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Executive coaching networking breakfast

Does executive coaching provide a return on investment?

Maree McPherson Executive Coaching
Local coach and mentor Maree McPherson will talk about executive coaching and return on investment at a networking breakfast in Warragul on 14 September

Executive coaching has become the approach of choice in management development and as such has established itself as a standard in some industries.

There are significant benefits to organisations from coaching.  Does executive coaching provide a return on investment?  Can we measure it in financial terms, or are we foolish to even try?

Find out at the next Baw Baw Business & Community Network Events breakfast to be held at the Warragul Reception & Conference Centre on Thursday, 14 September 2017, supported by Federation Training and Telstra.

Guest speaker Maree McPherson is a coach, mentor, facilitator, and writer and works with corporate organisations, not-for-profits and individuals.  In her leadership development practice, Maree helps people aspire beyond what they think they are capable of.

With over 30 years’ experience, Ms McPherson is an experienced not for profit, government and community leader, and small business owner.  She is a creator of strong relationships across multiple stakeholder groups and a proven effective broker of partnerships, including as a CEO and in the public and for purpose (not for profit) domains.

Because she is passionate about community leadership, Ms McPherson chaired the advisory committee for the Gippsland Community Leadership Program for several years. Her fundamental belief in the power of education to change lives led Ms McPherson to become a member of the Victorian Adult, Community and Further Education Board for over five years.

Her commitment to developing regional Victoria saw Ms McPherson appointed by the Victorian Government to Chair the Gippsland Regional Partnerships committee for a four-year term from August 2016, and she is also member of the Victorian Government’s Regional Development Advisory Committee.

The networking breakfast is $35 for a hot plated breakfast and will be held from 7.00am to 9.00am on Thursday, 14 September.  Pre-event registration is essential with registrations due 6 September.

For more information and registration visit www.trybooking.com and search for Maree McPherson, or contact Kirstyn Krausz on kirstyn@gippslandem.com.au, phone 0413 187 576 or visit Gippsland Community Network Events Facebook page.

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Networking the skills for trade

Entering with the right tools for trade

A Toyota in a box, chicken satays and a big sandpit were some of the things used to deliver a convincing narrative on the merits of investment and mentoring young people through the West Gippsland Trade Training Alliance.

Baw Baw Skills Centre
WBG members learning how trainee plumbers and electricians practice their skills.

Project Manager, Rod Dunlop opened the WBG networking evening and explained that Baw Baw Skills Centre was one of three training facilities including Food4Thought based at Drouin Secondary College and Community College Gippsland.

Five hundred and fifty trainees from nine West Gippsland secondary schools have access to trade programs including hospitality, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, agriculture and horticulture. This year, 14 students started a new Federation University Bachelor of Arts course through the Alliance.

The evening unfolded and showed the passion and commitment of trades teachers, industry mentors and local businesses behind $12 million invested into technology and training facilities via government.

Most young people use ‘on-the-go’ technologies 24/7 and they have been clearly embraced as tools for training and communication. Examples were a transportable and online linked Toyota Prius in a box, a 3D printer laboratory (opening soon), and interactive solar house showing the control effects of different energy sources. Other ‘techy’ tools included GoPro cameras, iPads, video conferencing and mobile phones.

Toyota Prius in a box at Baw Baw Skills Centre
Trainees can hook into the ‘Toyota Prius in a box’ online to test how different driving actions or fuel sources relate to the engine’s efficiency.

A sandpit for plumbing and electrical, house frames, and half dismantled cars visually highlighted that hands on building, and knowing how to identify and fix problems still feature as important practice in training. BBSC also benefits from its collaboration with Warragul Mitsubishi who bring in cars for trainees to look at.

Hospitality trainees led by Food4Thought’s Kevin Thorpe treated WBG members to a show case of culinary treats throughout the evening along with the abovementioned chicken satays!BBSC Catering

As the evening closed, Rod Dunlop thanked WBG members and said that WGTTA were keen to develop more partnerships, and see the training and conferencing facilities being used by other sections of the community.