Centre for Continuing Education

A Toolkit for New Managers Course

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Understanding management principles is critical for business success. This management short course is designed for those who want an overview of the skills needed to be an effective manager or supervisor. The training in this course focuses on achieving strong outcomes through effective people and team management, the development of sound planning and organisational skills, creative problem solving and ensuring finance & cost control procedures are followed.

This management course is a short course with a focus on practical management course that applies core management concepts to your individual workplace settings.

Please note: This course does not critique management theories nor does it discuss the complexity of management theories. If you are looking for tertiary courses and qualifications in this area, please refer to Management courses at the University of Sydney.


This course aims to:

  1. Provide an introduction to the tools needed to be an effective manager.
  2. Equip you to engage team members for achieving constructive outcomes.
  3. Help you prioritise tasks and time on an individual and team basis.
  4. Assist with recruiting, selecting and inducting team members.
  5. Enable you to work with your team to solve problems creatively.
  6. Increase your proficiency with financial decision-making.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Discern a leadership style suitable for your organisation and team, so as to communicate effectively and so bring out the best in your staff.
  2. Deal with the challenges that arise in managing a team, including motivating team members, dealing with difficult team members, resolving conflict and enabling change.
  3. Lead a team to prioritise their time with effective scheduling to achieve team goals.
  4. Recruit, select and induct new team members by identifying the right candidate and ensuring they are quickly delivering required output.
  5. Facilitate a team as they creatively overcome barriers for achieving team goals.
  6. Make basic financial decisions utilising key financial data.


This management course covers the following topics:

People management

  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Managing change

Team management

  • Inspiring and building high performance teams
  • Dealing with difficult situations

Planning and organising

  • Setting goals
  • Organising work schedules

Human resource management

  • Recruiting, selecting and inducting the most suitable applicants

Creative problem solving

  • Redefining the probem
  • Techniques for fostering creativity in a team setting

Finance & cost control

  • Reading financial records
  • Budgeting
  • Identifying variances
  • Financial decision-making

Delivery Style

This management course is an interactive workshop, which includes lectures, group exercises and discussion.

Intended Audience

This short non-award management course has a hands-on, vocational approach. It is suited to new managers wanting to acquire useful practical skills for immediate application in their workplace. This course is designed for managers in all sectors – Commercial, Not-for-Profit and Government.

Please note: It is not suited to post-graduate students seeking a critiquing of the complexity of management theories.

Before the course

There is no pre-requisite knowledge, or skills for this entry-level management course. Participants are, however, advised to come to this course with their own examples of managerial and leadership practices so that discussion can be tailored to individual work requirements.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • An engaging tutor who used the method of learning from tasks, group activities and case studies very well. It kept the class interested, and offered a simpler way of remembering what was being taught by having us use the techniques explained.

  • I absolutely loved the course and would highly recommend it to my peers. The structure of the course and how it was broken up over the two days was great and really kept everyone engaged and willing to participate. Thank you for two extremely valuable and insightful days of learning.

  • The course material provided me with an opportunity to reflect on what the role of a manager of staff should be and how my actions contribute to the performance of a team. The use of interactive sessions enabled participants to think through and address real situations in our workplaces so that we left with solutions to use when we returned to work. I know it is now up to me to apply the knowledge I have gained in the two day course to ensure that my team is a winning one.

  • I found the course very useful in many areas. The tutor was great and the practical advice section at the end was invaluable. I felt empowered to take the advice and frameworks into my role. Would recommend.

  • Course content was spot on for my needs. Discussion/problem solving session at the end was excellent. The tutor was great and has a good teaching style and a wealth of knowledge.

  • What a great facilitator! The course content was really useful and there was a balance of theory and practical which kept us all engaged. The afternoon session on the second day was really useful and has allowed us to take away action plans with what we have learnt.

  • Had a really wonderful time at the course and felt like I learned lots – the presenter was brilliant in that he used our real life examples so it made the concepts all really clear! Thank you!

  • This course gave me the confidence to immediately apply the key principles I learned in my job as Team Leader.

  • The tutor was great – lots of real-life and relevant examples given to illustrate key concepts. Also, there was a strong focus on leadership which was great and something I think all managers should aspire to be.

  • The course was very engaging and useful. I appreciated that it was tailored to meet our specifc groups requirments. A fantastic lecturer, their examples and stories of real life situations relating to what we were discussing were very relevant and helpful. They made the course extremely enjoyable.

A Toolkit for New Managers Course
University of Sydney (Venue TBA)
$864 GST free

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