EnerMech invests in next generation of project managers

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EnerMech has teamed up with Robert Gordon University to develop key staff into leading project managers.

The mechanical engineering group has been working with the university to devise a tailored project management course which specifically addresses the needs of the company’s international training academy.

Aberdeen-headquartered EnerMech provides seven integrated business lines to the global oil and gas industry and employs 2400 people in 20 countries.

22 staff from across all of the company’s seven geographic regions will complete the 12-month course, which provides a clear understanding of project management and leads to the award of a Graduate Certificate.

Split into three project management-focussed modules – Operations, Change, and Commercial & Strategic – the course is delivered through online tuition and with participants attending three one-week blocks at the Aberdeen-based university.

The high quality and in-depth course is designed to provide the firm’s staff with a recognised qualification to support their role in the workplace and assist professional development.

The Head of EnerMech Academy, Andy Buckworth, said: “RGU have been very supportive in helping us formulate a programme of job-specific academic study which is customised to be relevant to our day-to-day operations at EnerMech. It supports each individual’s professional development and increases each person’s confidence in both their professional and private lives.

“The company has invested more than £100,000 in establishing the course which is aimed at the managers and leaders of the future who will ensure EnerMech’s continued growth and success.

“We have recognised for some time that we could significantly improve the way we manage projects large and small and this course is part of step-change in being more professional in how we execute projects. It not only benefits individual staff and the company as whole, but enhances our reputation with clients as a more efficient organisation which is committed to on-going staff development.”

The course is being delivered by academics at RGU’s Aberdeen Business School (ABS), one of the leading providers of professional business education. It is also the only UK institution with dual accreditation for a MSc in Project Management by both Association for Project Management and Project Management Institute.

Susan Lawrie, RGU’s EnerMech Course Leader, said: “We have been working with EnerMech to help develop, standardise and deliver its project management training, equipping key staff with the necessary level of expertise in this area to meet the company’s current and future operational requirements.

“Our relationship with EnerMech is an example of our work with industry in responding to the specific needs of employers, where we collaborate with clients to design, develop and deliver learning programmes that meet individual organisational demands, from talent development to business improvement.

Professor Ken Russell, Associate Dean for Masters of Business Administration and Corporate Programmes at ABS, added: “The current economic climate presents a great opportunity to invest in targeted staff development, such as project management, to address pressures for cost reduction and add genuine value through improving the effectiveness of business practices.”

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