Training

NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM

Economic Development Australia (EDA) is delighted to announce details of the National Economic Development Education and Training Program. Delivery of the EDA Training Program will coincide with the relaunch of EDA’s Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD) Accreditation Program, which will deliver national recognition to new graduates and further training pathways for existing accredited practitioners.

“In light of the economic impact of the bushfire disaster, an extended drought and COVID-19, the role of economic development professionals has never been more important. The Board of EDA is committed to supporting the profession by building knowledge, skills and capacity, while raising the visibility and awareness of the sector,”

“This is a milestone for EDA and the economic development profession. Economic development professionals are delivering the jobs, growth and economic resilience agenda for communities across Australia. We are proud to be in a position to deliver a professional, capacity building training program for the sector, at such a critical time,” said EDA CEO, Jacqueline Brinkman.

Following extensive membership surveying, stakeholder engagement, an expression of interest and business planning process, SGS Economics and Planning has been engaged by EDA to develop the suite of modules and resources. Delivery of the program will commence in coming months through on-line platforms and face to face, as social distancing restrictions ease.

The EDA National Education and Training Program will feature two streams:
1. EDA Economic Development Professional Accreditation Stream
2. EDA Economic Development Elected Official and Community Leader Stream


EDA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION STREAM

This course is designed for economic development professionals and will deliver the core principles of best practice economic development. Experienced economic development professionals as well as new entrants to the sector will benefit from this program. Participants will learn how to boost city or regional competitiveness through; developing winning strategies and resilience, analysing economic data, attracting business, fostering collaboration and industry development and tracking and measuring economic outcomes.

The EDA Economic Development Professional Accreditation Stream will offer the following modules:

CORE MODULES
Module 1.1 – A national and global overview of best practice economic development principles
Defines and provides a synopsis of the economic development landscape in Australia and around the world. This module will present how public policy reflects economic development strategy and outcomes.

Module 1.2 – Strategic planning for economic development
Sets out the best practice principles for developing an economic development strategy. This module will examine the core elements of good strategic planning in a way that is directly relevant to local economic developers and their constantly changing environments. The module will promote a triple bottom line approach to economic development strategy and help professionals build plans which deliver on broader community outcomes; balancing economic growth with environmental impact. The module will also relate economic development strategy development to local and state government planning frameworks and state and federal industry policies.

Module 1.3 – Measuring and evaluating economic development
This module provides a practical framework for measuring and evaluating economic development activities and how to communicate economic development outcomes in the context of broader economic trends. In order to build or implement a strong economic development strategic plan, you must understand where the competitiveness lies; what makes your community tick? This module will strengthen knowledge in sourcing, analysing and distilling traditional and new economic data sets and help professionals put this knowledge to work.

Module 1.4 – Economic resilience and recovery
This module provides participants with the key principles of economic recovery to implement following a disaster, crisis or downturn. The module also builds knowledge for professionals responsible for building economic resilience within their communities.

ELECTIVE MODULES
Module 2.1 – Business development, retention and expansion
Provides participants with a practical toolkit for attracting business to a city / region to boost economic impact. The module also covers how to support and strengthen a region’s existing businesses.

Module 2.2 – Industry clusters to build competitiveness
This module will build knowledge regarding how clusters can increase regional innovation and competitiveness. This module will showcase how a cluster initiative can be established to unlock collaboration amongst companies, government and universities to produce tangible economic outcomes including job creation, export development and investment attraction.

Module 2.3 – Building partnerships and advocacy
Fostering collaboration, building partnerships and supporting networks is at the core of best practice economic development. This module provides key learnings into how to foster meaningful collaboration, how to stimulate co-opetition in any community and position a city or region more competitively. This module will include how economic development professionals can work together with complementary disciplines including town planning and regional development to realise shared outcomes.

Module 2.4 – Investment attraction and export development
This module will equip economic development professionals to understand the core principles of facilitating investment and how investment attraction should be at the core of every economic development strategy. This module will also explore ways to assist businesses develop export markets and will cover what legal and cultural implications should be considered when doing business with key international markets.

Module 2.5 – Industry development
Participants will learn how to identify which sectors within their community are competitive and how to design and implement winning interventions to increase economic output in targeted sectors. The module will also cover supply chain principles and how to identify gaps within targeted sectors.

ACEcD Accreditation

The EDA Economic Development Professional stream will provide a pathway for participants to achieve and retain accreditation as an Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD). For information regarding achieving or retaining accreditation click here.


EDA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ELECTED AND COMMUNITY LEADER STREAM

This course is designed to provide Local Government leaders with a deeper insight into the core principles of economic development in order to drive economic development strategies for their city or region.

The EDA Economic Development Elected Official and Community Leader Stream offers the following modules:

CORE MODULES
3.1- Understanding the economic landscape of your community
A stronger understanding of the community’s economic profile (strengths and weaknesses) will help civic leaders create a realistic vision for economic development. This module will provide insight into how to understand the community’s place in the broader regional economy. The course will also provide an understanding of how economic development can be measured and evaluated.

3.2 – Planning economic success for your community
How to drive, shape and support a community’s economic development vision and goals. Local elected officials can play a key role in building consensus for a vision and goals that provide clear direction for local economic development. The module will set out the best practice principles of an economic development strategy. The module will build knowledge regarding the triple bottom line approach to economic development and help leaders develop economic development plans which deliver on broader community outcomes; balancing economic growth with environmental impact.

3.3 – Leading recovery and building economic resilience for your community
This module provides participants with the key principles of economic recovery to implement following a disaster, crisis or downturn. The module also builds knowledge for professionals responsible for building economic resilience within their communities.

3.4 – Be a champion
Best practice economic development requires strong advocacy and civic champions. This module will equip participants with the knowledge to shape and support a best practice economic development strategy as well as the skills to foster partnerships and buy in which will guarantee success for your community. The module will cover the key communication tools in economic development and help you to support the teams in your organisation and your community by being a true champion for sustainable growth.

ACEcDC Accreditation
Participants completing all modules under the EDA Economic Development Elected and Community Leader Stream will receive acknowledgement as a certified an “EDA Economic Development Champion” (ACecDC).

Graduation / Recognition 
A graduation ceremony will be held for newly accredited ACEcD practitioners and certified ‘Champions’ during the National Economic Development Conference. In addition, all accredited practitioners and ‘Champions’ will be acknowledged on the EDA website.

EDA Training Experts
The EDA National Training and Education Program will be delivered by a team of experts across Australia who have completed the ‘EDA Program Delivery Training’. The application process to become an ‘EDA Training Expert’ will be announced soon.

Training Schedule and Pricing
The timetable and pricing structure will be announced in the coming weeks.