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  • Professor Peter Little oversees QUT's corporate education programs which includes such industry giants as Arrow Energy,Boeing Defence Australia and Royal Dutch Shell among its clients.

Business embraces tailor-made corporate education

26 July 2012

In fast-paced and competitive workplaces tailor-made corporate education programs can give businesses the competitive edge, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Corporate Programs and Partnerships Professor Peter Little says.

Professor Little oversees QUT's corporate education programs which includes such industry giants as Arrow Energy, Boeing Defence Australia and Royal Dutch Shell among its clients.

He said corporate education programs enabled companies to have programs designed specifically to suit their needs.

"It's not a one-size-fits-all market," he said. "It's about analysing and objectively looking at a company's education needs and then tailoring a program accordingly.

"Companies investing in their workforce's education are doing so to achieve clearly identified outcomes. Their investment gears them towards better operational performance immediately as well as to growth."

Professor Little said QUT was well-positioned to provide education programs for businesses across a vast range of industries.

"Often companies need programs that are inter-disciplinary in nature. We are able to build into our corporate education programs, diverse knowledge and thinking techniques such as from engineering, business and creative industries," he said.

"Our client base is varied from those working in the new coal seam gas industry such as Arrow Energy to government bodies or companies undergoing transformation such as APN News and Media."

He said Arrow Energy was experiencing massive growth, increasing its workforce from 200 to 1200 within two years.

"To ensure the company's management teams could take on the challenges of this dynamic energy industry, QUT developed a custom-designed program for 80 of the company's top managers.

"Our emphasis was on a program that promoted a unified corporate culture of excellence and enhanced their leaders' ability to reason, make decision and inspire others."

Professor Little said today's employers were after shorter, sharper education programs targeted to the needs of their business at that particular time.

"Programs are not just about an individual acquiring knowledge, but more specifically about how that knowledge can be applied to an individual workplace," he said.

"Companies face challenges that are particular to their industry, to their age and maturity, and QUT's programs are designed to help businesses address and overcome these issues and put them in good stead for the future."

For information on QUT's corporate education programs visit www.bit.ly/CorpEd or phone 3138 1057.

Media contact: Rose Trapnell, QUT media team leader, 07 3138 2361 or 0407 585 901 rose.trapnell@qut.edu.au