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Business Development Support Officer

Statut : Annulé
Organisation : Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Acronyme : HITAL
Type : Établissement d'enseignement
Mandat : Humber strives for an open, respectful and welcoming educational environment that is responsive to the needs of students, faculty, staff, the community, the nation and the world. The institute proudly reflects the richness and diversity of the Canadian community: the many cultures, the economic backgrounds, the differing age groups and the many ideas that have solidified our democracy. Humber aims for high standards of teaching and learning and is dedicated to anticipating the changes around the world and responding to those changes in practical but innovative ways. Accelerating technological and business change presents a major challenge in keeping teachers and students up-to-date not only at Humber but across the globe. Responding to this challenge, Humber has assisted its international partners in developing strategies to maintain educational excellence. While engaging in these activities Humber has developed an international reputation as an institution that is serious about its responsibilities as a global citizen.
Adresse : The Business School, H215
3199 Lakeshore Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario,
M8V 1K8
FAX: (416) 252-7573
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : Jennifer Wilson
Courriel : jennifer.wilson@humber.ca
Pays : Zimbabwe
Ville : Gweru
Secteur : Entreprises et autres services
Description du stage : The Gweru Polytechnic/Humber partnership project in Small Business Development was a four year initiative designed to assist in the alleviation of poverty among out-of-school youth and other disadvantaged persons in Zimbabwe by increasing the capacity of the technical education system to provide the knowledge, skills and support necessary for self-employment and for the development of viable small businesses. The project culminated in the opening of the Gweru Business Support Centre (GBSC). Currently the centre is operated by a governing board of community representatives but is heavily subsidized by Gweru Polytechnic. The current challenge faced by the centre is to become sustainable through sound partnerships in the community and revenue generating activities.

In Canada
The Business Development Support Officer will assist GBSC staff with the coordination and marketing of short entrepreneurship training programs and other services offered through the Business Support Centre. The intern will also assist in developing partnerships with organizations in Gweru and its surrounding areas and the development of a website. The internship will contribute to the capacity of the GBSC in developing a sustainability plan.

During the two-week Pre-departure Preparation program in Canada, the Business Development Support Officer will:
- Participate in pre-departure preparation activities through the Centre for Intercultural Learning;
- Participate in Service Marketing, Career Training, Effective Community Awareness Methods, and Training Effectiveness sessions delivered at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning;
- Participate in an Introductory Shona language course;
- Prepare a detailed pre-departure report that gives an overview of the development challenges facing Zimbabwe as well as the political, environmental, and economic climate of the country;
- Prepare a preliminary work plan detailing tentative approaches and contingency plans for proposed internship activities;
- Outline a preliminary community awareness and dissemination plan to be implemented upon the intern's return to Canada that will include a minimum of three activities to be completed within three months of the overseas portion of the internship.

Upon return to Canada, the intern will participate in a one-week Re-entry Program. The intern will:
- Participate in debriefing sessions to reflect on personal and developmental learning's;
- Evaluate and revise the Community Awareness implementation plan as needed to include a timeline for completion;
- Participate in a networking forum within the development industry;
- Develop a career/job search plan and an effective resume with support from Humber's Career Services Centre.

Overseas
During the six-month overseas portion of the internship in Zimbabwe, the Business Development Support Officer will:
- Assist staff with the identification of suitable partners in order to grow programming offered through the centre;
- Work closely with staff to develop a marketing plan to target organizations who will benefit from GBSC training programs;
- Develop a website to be used as a marketing tool;
- Assist in costing of training programs when facilitated off-site;
- Identify possible funding sources both nationally and internationally available to the centre;
- Assist in the facilitation of entrepreneurship training workshops;
- Author a procedure manual outlining partnership development practices and an effective training proposal for off-site delivery of workshops.
- Review and revise curriculum to reflect changes in economic conditions in Zimbabwe as necessary;
- Provide support in the day-to-day coordination associated with the program activities.
Organisation d'accueil : Gweru Business Support Centre/Gweru Polytechnic Institute
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : Gweru Polytechnic was established in 1981, as Gweru Technical College to address the education needs of a new country. The Polytechnic provides technical training to students in the areas of auto mechanics, business, IT, and teacher training. Recently Gweru's mandate has grown to include the provision of relevant training opportunities to youth leaving school without the skills required for employment in either the formal or the informal sector, as well as to retrenched (laid-off) workers. Women form a significant proportion of this group.