Free Courses for Council Members

Free Staff Training Online: Training takes a pivotal role in every organisation since it plays a key role in shaping up an employee to the standards of the company. The International Trade Council, in partnership with major universities and the World Bank, now offer various free online courses suitable for both yourself and your staff.

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Agriculture and the World We Live In

You will learn about the world’s population and the crucial role of agriculture in feeding the steadily increasing number of people. You will then see how climate and soils dictate the types of farms we see in different regions and countries.

You will then “drill down” and look at individual farms around the world. We will talk about how the farmers manage these farms, and why they do what they do. We will finish off with a look at the exciting new technologies that are transforming agriculture and the sustainability issues that farmers are dealing with in the 21st century.

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Becoming a Confident Trainer

Confidence as a trainer comes from the knowledge that you are well prepared in your topic and the resources you’ll use to present your information. Confidence, is also understanding that an effective trainer is someone who presents in a professional manner, is an effective communicator and has developed an awareness of the learning needs of their learner group.

In this course, we’d like to share with you our combined experience in the vocational education sector working with adult learners. Our focus will be on the more practical aspects of training and facilitation and we’d like to draw on some of the skills and knowledge we’ve gained through our respective training careers to offer you some practical techniques, approaches, hints and suggestions that you may be able to apply to your own training environment. Whether you’re an experienced trainer or just starting out, this course aims to develop the skills that you already have and help you become a more confident and accomplished vocational educator.

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Big Data for Better Performance

In a digital world, data has gone ‘big’ – ushering in the age of the zettabyte. This course shows you how big data equals business opportunity. Find out what ‘big data’ means and where it comes from – including ordinary transactions and social interactions. See how smart businesses use data to target their offerings and get ahead of market trends. Consider how marketing data can be based on false assumptions such as the ‘last click myth’.

Consider the promises and threats of big data for organisations and individuals, such as the capacity of data to track a customer along the pathway to purchase; and the issues of democracy and privacy that arise when data is collected and used.

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Diagnosing the Financial Health of a Business

This course shows how financial reports provide a wealth of information into the performance of a business, and how they can be used specifically to identify early warning signs of potential future problems.

We will see that a profitable business may not necessarily be performing well or taking the right steps to build for its future. Just as a doctor conducts a diagnosis of a patient and recommends a course of treatment, we will use simple and yet powerful tools to analyse a business and identify where and how things can be improved.

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Entrepreneurship and Family Business

The course is divided into 4 modules, ‘Who is an Entrepreneur’, ‘Managing the Entrepreneurial Process’, ‘Entrepreneurial Enterprises’ and ‘Family Business’. Each module is designed to explore and expand on key elements, assumptions and processes that are essential to the success of a business. Each module builds on the other, eventually painting an integrated picture of the commercial world, and highlighting the strategies that need to be applied to succeed in that world.

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Financial Literacy

You will be shown how to set your goals and how to achieve those goals using an established, working savings plan.

You will then learn the basic skills to get you started on building your wealth and then you will be shown the common mistakes people make with managing their money.

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Human Resources

During this course you can take a step by step journey into the core Human Resource functions of an organisation, through this you will develop a broad understanding of the key areas such as recruitment, training & development and performance management. The course has a consistent theme being technology and the significant impact it has on the way we manage people today.

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Introduction to Business in Asia

This course will give you some beginning ideas on how to understand and negotiate business in Asia. The emphasis is on the social and cultural aspects of business, such as leadership, management and personal relationships. We focus on China, Japan, Korea and some countries in South East Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

After completing this course, you should have some understanding of how to work with business managers in Asia, how to build business relationships in Asia, and how to understand and approach cultural differences that you may encounter.

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Innovation for Powerful Outcomes

Innovation involves transformative thinking and the genuine ability to cultivate and pick the lucrative fruits of our creative labour. In this course, you will develop an appreciation for a range of tools and concepts that can help make innovation happen.

This course will feature original content and fresh thinking. It contains a stimulating mix of creative experiments, intriguing innovation examples, practical tools and robust concepts. These will help you induce creativity, gain deep customer insights, and develop an appreciation for creating a compelling innovation strategy.

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Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power

Leadership; Identity, Influence and Power, examine the recent research in social psychology and business to provide you with the practical guidelines and actions that will help you develop and sustain your leadership.

To understand why leadership is so popular a topic we begin with a close examination of the “Romance of Leadership” – the myths of leadership and the tendency to misattribute organisational outcomes to great leadership. We’ll also look at the history and underpinnings of much leadership theorising to understand the ideas of power, authority and charisma.

In later modules we explore the dominant leadership theories and the need for a new approach to leadership. Under this new psychology of leadership – also known as the Social Identity theory of Leadership – we uncover 4 rules for leadership built upon an understanding of group psychological processes rather than the individual psychology of leaders.

We conclude with the key skills and practices of leadership – skills and practices that you can learn and perfect. To help you with this, you will work on your own leadership development plan.

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Management for a Competitive Edge

In Management for a Competitive Edge, you’ll learn about what makes a good manager, how to perform in different organisational environments and cultures, management tools and strategies you can use in your life and career, and the principles of leadership, teamwork, and communication. You’ll also build the knowledge you need to study more specialised areas of management.

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Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Whether you realise it or not, you negotiate and resolve conflict every day. This course introduces you to a way of thinking about Negotiation and Conflict Resolution that will give you renewed confidence.

This course provides you with an introduction to negotiation and conflict resolution from both an academic perspective and also from a practical or ‘skills’ based perspective. There are discussion boards which give you an opportunity to delve deeper into the issues with other people taking the course and also assessment items for you to undertake to help you recall key points along the way and to reinforce the learning. You will also receive some practical tips – negotiation ‘do’s and don’ts’, so you can continue to build on your skills in negotiation and conflict resolution after the course is complete.

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Principles of Project Management

If you’re looking to move into management, or want to gain some project management skills for your current role, this is the course for you. Learn to manage a project from start to finish, including popular standards and processes and how to manage stakeholders. Understand the role of a project manager and learn how to plan work and execute projects.

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Public Private Procurement

CPPP provides the learners with an opportunity to enhance domain knowledge benefit from peer review submissions and get a certificate on successful completion of the course. The course, a blend of e-learning, self-study and social learning is offered completely online. CPPP will have eight units in three main modules of:

  • Introduction to Procurement and Public procurement (including Management Concepts and Techniques)
  • Public Procurement Operations
  • Public Procurement and Good Governance.

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Strategic Management

Strategic management is one of the most important “hard skills” in business management. In Strategic Management, you’ll learn how you can manage businesses and projects proactively with a focus on long-term strategy, rather than reacting to day-to-day hiccups.

In this course, you’ll learn about the role of strategic management in running a business, the difference between defensive and aggressive business strategies, taking a strategic position and recommending a strong business strategy. You’ll also learn how to incorporate factors like competitor behaviour and market movements into your decision making.

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Overview

  • Courses are free for Council members.
  • No limit to the number of students per member.
  • Students can take more than one course at a time.
  • Course language is UK English so there may be very minor spelling and grammar differences between US English language.
  • Courses require approximately 2-4 hours study per week, but can vary depending on the student. All courses are 4 weeks in length (except Public Private Procurement which is 13 weeks).
  • Course videos are approximately 4-5 hours in total.

How Courses Work

  • Everything you need to complete the course, including videos, further readings, assessments, quizzes, transcripts and your classmates are accessed in a single, easy-to-use online classroom.
  • Within the classroom for each course, you can see a run-down of the topics covered in each of the four modules. All of the content will be available from the moment the course begins, with one assessment opening each week, for the four weeks.

Assessments

  • You need an overall grade average of at least 60{bfa08a400c7550404055ff04715e84c9172815d33c25eb3b84e230636ecdc007} to pass the course. Even if you miss an assessment, you’ll still pass the course if your average of the four assessments is 60{bfa08a400c7550404055ff04715e84c9172815d33c25eb3b84e230636ecdc007} or above.

Certificates of Achievement

  • If your average score for a course is at least 60{bfa08a400c7550404055ff04715e84c9172815d33c25eb3b84e230636ecdc007}, you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement once the course finishes.

Benefits of free online courses for your organisation

Providing your employees with free online training can improve business performance, profit and staff morale. Advantages to your business include:

  • Training your staff can result in better customer service, better work safety practices and productivity improvements.
  • Training increases efficiency in processes, resulting in financial gain.
  • You demonstrate to your workforce that you value them enough to invest in them, improving loyalty and staff retention. In turn, retention is a saving to you.
  • Providing free training is seen as a huge employee benefit, particularly when your organization is compared to others who do not offer this service.

Benefits of free online courses your employees

Training has many benefits for your staff:

  • They acquire new skills, increasing their contribution to the business and building their self-esteem
  • The training they do can take them into other positions within the organization – positions with better prospects and/or better pay
  • They’re upskilled to do new and different tasks, which keeps them motivated and fresh
  • Because they’re being trained on your time, they see that you value them enough to invest in them. A good organization is seen as one that retrains rather than churns.

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