Education is at the core of the co-operative way of doing business. So much so, it is enshrined in the global co-operative principles. Education is a strategic priority of the BCCM – educating people and policy makers about the advantages of mutual ownership as well as advocating for our business structures to be given the same focus as any other business model in legal, accounting and commerce degree programs. A list of currently available courses and education groups are below.

The University of Newcastle – Masters/Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation

The Co-operative Management and Organisation programme at the University of Newcastle has been designed to offer extended education to co-operatives professionals enhancing career opportunities in this field. The programme will teach you fundamental management skills and knowledge from traditional disciplines as well as how such skill and knowledge can be adapted to suit co-operative, mutual, club and registered association business models. You will graduate from this programme with a comprehensive understanding of the history and roles of co-operative type organisations and sector specific management issues.

Further information can be found here.

Co-operative Research Group – The University of Sydney

The Co-operatives Research Group provides a forum for research into and teaching about all forms of mutual organisations, including; consumer, social, worker, finance, producer co-operatives and other membership based democratic organisations. The group aims to shape and inform public policy debate on the co-operative sector and the contribution it makes and has the potential to make to social and economic development.

Throughout the year, the group hosts seminars and events. Visit their website here.

The University of Western Australia – Executive Leadership Program: Co-operatives and Mutuals

The Executive Leadership Program for Co-operatives and Mutuals (ELP-CM) has been specifically designed to address the unique challenges faced by managers in co-operative and mutual enterprises (CMEs). Many aspects of the way co-operative and mutual enterprises are managed are similar to more conventional businesses. However, there are also many important differences. These relate to areas such as their governance, accounting procedures, distribution of share capital and voting rights, human resources, communications, marketing and strategic purpose.

The program has been designed by Winthrop Professor Tim Mazzarol and Dr Elena Limnios, recognised experts in the field, following extensive research into the needs of co-operative and mutual organisations. The program’s focus is on sustainability, performance, and resilience of co-operative and mutual organisations. The program applies theory and industry best practice to the organisational realities of the participants.

Read more here.

National Education and Training report

BCCM commissioned the University of Sydney to undertake a national audit of education and training needs for co-operatives and mutuals in Australia.