Applications are now open for people passionate about making a contribution who would like to develop their leadership skills and learn more about advancing themselves as Gippsland’s next generation of community and business leaders. The Gippsland Community Leadership Program has put the call out for people who live or work in Gippsland to become a part of the 2018 program.

Proudly auspice through the Committee for Gippsland, GCLP is now in its twenty-second year.  Having been established in 1996 it’s produced over 550 leaders, including councillors and mayors from across Gippsland as well as Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie, and former Victoria Police Commissioner Ken Lay.

GCLP Program Director, Jenny Hammett said the Gippsland Community Leadership Program is on the look-out for people with the passion and commitment required to develop our region and play a role in creating its future.

“GCLP is a unique opportunity to increase understanding, of the knowledge and skills required to be an effective leader, in great learning environments all over Gippsland.  The program provides participants with the prospect of experiencing learning from a diversity of people actively involved in leadership.  The participants also benefit from engagement with a network of more than 550 people who have graduated since it began in 1996.” said Ms Hammett.

The Program takes in around 26 participants each year, and runs from February to November incorporating day, residential and online sessions.   Locations as different from farms and factories, to power stations and prisons, assist the participants to enhance their knowledge of Gippsland and the challenges and opportunities for the region.

“GCLP is  an inspiring year-long journey for participants that assist them to better understand themselves and others and develop as collaborative and effective leaders,” said Ms Hammett.

Local Latrobe Valley participant for 2017 Fiona Assender said the Program has been excellent at further developing her leadership and opening her eyes to the challenges and tremendous opportunities across the Gippsland region.

“With the input from the presenters, the alumni and the participants themselves, the GCLP experience is confronting, unexpected, supportive, exhaustive, inspiring and aspirational – the most honest leadership development experience anyone could seek.

“The GCLP program is more than a qualification or certification and the level of integrity and profundity it offers is second to none and I cannot recommend it highly enough,” Ms Assender said.

Employers around the region also see significant benefits in encouraging employees from their organisation each year to apply, noting a development in their leadership and communication skills, and a better understanding of Gippsland’s history, community and industry sectors. There are several scholarship positions available for 2018.

The Gippsland Community Leadership Program is managed by the Committee for Gippsland. For more information or to apply for the Program please email or phone 5623 3219.