The Partnership 2002 Scholarship is aimed at assisting independent contractors and consultants develop a portfolio of transferable and up-to-date skills in the absence of a sponsoring employer.
It entitles the recipient to undertake an APESMA Management Education Program online short course which can be counted towards a Graduate Certificate of Management or an MBA, and demonstrates APESMA’s commitment to encouraging professionals to develop business skills alongside their technical skills.
A 2000 ACIRRT report authored jointly by Dr John Buchanan, Richard Hall and Tanya Bretherton called “It’s Not my Problem” looked at a range of issues surrounding self-managing work arrangements. It identified a trend toward the transfer of responsibility for training from employers back to individuals who are in non-standard work and called for institutional mechanisms to facilitate the development of skills and investment in training. The Partnership 2002 program aims to provide such a mechanism.
ACIRRT’s Deputy Director John Buchanan has enthusiastically endorsed the Scholarship. He said at the program’s recent launch: “I have been involved in researching the changing nature of work in society for over a decade, and more recently the impact of the growth of non-standard work on training and professional development. I fully support APESMA Connect’s Partnership 2002 initiative – the Scholarship program offers a flexible and relevant development opportunity for professionals involved in self-managing work arrangements. Connect members are fortunate to belong to a professional association which understands that professional development is a key issue for independent contractors and consultants, and is prepared to commit to investing in building on their foundation skills.
Dr. Stephen Schuck is a home based consultant from New South Wales who joined APESMA in 1982. His area of expertise is in new and alternative energy sources, specialising in Bioenergy. He began consulting in 1997 and has worked as a contractor since then. He has recently completed APESMA’s MBA and was keen to take up this opportunity to complete an online short course as he has a strong commitment to lifelong learning and keeping his skills up to date. He has chosen to undertake the Winning Bids short course.
On how he expected his business operation to benefit from doing the Winning Bids course, he said: “An essential part of the process of business planning and ensuring ongoing commercial viability is identifying and winning new business. This course is a chance to make sure the time I invest in putting forward proposals is put to best effect. As a home-based consultant with the advantage of agility and responsiveness, I need to ensure that my proposals emphasise these advantages in a well rounded context. Getting some expert advice on how to do this is time well spent. I appreciate Connect’s investment in my continuing professional development.”
Thank-you to all those who applied for the scholarship. As the Scholarship will be awarded annually, all Connect members are invited to apply for Partnership 2003.
Congratulations Dr. Schuck