October 24, 2011
McMaster to provide unique training for Brink’s Canada Ltd. employees
Hamilton, Ont. October 24, 2011—Brink’s Canada Ltd. employees will be heading to university this fall—the first time for many of them—for a program specially designed to hone their management and leadership skills.
Beginning today, about 80 employees from all over the country are attending a weeklong customized business administration course at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Centre, offered through the Centre for Continuing Education. There, they will focus on finance, human resources, marketing, operations and general management, among other areas of study.
"This program is about creating well-rounded managers who understand the functions of business and how human behaviour impacts the effectiveness of Brink’s as an organization,” says Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly, director of the Centre for Continuing Education. “By committing to the quality and depth of this university program, Brink’s will provide a solid theoretical and practical foundation for managers to allow them to excel today and to solve the organizational challenges of tomorrow."
The course is the first of five that will lead to a McMaster University Certificate in Business Administration. Courses and will be offered in a blended format which will include classroom work and online instruction. Participants can then use this credit toward a degree at McMaster or elsewhere if they so choose. Brink’s Canada Ltd. will also bring in its own experts to complement course material covered by McMaster instructors.
“Our people are pumped up about this, and Brink’s is serious about strong education for our leaders. We want to broaden our horizons and our perspectives on the larger business world,” says Glenn Thede, director of training and development at Brink’s Canada Ltd. “We also want to dig deeper into learning so that, as a company of highly committed employees, we are even more confident and skilled as we approach a demanding future.”
The inaugural class is expected to complete the five business courses –at the rate of one course per year—by the year 2015.
“As a company that has been a leader in the secure logistics industry for over 150 years, you know we are in this for the long haul, so a program that will develop our people a few years fits our culture,” says Thede.
“This is a truly innovative endeavour customized specifically for Brink’s,” says Carolyn McEwen, assistant director at the Centre for Continuing Education. “Our business administration certificate sits at the very core but we have layered some Brink’s-specific content and speakers to enrich the classroom experience and truly tailor this to their workplace.”
Last year, the Centre for Continuing Education won three prestigious national awards for quality and innovation in the delivery of corporate training.
McMaster University, one of four Canadian universities listed among the Top 100 universities in the world, is renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery. It has a student population of 23,000, and more than 150,000 alumni in 128 countries.
The Brink’s Company (NYSE:BCO) is the world’s premier provider of secure transportation and cash management services. For more information, please visit The Brink’s Company website at www.BrinksCompany.com.
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