Looking Forward - Planning for the next phase in the Institute's life
The Board of the International Christian Media Commission (ICMC) has launched a review of the future ministry for the International Communication Training Institute with the intention of securing its future activity.
The ICMC Board members have been working with Institute Executive Director, Andrew Steele, to ensure that plans are well developed before Andrew’s anticipated retirement in 2020. Andrew noted that a few years back he was helping a community radio station recover from a crisis which arose when its long-time manager retired. “Everyone had known for many years that retirement would come. They just hadn’t planned and prepared.” To ensure that the Institute’s activities are able to continue the ICMC Board wants to move forward at an early stage.
ICTI was formed in 1997 with the purpose of encouraging, developing and promoting excellence in training in Christian media agencies. A series of conferences at the Maryvale conference centre in the UK charged the Institute with these tasks.
- Identify training needs and offer appropriate solutions
- Promote and facilitate quality training for organisational and personal development
- Encourage the sharing of curriculum and training resources
- Develop and monitor common standards
- Evaluate outcomes and award certificates to agreed standards
- Provide training for trainers
The Institute has always attempted to work with members to deliver training rather than organising media skills courses itself. Even so, staff respond to training requests where a member is not offering or is unable to offer training requested.
ICTI has grown out of the need for integrated communication education and training around the world. ICTI coordinates training delivered in-country or by distance-learning. ICTI members have worked together to set common standards and deliver cost-effective open learning approaches to media education.
The Institute is managed by the Executive Director advised by the Council on behalf of its members. The Council is responsible to the board of ICMC Ltd, is the UK non-profit body which takes responsibility for ICTI.
ICTI membership allows individual trainers, training agencies and those who use training, to work together with the confidence that each one has a commitment to excellence and will work to the same standards and curriculum. The Institute’s Code of Professional Practice provides a framework to ensure the highest professional standards. The Institute’s Certificate in Training and associated Training of Trainers programme provides a pathway for participants to develop their training skills and engage in continuing professional development. The Institute continues to recognise Approved Training Providers which have undertaken a quality assurance process.
The the self-supporting financial basis of the funding for the salary of the Executive Director has been recognised as a key factor in the success of his work so far.
The Board of ICMC has identified four options to take ICTI forward into the next phase of activity.
Maintain the Institute in its current form, possibly establishing it as an independent organisation. The advantage of this is that the independence of the Institute is maintained. However, the Board also recognises that when Andrew Steele retires it cannot rely on continued funding to cover salaries. This approach will demand significant fund raising as well as support from members. This will also require the recruitment of staff to succeed the existing executive.
Another option could be to identify a partner agency, possibly an existing member, which shares the vision of the Institute’s activities. This agency could continue the current work of the Institute and the training courses offered. The main consideration of this option is to ensure the independence of the Institute in terms of examining candidates for the Certificate in Training, approving training providers and providing advice to members.
The partner agency would have to commit to providing staff to undertake the executive functions currently undertaken when the Executive Director retires.
A third option would be for one or more members to inherit the training activities that the Institute offers and for the Institute to continue to operate only to award certificates and recognise training provision. This would still require some staff and funds.
The final option is that the Institute closes and the training courses are given to members to take forward.
In the next few months we will be consulting members to hear your ideas. How would you like the Institute to develop in its next phase of activity? We will be inviting you to have conversations with us as well as participating in simple questionnaire style feedback.
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