Ben­e­fit­ing busi­nesses

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Prime Min­is­ter John Key has opened the 2012 Prime Min­is­ter’s Busi­ness Schol­ar­ships and is call­ing for am­bi­tious ex­ec­u­tives look­ing to ex­pand their in­ter­na­tional ex­per­tise.

The schol­ar­ships are de­signed to build busi­ness ca­pa­bil­ity and de­velop skills, par­tic­u­larly in man­age­ment and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness lead­er­ship.

‘‘As part of grow­ing our econ­omy we need to de­velop bet­ter man­age­ment skills to get the best out of our work­force. Bet­ter man­agers mean more pro­duc­tive firms,’’ said Mr Key. ‘‘Get­ting ac­cess to the best knowl­edge from the world’s best schools can only ben­e­fit our se­nior ex­ec­u­tives and the com­pa­nies they re­turn to.’’

A 2012 re­cip­i­ent, Gre­gory Managh, used his schol­ar­ship to study at the Whar­ton School’s ad­vanced man­age­ment pro­gramme.

‘‘I had an ex­cel­lent ex­pe­ri­ence in my course at Whar­ton,’’ he said. ‘‘I learnt prac­ti­cal lessons and made ma­jor in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tions that I’ve brought back to my role. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for ex­ec­u­tives and their busi­nesses.’’

Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Steven Joyce said the schol­ar­ships would bring long- term ben­e­fits to New Zealand.

‘‘We are al­ready see­ing tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits as the schol­ars re­turn to their firms.’’

Mr Joyce said this would only in­crease as each new re­cip­i­ent com­pleted their cour­ses and re­turned to help their busi­nesses ex­pand.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to schol­ar­ships.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on July 31, 2012.

IRD Work­shops in Toko­roa this year Cost: Free In­tro­duc­tion to Busi­ness: 9.30am till 12pm GST Work­shops: 12.30pm till 3pm Dates: July 10, Septem­ber 11, Novem­ber 13 Venue: Community Link, 8-10 Tor­phin Crescent, Toko­roa Reg­is­ter: ad­vi­­ In­clude: name, contact tele­phone and busi­ness IRD num­ber

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