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Going West: building leadership capacity in Western Sydney

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A message from AIM Education & Training CEO, Dan Musson.

AIM has a proud history operating at the big end of town in all of Australia’s major cities, but we recognise that as the face of business changes in Australia, so will the learning and development requirements of Australia’s managers and leaders.

Our customer-focused approach to education and training has meant that we don’t stick to tired and established models for delivery. We’ve reflected this in our flexible modes of learning, underpinned by our state-of-the-art campuses right around Australia. For those people who prefer to study when it suits them, our online study options afford them this opportunity while people who prefer to learn in a classroom environment can still do so or they can choose from a mixture of the two options, depending on their schedule.

Following this approach, AIM’s move to Greater Western Sydney is a logical next step as we can no longer expect established and emerging managers to spend their valuable time and money travelling to Circular Quay for their vital training and development.

As the third largest economy in Australia, much has been made of the importance of Greater Western Sydney to Australia’s long term future. These 14 local government areas are now crucial for determining everything from elections to sporting premierships and the opportunities this area presents for Australia’s economy are currently limitless.

Forecasts suggest the GWS population will outnumber the rest of Sydney by 2026 and as a significantly younger population than the rest of Sydney, they are expected to play a vital role in the Australian economy of the future.

While 29.3% of GWS workers are currently employed as either a Manager or a Professional, this is well below the 39.5% of Sydney Metropolitan Area workers in similar roles. As businesses begin to shift their operations to Western Sydney, the need for skilled leaders and managers will be of great importance. More importantly, as the demand for skilled professionals and managers continues to grow, so will the need for quality training and education providers in the local area.

For more than 75 years, we’ve been innovating and adapting our training and education offers to build the capacity of Australian managers. With so many of Australia’s future leaders likely to be based in Greater Western Sydney, there has never been a better time for us to bring our industry-leading business education offerings to the area.

We are now able to delivery locally, right into Parramatta. We’re excited about the opportunity to engage with the business community in the wider area and to provide the same cutting-edge leadership education we are renowned for at all of our campuses. With more than 24 qualifications and over 80 short courses available, we have a breadth and depth of learning options that is unrivalled in business education.

That’s why we’re inviting aspiring professionals and established leaders from GWS to get in touch with us to find out how they can AIM high and learn local.

AIM will be opening the doors of its new campus in Parramatta for an Open House Expo to showcase some of AIM’s popular short course programs through some complimentary sessions on Wednesday August 26.

Places are strictly limited so those interested in coming along to the AIM Parramatta Expo on Wednesday 26 August can register for a place in these popular programs by booking here.