Strong engagement in upskilling by co-ops welcomed as ICOS UCC Diploma in Corporate Direction (Food Business) kicks off

Directors from co-ops including Aurivo, Bandon, Centenary Thurles, Dairygold, Drinagh, Glanbia, Kerry, Lisavaird and Lakeland Dairies have commenced the Diploma in Corporate Direction provided by UCC and ICOS Skillnet, the Continuing Professional Development and training arm of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society.

The Diploma programme runs every two years for co-operative board members and senior management and is designed to address the upskilling needs of co-operative board members and senior management in a rapidly changing agri-business environment.

Martin Keane, President of ICOS welcomed the strong participation in the Diploma programme by participating co-op directors. “The key aim of the programme is to improve the leadership capabilities of directors and senior management in positively influencing the strategic direction and corporate governance of food companies in Ireland,” he said.

Participants will build on existing skills and develop new management capabilities in a highly interactive learning environment stimulated by academics and industry professionals.

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ICOS/UCC Graduation – Friday, 18th December 2016
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Over the past two years, over 3,000 co-operative staff have attended training courses offered by ICOS Skillnet, across 80 different programmes.

ICOS (the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society) represents co-operatives and organisations in Ireland – including the Irish dairy processing co-operatives and livestock marts – whose associated businesses have a combined turnover in the region of €13 billion, with some 150,000 individual members, employing 12,000 people in Ireland, and a further 24,000 people Internationally.