Senior execs and managers wanted for business scholarships
A former winner of the Prime Minister's Business Scholarships believes his network of contacts in Asia is all the better for it.
Applications for the awards are now open, with winners promised the chance to attend business schools worldwide.
Last year there were five winners, in the construction, engineering, communications, manufacturing and natural health industries.
One of those is Dr Nevin Amos, chief supply chain officer for Te Puke-based natural health company Comvita.
He spent his time at the INSEAD business school in Singapore.
"I feel very honoured to have been chosen for the scholarship ... the experience provided me with a broader Asian networking base, contributing to Comvita's growth in that region," Dr Amos said.
Another winner is Beca general manager of transportation Matthew Ensor, who is planning to take a month-long course at INSEAD in Paris, France.
"It's a chance to better understand my own role and strengths," he said. "Beca competes internationally and, especially in a global downturn, we need excellent technical leadership and world-class business leadership skills."
Staff from the newly merged Economic Development Ministry, which co-ordinates entrants, want to help develop the skills of the country's senior managers and executives.
They say a lack of export-led business, the size of ther New Zealand economy and the physical distance from export markets are barriers to succeeding in the international marketplace.
Successful applicants provide half the cash for their study and the government the rest.
Applications for this year's scholarships close at the end of the month.