced with high turnover.

    The SHRM Foundation will be your partner and provide resources needed to establish a registered apprenticeship program including:

    • Providing a SHRM-designed, Department of Labor registered program to give an apprentice the skills and competencies required to be an HR Specialist
    • Guidance on how to tailor the course work and on-the-job learning to meet your needs
    • Recommended educational institutions to provide the classroom learning
    • Resources for assuring apprenticeship success
    • Assistance in completing all required paperwork

    Would your organization be interested in participating?  Sign up to obtain more information at SHRM Foundation | HR Apprenticeship Program (bottom of page).  


  • 08 Feb 2021 8:34 AM | Heather Ballinger (Administrator)

    The February issue of the HR Professional Magazine is now available under the "Members Only" tab.  

    Not a member of BGSHRM?  Join today to get access to member exclusive resources.

  • 01 Feb 2021 4:00 PM | Heather Ballinger (Administrator)

    Title: Background Screening: The Deep Dive into Criminal Records

    When: February 11th @ 2:00-3:30pm EST

    Presenter: Debra Keller

    Session Overview

    Do you know what information you're really receiving when you run a background check?  Do you depend on a screening firm who tells you 'your're getting it all' (whatever 'all' is)?

    Most employers are somewhat familiar with 'running packages' but haven't been told exactly what records and data sources those 'packages' or reports are updated.  Unfortunately for employers, this information is critical to receiving a "comprehensive" and compliant background check.

    In this, Deb's newest installment in her background screening educational series, she covers criminal record data, where it comes from, how accurate it really is, how often it's updates, automation in county and national reports, state reports (when & where to run them), Federal reports (yes, they're required for the banking industry!) and much more!  A must attend session for HR Professionals of all levels!

    To learn more and/or to register, click here.

    This session is approved for 1.5 SHRM credits & 1.5 HRCI continuing education credits.





  • 28 Dec 2020 9:15 AM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)


    Team Empower is a special group of passionate individuals who are dedicated to helping empower HR professionals to build inclusive organizations. Established in 2017, Team Empower is the SHRM Foundation's most accessible giving circle. Your annual donation of $30 or more will automatically add you to the team. Click the button below to make your immediate impact today.


    What is the SHRM Foundation?

    The SHRM Foundation is the charity affiliate of SHRM, dedicated to empowering HR professionals to build inclusive organizations where employees thrive and organizations achieve success.The mission of the SHRM Foundation is to champion workforce and workplace transformation by providing research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing current and potential employees, scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals to make change happen, and opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities.

    The SHRM Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships each year to HR professionals and students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, certification, and professional development. The SHRM Foundation also develops research-based workplace inclusion solutions for HR professionals, with recent initiatives focused on the aging workforce and the hiring and retention of military veterans.

    Why should I donate?

    As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the work of the SHRM Foundation is made possible by generous donations from HR professionals and the support of SHRM.

    With more than 500 SHRM Chapters, the Top 25 fundraising Chapters represent the top five percent of all SHRM chapters. Those in the top 25 have the highest yearly contributions, including gifts from the chapter plus recognition credits donated by individuals or companies on behalf of the chapter. Last year, the Bluegrass SHRM Chapter was ranked #2 out of ALL CHAPTERS!!! So now we need your help to break the top 10 and remain one of the Top 25 Fundraising Chapters!! 




  • 25 Nov 2020 10:59 AM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)


    BGSHRM is proud to announce the
    2nd Annual BGSHRM SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Scholarship Program for our BGSHRM Membership! Don't miss your chance to apply! The application deadline is December 11th.

    Click here to learn more and apply!

    Contact Certification Chair Heather Humphreys at certification@bgshrm.org with any questions!


  • 24 Nov 2020 11:53 AM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)

    We have several new patterns to offer for The Mask Project including new UK masks with one that is a lightweight flannel and then an array of fun, seasonal patterns and colors.

    This is a great gift idea!

    After making your size selection(s) and entering your shipping information, please indicate your pattern choice(s) and corresponding size(s) in the 'comments' section of the order.  Please view the product photos for specifications.

    Masks are priced at $10 each, with $2 postage per total order and will be shipped within 7 calendar days.

    For more information, please contact foundation@bgshrm.org.

    Click Here To Order

  • 09 Nov 2020 3:58 PM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)

    LAST CALL!!!

    Don't miss your chance to participate in our annual silent auction (first time virtual!!). We have great items up for bid and also a purse raffle! 100% of the proceeds benefit the SHRM Foundation!

    Link to silent auction: https://BGSHRM.givesmart.com

    Link to raffle: https://e.givesmart.com/events/i3Z/i/_Auction/c5Eo/
    (
    your odds are pretty good right now!)

    Link to no bid items (will become buy now after auction)https://e.givesmart.com/s/:6-40AOFkNHS/e/i3Z/i/_No%20Bids/

    Link to donate directly to the SHRM Foundation: https://e.givesmart.com/s/:6-40AOFkNHS/e/i3Z/i/_Donate/

  • 03 Nov 2020 3:45 PM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)

    Bluegrass SHRM is hosting a virtual silent auction, for the first time! Register to view items and bid (note: not all items are listed but all will show and be available for bids starting FRIDAY November 6th, 2020!)


    Here are the details:

    • The auction is hosted by GiveSmart. 
    • It has been activated and is available for preview!
    • Click on the provided link, register for the event, and view some of the items (only some are in preview mode, the rest will appear on FRIDAY!!!) -- https://BGSHRM.givesmart.com 


    There are 3 ways to bid: 

    By Smartphone

    Click the link in your registration text.  It will take you to a personal bidding page.  Click on an item and place a bid, it’s that simple.

     By Text

    Text the 3-digit item number and amount to the welcome message you receive, (i.e. 101 500), no dollar signs or decimals are needed.

    By Computer

    Click on an item and place a bid.



    Please don't hesitate to reach out should you have any questions between now and the event.  You do not have to attend the in-person event to place a bid although we most-certainly encourage attendance.

    We can't wait to see you there!

  • 28 Oct 2020 2:29 PM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)

    As a National SHRM member:

    SHRM is the world’s largest association for human resource professionals, representing more than 300,000 members across all industries in more than 165 countries. During a time of significant misinformation, SHRM continues to be a trusted and reliable ally, providing comprehensive resources, best practices and federal, state and local compliance information essential to our success.

    Additionally, a SHRM membership will help you bring fresh ideas and approaches to your organization, while also furthering your professional development.  This membership gives you immediate access to thousands of resources. 

    Join/Renew your SHRM Membership today with PROMO CODE: DigitalHR


  • 28 Oct 2020 10:25 AM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)

    It's that time of year again!

    Now that our 2021 Board of Directors has been selected, we would like to begin strategizing as soon as possible to ensure your BGSHRM membership remains very valuable to you.  We are requesting your feedback by participating in our annual Member Survey.  We encourage any/all suggestions, especially thinking outside of the box!

    We need your help in setting ourselves apart as the premier SHRM chapter in the state of Kentucky with the ability to provide an exceptional membership experience.

    NOTE: Must be a member to be eligible to win gift card.


    Click Here For Annual Membership Survey!


    Gift Card Donated By:


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