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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent and alleviate poverty across Australia. BSL is the local partner of the community in delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Greater Melbourne. The NDIS was set up to support those with a permanent or significant disability. 

BSL approached Professional Workforce Solutions (PWS) to establish an extended leadership program. The intent was to increase the capabilities of staff working in leadership and management roles aligned with BSL's partnership with the National Disability Insurance Scheme. BSL wanted to partner with PWS to provide engaging learning across an extended program that provided exposure to contextualised learning, the application of new skills, and the accumulation of shared experiences via classroom-based delivery and peer-to-peer interaction. 

PWS designed a comprehensive program which consisted of four modules over four months, each comprising of complementary and logically sequenced topics delivered via classroom-based sessions. These modules were either 2 or 3 days in duration and were supported by both coaching interactions and workplace-based collaborative learning project activities. The final module for the Leadership Essentials cohort was delivered at Holmesglen's rural learning centre at Eildon.

Since March 2019, 120 BSL employees have completed PWS' extended leadership and management programs. Topics for the program came from PWS' three core offerings across the Business Foundations, Professional Essentials and Leadership suites. Topics in the program included Collaboration, Emotional Intelligence, Adaptive and Connected Leadership, Business Writing, Time Management, Presentation Skills, Resilience, Innovation, Managing and People Performance, and Working with Change. 

Participants indicated that the learning program was extremely effective in meeting their expectations. They found the format 91% very to extremely effective in meeting their expectations, and the contents were 93% very to extremely effective in achieving program goals. Participants advised that the overall program was insightful, allowed them to meet and share experiences with colleagues, develop resilience under challenging circumstances and learn new perspectives on leadership styles which they now can use to improve their working roles.

Key Learnings
  • Approaches to collaboration
  • Strategies for communication & Influence
  • Emotional Intelligence for self and team
  • Building resilience
  • Influencing stakeholders through presentations
  • Writing for different stakeholders
  • Coaching strategies
  • Methods to analyse financials
  • Key ideas for Innovation

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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