Monday, 15 February 2021, marked the successful end of our first Agri-Business Management Programme (AMP). This was a 4-month management development programme developed for the Agricultural sector by TSB director, Prof Jonker and The Co Op Humansdorp management.
The programme was developed to equip middle managers in the Agri-Retail Industry with industry related skills, enabling them to become more effective managers and leaders in their organisations.
The inaugural AMP class consisted of 22 middle managers from The Co-Op Humansdorp and covered the following modules:
1. Strategic Marketing and Communication,
2. Financial Management and Corporate Governance,
3. Operations and Supply Chain Management,
4. Leadership and People Management,
5. Strategy Development
There was also an Integrated Capstone Project which consolidated learnings from the other modules in a practical manner. This was accomplished by the students having to tackle one of four topics brought forward by The Co Op management and using their learning from the programme to conceptualise viable solutions.
Congratulations to all 22 students who managed to keep all the balls in air, juggling their everyday work, the AMP and their family lives. These students learned a lot from the programme but also brought a lot to it.
The Co Op CEO, Mr Henk Agenbach also commented on the growth he’d witnessed from the managers since participating in the programme, stating: “We already see it in our financial results!”.
The AMP culminated in a graduation ceremony which was held at The Co Op with the TSB team joining virtually in light of the pandemic. The students presented their Integrated Capstone projects to The Co Op management and received feedback.
This was followed by the awarding of their certificates, with 9 of the 22 students receiving cum laude, and the Best Student, Ms Christina Robbertze – whose overall mark as 1% higher than the 2nd best student, walking away with a gift voucher to mark her achievement.
With the success of our first Agri-Business Management Programme (AMP), the results of which are already been seen from the participants – this is surely only the beginning for this programme.