About the program
The Development Squad program consists of 60 hours of training to prepare VBC members for national and international case competitions. It is run by external coaches from Deloitte, MBIE, Ernst & Young and RBNZ as well as senior VBC members and faculty with significant international case experience. Upon completion of the Development Squad program members are eligible for selection to national and international teams and receive further advanced training.
Two intakes of twelve students are conducted per year - so competition for positions is hot. Each year VBC appoints a Head Coach who is responsible for the selection of the two intakes. Your written application and performance at recent case competitions are the main criteria for application. Students of any academic background are strongly encouraged to apply. In the past we have seen exceptional talent from computer science, design, political science and maths students.
Trimester One Intake:
Applications Open: 23 March, 9:00am
Applications Close: 6 April, 5:00pm
Training Dates: 2 May - 30 May
Trimester Two Intake:
Applications Open: TBC
Applications Close: TBC
Training Dates: TBC
From the head Coach:
Cam Howarth has competed in 9 international case competitions - placing 1st in two and 3rd in three. He has now coached three winning international teams and is an economic analyst at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Now the Head Coach of Victoria Business Consulting, Cam oversees training for all the national and international teams at VBC and essential guidance for the long term development strategy of the club.
He had this to say about the Development Squad program: