New program to fast-track professionals into leadership
The specialist family violence and primary prevention sectors need to grow the number of knowledgeable and skilled leaders to design and implement programs that address the root causes and contributing factors of family violence and violence against women.
Fast Track is a new intensive leadership program that provides mid-career and senior practitioners with the leadership skills required to advance their career within the family violence response and primary prevention sectors.
The free 10-week program includes weekly, three-hour workshops featuring expert presenters. Participants can apply their learning during the program to a workplace project with the support of a specialist mentor.
Delivered in two streams - response and prevention - the program will increase participants’ knowledge in feminist leadership, advocacy, policy, staff and organisation development, partnerships, program design, and working in diverse settings.
Designed by sector experts, and grounded in the industry experience of DVRCV and Domestic Violence Victoria, Fast Track translates the capabilities outlined in the Victorian Government’s capability frameworks, into relevant, practical learning materials that can be applied to real-life settings.
DVRCV CEO Tania Farha explained how Fast Track prepares participants to progress their career in family violence prevention and response.
“With insights from leading experts in the sector, underpinned by feminist frameworks, Fast Track provides the tools needed to become an effective leader,” said Tania.
“Family violence work is unique and complex, and expanding as Victoria’s coordinated prevention and response systems grow. We need more people with family violence expertise to build their leadership skills and take up the challenge of leading this important work into the future.”
The program has been funded by Family Safety Victoria following a successful pilot in 2018.
The first two streams start soon with more courses planned over the next two years.