Guidance for 5RST (LO1, 2, 3 & 4) Learners should provide written answers to each of the six questions of approximately 3900 words in total (divided appropriately across the questions). Learners should relate academic concepts, theories and professional practice to the way organisations operate, in a critical and informed way, and with reference to key texts, articles and other publications and by using organisational examples for illustration. All reference sources should be acknowledged correctly and a bibliography provided where appropriate (these should be excluded from the word count). Activity 1 AC 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4 Learners should assess current market trends both nationally and internationally focussing on economic, social and cultural issues. Major trends in talent activities can all be examples. Discussion can evolve around tight and loose labour market conditions. The influence of government legislation and trade unions can all be explored and their impact assessed. Finally, learners can assess how the organisation can position themselves to be the employer of choice in the future. Activity 2 AC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6 Learners should offer advice on the basis of the downsizing and support this process with a series of both organisational and employee succession and development plans, with an overall strategy being offered to assist employees who remain with the organisation. Recruitment and selection techniques and requirements should also be analysed in line with the future needs of the organisation, with detail being provided concerning job descriptions, person specifications and competency frameworks. Activity 3 AC 3.1, 3.2 Learners should review retention techniques and offer best practice and ways the organisation can engage employees in order to retain key talent. Learners should offer advice concerning employees who may wish to leave the organisation. Analysis for turnover should be presented and the associated issues, which ensue, should be explored such as costs and reputation. The strengths and weaknesses of various retention techniques should all be evaluated. Activity 4 AC 2.5, 4.1 Learners should be able to advise the organisation on the more difficult talent planning procedures. An equal consideration of retirement, redundancy and dismissals should be conducted. Learners should offer the organisation a strategy for dealing with these issues and provide a blueprint to conduct these activities in a fair and coherent approach which is consistent, accurate and in line with any current legislation. Supporting documentation and laws may be referenced. Overall, best practice will be provided by Learners concerning a number of different human resource talent planning activities.