By Meleasie Goviro – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The Business Coalition for Women, in collaboration with WINGS education, have been empowering prominent and aspiring business women through business leaders courses.
The coalition yesterday announced they are offering the third course of a successful Certificate Four (IV) in Leadership and Business Management Course this year.
The course is designed to enhance leadership qualities in women who work in a demanding work environment.
According to WINGS Education Executive Manager, Rachael Konaka, although the course is accredited to Melbourne based Graduate Business School, they’ve redesigned it to suit PNG’s work environment.
The course will be delivered in three blocks over the course of nine months with assessment based on the participants ability to meet 12 key compliancy standards set by the Graduate Business School.
It is designed in such a way that it balances theory and workplace application to encourage positive behavioural changes in participants.
Woman like Violet Aopi, who started off as a receptionist with NCS Holdings and is now the HR group manager, attested to the difference it has made to her approach in a male dominant work environment after she took the course.
“It (the course) was all about myself, having to identify myself, looking at my weaknesses and seeing how I could work towards improving them,” she said.
Others like Joyce Ikavape excelled in her career from being an Administration Supervisor with NCS Holdings as a result of her newfound confidence.
“It has given me the courage and the drive to move forward and I have achieved that. It pushed me up the next level, after taking the course I was promoted to NCS Holdings Assistant Project Manager NCSPNGDF Project and also the UPNG project, it has been very challenging,” Ikapave said.
The course, as put by Mitchell, does not discriminate because of past obstacles that may have limited educational qualifications.
Instead it offers the possibility of a recognised qualification to our women.
It is in fact also open to women merely aspiring to become leaders in their respective fields.