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ITC offers team management course for conservationists

Jersey Business School and the International Training Centre (ITC) of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust have teamed up to design a training course that aims to equip conservationists with the skills to manage their teams effectively.

Jamie Copsey, in charge of developing programmes at the ITC, said: "Conservation, just like business, is ultimately about people. The participants on our training programme are hand-picked to ensure we get the crème de la crème of the conservation world; people who are set to make a major difference to the protection of their own countries' endangered species."

He added: "Our aim is provide them with all the skills they need to do the task well. This includes not just excellence in conservation methods, field research and endangered species management, but also expertise in managing others and keeping the team motivated and focused.

"We've turned to the business world to help us in our training work, enlisting the experience of the Jersey Business School to put together a short course on managing morale in teams, adding a valuable set of skills to the conservation toolbox."

According to Chris Clark, head of the Department, it is very often not a lack of knowledge that holds back conservation but the inability to utilise effectively the material and human resources available to implement effective conservation action. Clark believes these human skills are vital and not part of the traditional scientific training that most conservation workers receive.

In the twenty five years since the ITC was set up to offer training courses, it has trained 1400 conservationists, from over 118 countries.

"It was Gerald Durrell's vision that people should be able to come here and get the training and knowledge they need, and then take their talents back to conservation projects around the world." said Jamie Copsey.

"Year on year, as expertise in every aspect of the work grows in sophistication, including in the management of projects and people, we're pleased to keep pace and see the quality of our trainees continue to set new standards."

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