HunterNet Future Leaders Program 2016

HunterNet’s objective is to better equip, mentor and support the future generations of Hunter business leaders. Our goal is to connect program participants with the best practitioners from within the Hunter Region and beyond and help them make a difference and we are achieving that goal.The HunterNet Future Leaders Program was initially launched in early 2015 and has proven to be a resounding success according to program participants and their host employers. Feedback from 2015 graduates is that the program has already enabled them to take the next step with their careers and personal growth.

The program structure is unique as participants receive coaching via a combination of academic and professional industry experts delivering interactive sessions on relevant topics. Leadership skills are then practically applied to solve a current real-world task relevant to the Hunter region as participants form part of a multidiscipline project team under the guidance of a team mentor.

The projects are judged by recognised leaders from local industry and government and the winners announced at the Future Leaders Gala Dinner in November. Last year’s winning team presented the NERD (National Engineering Research and Design) Centre concept and has attracted great interest from local businesses and the NSW Government.

“The program not only enables participants to make the transition into leadership roles but is also shaping the business future of the Hunter Region”, said HunterNet CEO Tony Cade.

“Young professionals need the professional network and leadership skills to step up to steer your business towards the next chapter of growth in increasingly changing markets. This is the opportunity for you to invest in in your future leaders so they create an even more prosperous future in the Hunter.”

“The program is ideal for any prospective organisation as an integral component of your succession planning. Further, the benefits for both employers and participants will endure well beyond program graduation”.

Read ‘Winners place faith in the Hunter”.Future Leaders Program winners 2015

Planning for the HunterNet Future Leaders Program 2016 is well underway for the April 2016 launch and applications are now open and will be accepted from members and non-members of HunterNet while vacancies exist. Registration fees for members are discounted and these applications will receive preference – see the attached flyer and registration form. For any further enquiries please contact Karl Putnis at HunterNet.

Karl Putnis, Project Director, HunterNet Co-operative Ltd

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