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In this Portfolio, you will be required to identify and analyse the current Talent Management System of a chosen organisation in the UK Insurance sector

Assessment Brief 2

Talent Management

1. Module Details

Module Name:

Talent Management

Module Code:




Credit Value


Module Leader:


Melissa Kerr

Academic Year


2. Assessment Structure

Item of Assessment



This assessment is worth 60% of the module grade

Word Limit

3,000 words

Submission Deadline


Acceptable Formats for Submission

Microsoft Word

Feedback and Provisional Grade1

Feedback and provisional grades will normally be due 20 working days after the submission deadline

Resubmission Date


3. Assessment 2 Details

3.1 Task

In this Portfolio, you will be required to identify and analyse the current Talent Management System of a chosen organisation in the UK Insurance sector. You need to  analyse  the  various HR functions and the strategies of the organisation while also considering the external factors that may be impacting upon its HR practices.

The choice of organisation should be discussed and confirmed with your tutor. The work needs to be justified with theoretical material and in-depth research is required.

This Portfolio consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: 1,500-word report
  • Part 2: 1,000-word report and a 5-minute podcast outlining your recommendations for your chosen organisation

Part 1. Report                                                                                                   (1,500 words)

Task 1. Identify the firm’s current talent management strategy

  • Describe and discuss the following information to identify the current talent management strategy:
  • Business Strategy and HR Strategy
  • Recruitment, including recruitment channels
  • Selection Methods
  • Performance Management – including appraisal system
  • Reward Management
  • Training and Development (including types of training courses and identifying the training provider)
  • Equality and Diversity Policy

Task 2. Gender Pay Gap Reporting

  • Analyse the Gender Pay Gap report statistics for your organization.
  • In this section, include a summary of the gender pay gap over the previous four years (in a table format)
  • Analyse the data highlighting any  trends, notable changes  and actions  that  the organisation has taken to reduce the gap

Task 3. Identification of environmental factors impacting the HRM practices

  • In this section, you should analyse the current external factors impacting their HR practices. For example, the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on an increase in remote/home working or new social distancing arrangements that are impacting work premises.

Part 2. Recommendations Report and Podcast

 A. Written Report

Write a written report of 1,000 words (maximum) providing your organisation with one recommendation based on ONE gap or shortcoming you identified from your previous analysis (Tasks 1-3)

  • Develop a recommendation that will help the organisation address this gap or shortcoming. This recommendation should include:
  • A rationale (i.e. explain what you believe they should be pursuing)
  • Brief description of the problem citing evidence from your previous analysis (Tasks 1-3)
  • Description of your solution based on current academic research and practice
  • Explanation of how your recommendation could be implemented

 B. Record a 5-minute audio  file  outlining  and  summarizing  your  recommendation  to  the organisation:

  • Briefly explain your recommendation including
  • A rational
  • Brief description of the shortcoming/gap
  • Description of your solution
  • Explanation for how this recommendation can be implemented
  • In your podcast, you should mention academic literature sources which helped you develop your recommendation.

Additional guidance

  • Part 1 and the written report in Part 2 should be presented in a report format with headings and sub-headings.
  • Follow the structure of the assignment tasks in your report.
  • Graphs and tables are accepted.
  • Please place any documents, policies or similar in the appendix.
  • Please submit the assignment in MS Word format.
  • Please ensure all sources are cited throughout your report. Use Harvard Referencing system
  • Padlets and other materials will be used in completing this assignment. PDF’s of your Padlet pages are to be included in the appendix of your portfolio
  • The Podcast can be submitted as an audio file. You are encouraged to be creative for example you can use music. Remember you are wanting to engage your listener.
  • Further details including suggested websites and resources will be on Canvas ‘Module Materials AB2 Portfolio

Weighting of the tasks

  • Response to Part 1 Task 1 is worth 30% of the overall grade for AS2.
  • Response to Part 1 Task 2 is worth 15% of the overall grade for AS2.
  • Response to Part 1 Task 3 is worth 15 % of the overall grade for AS2.
  • Response to Part 2 is worth 30 % (20% Written Report and 10% Podcast) of the overall grade for AS2.
  • Academic Conventions (i.e. structure, layout, clarity of the response) is worth 10% of the overall grade

3.2 Submission requirements

You must submit your assignment by using the Turnitin gateway in the module’s Canvas site.

Please Note: When you submit you will be asked to confirm you have referred to the Submission Checklist (see Appendix 1) and the act of submitting your work electronically will be taken as an acceptance of the Declaration of Authorship (see Appendix 2).

4. Learning Outcomes for the assessment

This item of assessment covers the following learning outcomes. For the full list of learning outcomes for the module, please refer to the Module Study Guide.

  • Understand and evaluate the main drivers, enablers, and barriers which are encountered in the development and implementation of successful talent management in organisations.
  • Identify and evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of performance objectives at team and individual level.
  • Identify and analyse established performance improvement cycles, to enable advice and guidance to be provided to teams and individuals who are operating within one or more improvement cycles.
  • Evaluate an organisation’s disciplinary and grievance procedures, and explain how the application of such procedures can have a positive impact on individual and team performance.
  • Compare and contrast the different methods by which individual and team performance can be monitored and assessed against objectives, and
  • Explain the purpose of providing valid and realistic feedback to individuals and teams, and analyse and evaluate how this can impact on performance.
  • Evaluate talent management policies and practices for differing contexts or industries.
  • Design policies and solutions applicable to differing contexts and industries.

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