Training: Full Steam Ahead for 2017

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As a result of the training program review we conducted late last year, there will be some changes to the Editors Victoria training program for 2017.

Our Purpose

It appears that why Editors Victoria conducts a training program has never been put in writing. Our new statement of purpose is:

'Editors Victoria provides professional development for editors to fill gaps in the skills they need to be an editor and to refresh their existing skills. Professional development helps editors improve their employability, their freelance businesses,  their efficiency and the quality of the services they provide.'

Topics We Cover

Examining all the courses that IPEd branches have provided in recent years, we see they are mostly of four types: editing skills, technical skills, business skills and editing genres. Branches also hold courses to prepare members for the accreditation exam in relevant years, and a small number of other courses.

Editing skills: a mainstay of our yearly program are Glenys Osborne's three grammar courses and Susan Keogh's copyediting and structural editing courses. We plan on supplementing these courses in 2017 with a proofreading course. Glenys’s courses will be open for bookings on the IPEd website very soon.

Business skills: largely addressed by Jackey Coyle's dance steps courses. Our Freelance Affairs Officer is working to identify other professional development opportunities for freelancers.

Technical skills: the survey identified technical skills as the most in-demand area of skills. We aim to supplement our traditional offerings (such as e-books and InDesign) with other opportunities to develop technical skills.

Genres: academic editing, fiction editing, memoirs, museum exhibitions, annual reports and tenders were just some of the topics identified by survey respondents. The branch intends to offer professional development in some of these areas in 2017.

Earlybird Discounts

The training survey identified considerable concern about course fees. We have traditionally set the fees at around the usual fee for professional development courses, and we aim to break even on courses. However, some courses have more participants than required to break even and we usually cancel undersubscribed courses. This results in a surplus, which provides an opportunity to reduce course fees overall.

Therefore, we have decided to trial a 20% earlybird discount. It will be available usually until about four weeks before the course, although we may change this, and we may adjust the discount, to achieve our objective of breaking even over the year. This will make courses significantly less expensive for people who plan ahead and our modelling indicates that if it results in one or two more enrolments per course, the financial impact will not only be minimal but may lead to further fee reduction opportunities in future.

Have Your Say

In February, we also intend to survey members about courses you want in the second half of 2017 and the times and days you want them. The survey will seek definite statements of interest (although not preregistration and a deposit) in attending courses on particular topics, to give us a clear indication of demand for particular topics. We will then commission a small number of courses on the most demanded topics.

So, stay tuned and get ready for a bigger and better training program in 2017.

Ron Thiele
Training Officer