With the “Competence Sponsorship” program, amontis offers voluntary associations and start-ups participation in open seminars for professional further development for free.
When it comes to corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, consulting firms usually choose a simple solution: financial donations to charities. This financial help is essential for this volontary associations and we also – and still – donate to charities that contributes to make the world a better place. However, we wanted to do something more.
We wanted to share our expertise and experience that we gathered over the yeras to help voluntary associations and start-ups to organise themselves more professionally – strategically, effectively and efficiently. This is how we came up with the idea of “Competence Sponsorship”. And since 2018, amontis offers free participations in open seminars for professional further development to voluntary associations and start-ups.
We ask the participants to write two feedback reports (each) following the free seminar and send them back to amontis. The first report is written shortly after the seminar and should reflect about the seminar itself and the first impressions gained from it. The second report should be written about half a year after the seminar and reflects whether and how the things learned have influenced a certain project or even the daily work of the association or the start-up.
In order to increase awareness about the program and enable even more people, volontary associations and start-ups to qualify for Competence Sponsorship, the reports will be published our initiative*blog and shared with the community on XING and LinkedIn.
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Successes of the Competence Sponsorship program
The “Competence Sponsorship” program has been a success for all participants since its creation. Not only do the sponsored participants gain an tangible advantage from the free training, but also our regular customers have appreciated that a more heterogeneous group of people (with different perspectives) was benefitial for the seminar and made the different exercises and business cases more interesting, which helped better anchor knowledge. As they say: “it’s the mixture that does it”.
We are also really pleased to see how our impulse has a positive effect on the association and the start-ups we support.
German Stevie Awards
amontis was awarded a bronze German Stevie Award in the category Company of the Year – Business Services for the concept “Competence Sponsorship: Student development work supported by management consultancy” in 2019
HeiSDA is a student initiative that supports development projects in countries of the Global South. Together with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), HeiSDA supports local initiatives to implement small but effective development projects under the leadership of concerned communities. Not only are the projects financially supported, but HeiSDA volunteers are also actively involved on-site.
“The three-day project management seminar according to PMI was a great learning experience for me and will be very helpful in the future.”
- Janne Wanner, member of the board of directors of HeiSDA e.V.
Weitblick Heidelberg e.V.
Weitblick is a student initiative founded in 2008 in Münster, which advocates for a fair access to education. Under the motto “Educational Opportunities Worldwide”, motivated students are enthusiastically committed to this cause – and now at numerous locations throughout Germany. Since May 2011, Weitblick Heidelberg e.V. has been part of this network.
The clear systematics of the PMI standard and the application-oriented processing during the seminar using a realistic Weitblick example project were a great enrichment for me.
- Benedikt Hemmer, federal board member of Weitblick e.V.