Leadership courses

Leadership courses are for new and experienced managers and leaders looking to develop leadership skills within an existing co-operative. These courses are designed for busy working professionals who are looking to refresh their knowledge to ensure it is current and relevant to their role, and to build upon existing expertise and skills for the benefit of the co-operative.

Don’t forget you can apply for an educational bursary to cover 90% of the cost of these courses.

Leadership courses

Capital Partners Project – Running through to February 2021

The Capital Partners Project is an exchange of knowledge and experience between capital market experts and co-operatives and mutuals that are considering options for raising external capital.

The agenda of private online events will bring co-operative and mutual firms together with the leading Australian and International capital market experts to help Capital Partners to consider how best to raise capital to grow their business.

The course consists of a program of 15 webinars covering all aspects of raising capital in co-operatives. It is suited to farmers, fishers and foresters in co-operatives and other collaborative business models who need to learn more about the fundraising options available for their business. It has been developed by the BCCM in collaboration with industry partners, experts and the co-operative sector to respond to the capital issues emerging from the recent crises of the bushfires and droughts and the pandemic.

Eligible farmers, fishers and foresters can apply for a bursary for the full cost of attending the program of online learning and will gain access to an online repository of learning resources.

The course has commenced but all webinars are available on-demand to be taken in self-learning mode. Contact Miriel Hobbs for more information.

Mutual Value Measurement (MVM) Virtual Masterclass – Monash Business School

This Virtual Masterclass led by Dr Paul Thambar (Monash Business School) is designed to help CME executives and their teams to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the framework, as well as the necessary tools to implement the framework within their organisation.

Facilitated by the MVM research team, the virtual masterclass will run for around four hours (breaks will be included). Class content will include an overview of the framework, guidance on clarifying and establishing your mutual purpose, implementation planning and deep-dives into each of the six measurement dimensions. Each dimension will be unpacked, and suggestions will be provided for how each of its elements (objectives, activities, performance measures) could be developed.

This interactive masterclass will be an opportunity for CMEs to interact with the MVM research team and with peers. Pre-masterclass preparatory work will allow participants to get the most out of this class.

The Virtual Masterclass has been developed to provide organisations with two individual registrations per registration fee to encourage participation by multiple team members. The registration fee also includes a follow up one-on-one virtual meeting with a member of the MVM research team (if required) to help CMEs finalise their implementation plan. BCCM offers additional consultancy services to continue your MVM journey.

Express your interest to attend the next MVM Virtual Masterclass.

Foundations of Directorship Course for CMEs – Australian Institute of Company Directors – Online – 15 February - 3 March 2021

You are invited to participate in the Foundations of Directorship Course for CMEs, delivered online by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) in partnership with BCCM.

BCCM and the AICD have designed this course specifically for co-operative and mutual directors operating in Australia. The contextualised course covers the responsibilities for boards and directors operating within the CME sector. Over three days, participants will gain a foundational knowledge of their directorship duties and responsibilities with interactive workshop sessions covering board duties, meeting processes, finance, strategy and risk.

Sessions are facilitated by experienced directors and the program incorporates case studies tailored to the co-operative and mutual business model to help increase relevance for participants.

Participants will be eligible to receive the Foundations of Directorship Certificate upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment.

This course is open to any director or executive officer of BCCM Members or Clients.

Event details

When

  • Monday  15 February 2021: Governance for Directors
  • Monday 22 February 2021: Finance for Directors
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021: Strategy and Risk for Directors

Where

Virtually facilitated utilising Zoom technology.

Times

  • AEST: 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • ACST: 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • AWST: 8:00am – 3:30pm

Cost

This cost of this course with a bursary is $324 plus GST per registrant.

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The Co-operative Farming program offers a 90% bursary for this course. Find out more and apply for a bursary.

Places are strictly limited.

The Co-operatives and Mutuals Strategic Development Program (CMSDP) with Professor Tim Mazzarol – Perth – 10-12 March 2021

Offered through AIM WA UWA Business School Executive Education, this three day program has been designed by Winthrop Professor Tim Mazzarol following extensive research into the needs of co-operative and mutual organisations. 

The Program can be run in “bespoke” versions for co-operative and mutual enterprises (CMEs), including agricultural co-ops, to assist their boards and members to fully understand not only what a CME is and why it has a unique business model, but to examine how they can either build new co-ops that have the right foundations strategically rather than just compliant with legislation, or to innovate their existing business model. The emphasis is on applied strategic thinking and application of strategic management principles. The entire course has been developed from in-depth research at an international level, into the CME business model.

This course is assessed as Adept level and will require participants to have some knowledge and experience of the co-operative business model.

The Co-operative Farming program offers a 90% bursary for this course. Find out more and apply for a bursary. Subject to approval, you will receive an email from the Co-operative Farming program confirming your successful application and with a discount code that you should apply at the checkout, this will ensure your payment is reduced to 10% of the full cost (Cost with bursary: $286 incl. GST). Please note applications for bursaries need to be submitted no later than Monday 22 February 2021.

Online applications coming soon. Please complete this form on the BCCM website to express your interest in attending.

Dates: 10-12 March 2021

Location: Perth

Cost:

  • Standard Cost $2860 (inc GST)
  • Subsidised Cost $286 (inc GST)

Recommended for: For current or aspiring; board members, CEOs and their direct reports, and senior leaders who have, or will have, a strategic role in their business.

You can also contact Dr Steve Brown, Manager, AIM WA+UWA Business School Executive Education on 0413 802 702 or email sbrown@execed.com.au to discuss how the program could be customised for your CME.

The Co-operatives and Mutuals Strategic Development Program (CMSDP) with Professor Tim Mazzarol – Online – 4-20 May 2021

This online course delivered in an intensive format over three weeks focuses on what sets co-operative and mutual businesses apart from other business types, and provides critical insights into key strategic focus areas. This six module virtual program applies theory and industry best practice to the organisational realities of the participants. The program will focus on the sustainability, performance, and resilience of co-operative and mutual organisations.

Modules include:

  • Understanding the co-operative and mutual business models
  • Governance and leadership in member-owned businesses
  • Marketing the co-operative advantage
  • Financing co-operative and mutual businesses
  • Legislative structures and their impact on co-operative and mutual enterprises.

This is one of the leading CME Executive Training courses available in Australia. Delivered online by the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIM WA) and the University of Western Australia Business School. This program is facilitated by Professor Tim Mazzarol who is a world expert in the cooperative and mutual sector. Tim is a highly skilled and engaging facilitator.

As part of the Co-operative Farming project, BCCM is providing access to educational bursaries to cover 90% of the cost of this course for farmers, fishers and foresters who are interested in co-operatives, or currently engaged within a co-operative. Learn more about the bursary program.

Duration: Six virtual sessions, 2.5 hours per session

Dates: 4-20 May 2021, 5pm-7:30pm AEDT / 2pm-4:30pm AWST

  • Mod 1: May 4, 2-4.30pm (AWST)
  • Mod 2: May 6, 2-4.30pm (AWST)
  • Mod 3: May 11, 2-4.30pm (AWST)
  • Mod 4: May 13, 2-4.30pm (AWST)
  • Mod 5: May 18, 2-4.30pm (AWST)
  • Mod 6: May 20, 2-4.30pm (AWST)

Cost: 

  • Standard Cost: $990 (inc GST) for 15 hours of online learning 
  • Subsidised cost: $99 (inc GST) – 90% of the cost covered by the Co-operative Farming project.

Subsidised cost: $99 (inc GST) – 90% of the cost covered by the Co-operative Farming project.

Recommended for: For current or aspiring; board members, CEOs and their direct reports, and senior leaders who have, or will have, a strategic role in their business.

Apply: Online applications coming soon. Please complete this form on the BCCM website to express your interest in attending.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual Co-Operatives and Mutuals course, which was a great mix of presentation, independent learning and group discussion with other CME leaders. The course covered all of the essentials of successful CME management, and Tim provided several case studies and useful tools to help us apply the concepts to our own organisations. I would gladly recommend this course to any executive or senior manager, new or experienced, who are looking to refresh their thinking and expand their knowledge of CME’s.” November 2020. Michael May, General Manager, Shared Services; Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative.