Education Solutions CIC is a part of The Community Empowerment Co-operative Consortium

Co-operative  Education Solutions

Co-operative Education Solutions CIC. Registered in England:

Registered Office: 90, Locksway Road, Southsea PO4 8JP

Community Empowerment Consortium 

Education Solutions CIC is a part of The Community Empowerment Co-operative Consortium

Co-operative Education Solutions - Developer

Co-op Education Developers Skills:

(applied both to developer and to taught content, as appropriate).

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SECTION 1. Basic Requirements


1.1. Professional Behaviour/Code of Ethics

  1. Demonstrate Confidentiality
  2. Demonstrate Professionalism
  3. Demonstrate Positive Attitude

1.2. Project Management Skills

  1. Goal setting
  2. Scheduling and critical path development
  3. Resource and task allocation
  4. Meeting deadlines
  5. Evaluation of projects

1.3. Communication Skills

  1. Written
  2. Verbal
  3. Consensus development
  4. Goal development

1.4. Interpersonal Skills

  1. Listening skills
  2. Exploratory questioning skills
  3. Negotiating skills
  4. Deal with resistance and manage conflict
  5. Interpret and apply non-verbal communications
  6. Interpret and apply verbal communications

1.5. Effective Client Counseling/Planning

Apply interviewing techniques

  1. Assist client to conduct a situational analysis of training needs
  2. Develop action plan - outline & agree possible training outline
  3. Develop Bespoke training (if required) - Recognize limitations and/or need to refer client to others for assistance
  4. Interpret and apply verbal communications

1.6. Knowledge Networks

  1. Maintain awareness of socio-economic climate / environmental scan
  2. Develop and maintain inventory of resources
  3. Develop and maintain network of expertise and support
  4. Source financing
  5. Develop awareness of government and legal regulations
  6. Develop network and brokering skills
  7. Advocate for client, if necessary

1.7. Information Technology

  1. Word Processing
  2. PowerPoint
  3. Spreadsheets
  4. Electronic communications
  5. Internet searching
  6. Web site development
  7. Social Media
  8. E-Marketing
  9. Newsletters
  10. Forum development

SECTION 4. Enterprise Development

(where appropriate).

4.1. Business Evaluation Skills

  1. Market research
  2. Market analysis
  3. Strategic market planning
  4. Break-even analysis
  5. SWOT analysis
  6. Identifying members' goals (and minimum financial needs, in the case of a worker co-op)
  7. Risk/benefit analysis

4.2. Business Planning Skills

  1. Understand the uses of business plans
  2. Knowledge of the appropriate format of business plans
  3. Knowledge of the proper presentation of financial information
  4. Knowledge of the factors which need to be considered and how calculated for cash flow
  5. Knowledge of how cash flow relates to viability and minimum required net income

4.3. Knowledge of Business Financing

  1. Knowledge of types of financing: sweat equity, common shares, debt, etc.
  2. Knowledge of sources of financing
  3. Knowledge and use of self-directed RRSP program for worker co-op financing
  4. Knowledge of government funding programs
  5. Developing an offering statement
  6. Raising capital

4.3. Knowledge of Business Financing

  1. Knowledge of types of financing: sweat equity, common shares, debt, etc.
  2. Knowledge of sources of financing
  3. Knowledge and use of self-directed RRSP program for worker co-op financing
  4. Knowledge of government funding programs
  5. Developing an offering statement
  6. Raising capital

4.4. Accounting Knowledge

  1. Understand the need for and requirements of an accounting system
  2. Knowledge of the GAAP as they apply to presenting co-operative financial statements
  3. Knowledge of bookkeeping procedures
  4. Knowledge of issues regarding worker bonuses and patronage dividends
  5. Knowledge of taxation issues
  6. Audit preparation

4.5 Other

  1. Demonstrate problem solving approaches
  2. Recognize stages of business development process and implications
  3. Perform site observation visits
  4. Diagnose client business problems
  5. Address emerging opportunities and potential problems

SECTION 2. Co-operative Knowledge and Experience

(for specialist training/support for Co-operatives).

2.1. Co-operative Principles and Enterprise Types

  1. Knowledge of co-operatives' key characteristics
  2. Knowledge of co-op principles
  3. Knowledge of the forms of employee or independent contractor organisations, and applicability to various types of co-ops
  4. Knowledge of EI regulations applied to co-operatives
  5. Knowledge of other forms of business organisations (partnerships, business corporations, etc.), and how they differ from the co-op model
  6. Knowledge of co-op advantages relative to the alternative business models
  7. Knowledge of the multi-tiered structure of the Canadian co-operative movement

2.2. By-laws and Governance Processes

Please identify the jurisdiction(s) of your knowledge: provinces, territories, or federal level:

  1. Knowledge of co-op law
  2. Knowledge of bylaw drafting
  3. Knowledge of options for participatory democracy
  4. Knowledge of different roles of members, board, management
  5. Conflict resolution skills
  6. Role of policies and approaches for policy development

SECTION 3. Group Development and Facilitation

(for social enterprises and community groups).

3.1 Group Facilitation

  1. Identify leadership
  2. Determine whether there is a common objective
  3. Determine whether there is a match between each individuals' personal needs and the group's objective
  4. Determine whether the group can take responsibility for project
  5. Determine what level of understanding the group has regarding business, group process and the social, economic, regulatory environment
  6. Determine what financial resources are available

3.2. Leadership and Motivation Skills

  1. Empower individuals and group
  2. Build individual and group confidence
  3. Help to create a positive attitude
  4. Identify personal and group goals
  5. Point towards practical and realistic approaches to achieving goals

3.3. Training Skills

  1. Knowledge of adult education principles
  2. Facilitation skills
  3. Practical training experience
  4. Experience in developing training materials