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 December 2020

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.

Foundations of Directorship Course for CMEs – Australian Institute of Company Directors

This course has been designed specifically for co-operatives and mutuals to help contextualise the responsibilities for boards and directors operating within the 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 mutuals industry to help increase relevance for participants.

Suitable for:

  • New and aspiring co-op and mutual directors
  • CME directors seeking a refresher course
  • Company secretaries, CEOs, CFOs and other executives seeking insights into working with directors.

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

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is seeking expressions of interest from CME Directors and Executive Staff to undertake the new AICD Foundations of Directorship Course designed specifically for co-operative and mutual directors in Australia to run in 2020, subject to sufficient interest. Express your interest in attending.

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.

The Co-operatives and Mutuals Strategic Development Program (CMSDP) with Professor Tim Mazzarol – Online – 13-29 October 2020

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.

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 course will be delivered online by the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIM WA) and the University of Western Australia Business School, Executive Education.

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. If you are eligible for a bursary, this reduces the cost to you from $880 to $88 (GST inclusive). Learn more about the bursary program and access the application form.

Duration: Six virtual sessions, 2.5 hours per session

Dates: 13 October – 29 October 2020, 5pm-7:30pm AEDT

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.

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