If you are contemplating how to make the best of a tough situation in the New Year, the Industry Leaders Fund (ILF) believes it has an answer for you.
You could join other South Australian businesses which have seen their strong leaders become even more successful by undertaking top ranking leadership courses with financial support from the Industry Leaders Fund. You can make the best of a tough situation by encouraging your Managing Director/CEO or top level leadership candidates to apply for a grant from the ILF to undertake a top ranking leadership course.
South Australia’s ILF is a fully private sector funded non-government body offering industry leaders an opportunity to apply for grants of up to $50,000 and join its exclusive 86 member Industry Leaders Fund Scholars Network.
Members of the Network include Shane Kelly, Managing Director of Kelly Engineering who received one of only three impact awards at the inaugural Impact Awards on 10 November 2015 and Ben Radford, Barossa Winemaker of the Year 2015. Other members include Anthony Kittel, Managing Director of Redarc and Jeremy Hawkes, Managing Director of Bowhill Engineering whose companies were recognised in 2014 as Telstra Australian Business of the Year, and Telstra South Australian Regional Business of the Year, respectively. The 86 member network includes Wayne Duffy (Dulwich Bakery), Ulli Spranz and Melanie Malig-Spranz (B.d. Paris Creek), Claire Wood (Careme Pastry), Claude Cicchiello (La Casa Del Formaggio), Joe Matto (Pak-Pot), Kris Lloyd (Woodside Cheese Wrights),Dr George Ujvary (Olga’s), Peter Cox (Gelista), David Hart (Dematec), and Andrew Downs (Sage Automation).
A survey of Scholars in January 2016 revealed that over 450 new permanent jobs had been created since they had completed their courses, at an average cost per grant dollar of $2,500. These jobs are generated because the upskilled business leader is growing their business profitably.
Applicants must work in businesses that are located in South Australia and employ South Australians in work that could otherwise be located interstate or overseas. The aim of the grant is to support individuals whose employment history or work within the community demonstrates their leadership potential. The ILF is particularly interested in those who wish to share the benefit of their talents, knowledge and achievements within their industry and the wider community.
Claude Cicchiello, Managing Director of La Casa Del Formaggio, attended module 1 of the Harvard Business School Owner President Manager Program in May 2015, supported by an ILF grant. He explained that the ILF had motivated him to attend the course despite his concerns about doing tertiary study in such a prestigious university after having not completed high school. “I went to Harvard without huge expectations and what I take from Harvard so far is nothing short of mind opening and life changing. I bring home so many takeaways which I am already applying in the business.” Claude is also gaining huge benefits from the opportunity to mix with members of the elite ILF Scholars Network at numerous functions through the year.
The 2016 call for applications closes on Tuesday 31 May 2016.