Our vision for the Institute is for Collaborative Working to be recognised as a fundamental business discipline necessitating a structured methodology to underpin successful business relationships.
We have identified from our experience that many individuals exhibit the right approach - but hitherto there has been no method of formally recognising these individual qualities. We have therefore established an Institute Individual Membership Scheme which will be nationally recognised and which will identify and support throughout their careers (wherever they are employed) individuals who have demonstrated appropriate qualities.
The overall aim of the IMS is to promote the key principles of the Institute which is to encourage, support and facilitate collaborative working. To achieve this IMS will:
Given the projected needs for collaborative skills in the future - and the current variable approach within organisations - the prospect of a single focus for such skills means that this scheme will provide a valuable touch- point providing individuals with a recognisable addition to their personal capability portfolios whilst at the same time as the Institute progresses its broader aims.
The Membership scheme is based on the premise that ICW is the only current and credible formal body able to recognize the value of collaborative skills and is thus able independently to validate and endorse appropriate professional capabilities. It is our aim that the Membership, supported by ICW, develops relationship programmes with academia and there will be an option to link to Continual Professional Development Certification (CPD).
There are some companies and third party providers that already offer collaborative skills training and, as an inclusive organisation, the Institute will recognise and incorporate those which it feels meet the criteria and overall objectives of the Institute, while also providing its own development programmes and contributing to both industry and academic courses.
The Principles of membership of the Institute will be a factor in the evaluation of applications and the consideration for elevation through membership. These principles are based on those ideals and values which first established the Institute and are fundamental to maintaining its integrity and standing. It is expected that members will:
The Institute will use its best endeavours to:
The IMS is based on recognising various levels of membership reflecting current skills and experience.
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