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Today we launch enrolments for the new MCT – Advanced Diploma. All of us at the ACT are enthusiastic about the major changes we have made to the old MCT qualification. With enrolments open we mark a key stage in completion on schedule of what has been a major project for us. The new MCT – Advanced Diploma reflects a radical new approach to the type of learning materials we provide, the way we deliver these, the tuition support and the formal assessment leading to award of the qualification. Through these changes we have still retained the core values and focus of the previous MCT.
Our approach to strategic planning in the ACT focuses on an off-site day each Autumn at which Council, the committee chairs and the ACT management team get together to debate and confirm the issues that will be central to the next formal plan (which is presented to Council in the early part of each year). I am now starting to think about the wide set of issues that should be on the agenda for our off-site day and each of our business committees will be helping the ACT team assess these issues. As always I am keen to receive comment
I must start the newsletter with a thank you to all the speakers, delegates, exhibitors and sponsors who attended our annual conference in May and made it such a huge success. We are working through all the comments and remarks we have received from all parties and I am delighted that so many of you found the conference enjoyable, worthwhile and practical. In all our planning the ACT team and Programme Committee thought it was vital for the conference to bring tangible benefits when back in the office – your comments suggest we have achieved this.
The ACT’s financial year has just ended and whilst we continue to invest substantially in our qualifications and our services to members, we do expect to report a further surplus when we publish our Annual Review for 2005/06 later in the year. Our focus internally now is both on what we have coming through the pipeline for imminent delivery – such as The Treasurers’ Conference (TTC) – and on the development work underway across the range of ACT activities.