The Institute for Human Security and Social Change recently ran a four-day partnerships training program for thirty academic and professional La Trobe University staff from a variety of disciplines in conjunction with the Partnership Brokers Association (PBA). The intensive, face-to-face program is designed to deepen participants understanding of the process management role during a partnership cycle and to explore essential partnership brokering skills.
“I really enjoyed and learned a lot from the range of approaches to brokering partnerships, including those I found the most challenging,” said program attendee Dr Samantha Grover.
The program, delivered by Yeshe Smith, our Program and Partnerships Manager, builds knowledge, insight and expertise for those managing the partnering process from the earliest ‘scoping’ stage to the final ‘moving on’ phase, including the delivery of measurable benefits to all parties. Yeshe is accredited with the PBA as a partnership broker and practitioner trainer, and has successfully run this program in Australia and overseas.
“The overall design and structure of the course was excellent. Having highly skilled facilitators was fantastic as they each brought different knowledge approaches and life experiences about partnerships to the table,” added another participant Geraldine Marsh.
The Institute may run another training program at La Trobe in 2017, depending on demand. Yeshe also trains on open access and commissioned programs, and will be training next year in Fiji, Indonesia, and New Zealand.