Applications are now open for farmers, fishers and foresters to access the education and relevant training they need to understand more about co-operative and collaborative business models. Applications close by August 14.
Our educational bursaries are aimed specifically at encouraging learners from the farming, fishing and forestry community to extend their capabilities through study, regardless of their level of formal educational attainment. The bursaries offered provide two levels of financial support – 90% or 100% of the cost of the course is covered.
Bursaries worth up to $3,500 are available to eligible applicants. Apply now for great courses in Governance, Crisis Planning and Management.
Don’t miss out – registration for these courses is closing soon:
The Co-operative Learning Series with Ethical Fields – a series of three online courses commencing on August 17. These courses provide an ideal introduction to those within agricultural communities or new co-operatives who are interested in developing a foundational understanding of three key topic areas:
- Beyond Bushfires – reflecting the experience of co-ops and the role of co-op leaders in resilience and recovery, applying learning from bushfires to potential future disruptions
- Co-operative Advantage – will explore the factors that drive the competitive advantage of agricultural co-operatives through the lens of the producer value chain
- Protected Habitat – will outline the emerging opportunities in sustainable farming and how a co-operative can help maximise the value being created
The Mutual Value Measurement Virtual Masterclass (August 19) will provide a detailed overview of the framework and the six dimensions used to cover the unique areas of value that CMEs generate. Facilitated by Dr Paul Thambar and the Monash research team, delegates will learn to clarify and establish mutual purpose, and to work towards implementation planning.
The Co-operatives and Mutuals Strategic Development Program (Perth, August 24 – 26), held by AIM WA UWA Business School Executive Education, will focus on the sustainability, performance, and resilience of co-operative and mutual organisations.
Foundations of Directorship Course (September 9-11) designed specifically for co-operative and mutual directors. This online training is held in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
Who can apply?
Educational bursaries are offered to applicants from within agricultural communities who are either:
- working within a farming, fishing or forestry cooperative for a period of 12 months or more, or
- have worked within the farming, fishing or forestry industries for a period of 12 months or more and can demonstrate their interest in learning more about the co-operative business model.
Successful applicants will need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, meet criteria for educational financial support, comply with the terms and conditions, and for some courses may have to meet separate entry requirements for specific courses.