In the last 10 years, actually since the founding on the 1st of April 2015, we systematically studied the educational need of public leaders and managers in the regional and local public domain. On this basis it has established the academy as an integral part of its mission: advancing the knowledge and use of risk management within the local government sector, as well as in the public sector at large, in Europe.
PRIMO is strongly focused on providing high effectiveness and efficient public governance, by improving the skills and attitudes of both management and staff in the management of risk. An open, critical and fair attitude, alertness, cooperation and partnership are crucial. Our Academy was set up to synthesize all essential training and education related to the critical success and competence for good public governance.
It is PRIMO’s mission to make available education and training in management of risk on an European level. This because it is clear that the way we perceive, assess and manage risks in different countries shows great similarities. There are obviously different priorities, differences in accent and cultural approach, but experience shows us that in essence everyone working in the public domain is faced with the same obligation to govern emerging risks. And the risks in the public domain itself are universally identical. With this in mind, we decided to invest in the development of an international program to improve the cross-border awareness and approach to public risks.
Unique dialogue oriented approach
It is our belief that governance of risk is best supported by a dialogue oriented approach. This means that we should ideally combine the knowledge of standards such as ISO 31000 and COSO with experience of one’s own behaviour and attitudes. The blend of scientific, methods and practice are combined. Unique is not only learning but experiencing by dialogue. Sharing knowledge and story telling are centrally embedded in the heart of the programs.
The Academy is keen to full its mission in a number of independent roles:
- Broker: consulting of and selection for organizations working in or for the public domain of relevant education programs. Example: consult of municipalities.
- Developer: developing in co-creation with partners and suppliers new, not existing and innovative education programs, seeking the high end of the market and working with certi#ed and top institutes, consultancies and universities. Cooperation with the University of Malta, EISTI, Avans+, Vlerick Business School.
- Supplier: offering courses, seminars and roundtables. Our yearly round table ‘the art of risk management’ and the PRIMO/EIRM Online Course.
- Recommender: offering quality labels to existing courses. PRIMO was member of certification team of MBA Risk Management Twente University
The portfolio is tailored per country: the development of the education program depends on the level of awareness of risk management in the various countries. The UK, Danmark, France, the Netherlands & Flanders are more advanced, while Malta and Cyprus are in the initial stages of recognizing the need for risk management.