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Reimagining Ethics Education

by The Ethics Centre
17 November 2017
THE ETHICS CENTRE
Last week, The Ethics Centre was named Education and Training Provider of the Year at the 2017 Optus MyBusiness Awards. We’re pretty happy about that, and thought it offered a great opportunity to explain what makes our education programs special (special enough to win an award, that is).
 
We’ve been involved in learning for over 25 years. As an independent non-profit specialising in ethics, we’ve been asked by many organisations, industries and governments, both locally and internationally, to provide a different kind of education and training experience.
 
Our programs challenge participants to think differently – to critically examine other opinions, be consistent in their judgements, and make responsible and considered decisions. They provide the skills and tools to understand and resolve the multitude of difficult ethical challenges we all face as part of our personal and professional lives.
 
In 2010 we established the Primary Ethics program to teach critical thinking and moral reasoning to NSW primary school kids, but that’s not why we won the award. We won it for one of our core professional education programs centred on ethics, quality decision making, professional practice and leadership – the Ethical Professional Program.
 
The Ethical Professional Program was originally devised for financial advisors, brokers, bankers and those who work alongside them, but has since been rolled out across other professional sectors. And we know it works. Those who have completed the course tell us it helped them build stronger relationships with colleagues and clients, link everyday decisons back to their organisation’s strategy and purpose, and deal with complex issues as they arise. The program consistently achieves high net promoter scores and positive feedback that indicates participants not only leave with new skills, but enjoy the process too – and that’s not something you hear every day about ethics education!
 
We take our role as a leading provider of ethics education very seriously. As events in the world continue to shock, scare and surprise us, and our trust in core institutions appears to plummet, it can seem as if people care less and less about ethics. Our experience tells us otherwise. The people and organisations we work with across our ethics, leadership and learning programs are hungry to explore what they value, the principles they hold on to, and how to make their way through some of the most difficult ethical challenges we face today.

For further information on The Ethics Centre’s learning programs, please contact Victoria Whitaker, Co-Head of Advice & Education, on 0424 206 631 or victoria.whitaker@ethics.org.au.