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How to measure ROI from project management training

24-02-2014

Training can be a valuable way of not just getting a workforce up to speed, but also making them feel as though their employers are really investing in their development. As such, it can make for a happy, productive and switched-on workforce that is well-equipped to complete any task set of it. Despite all this, training is something which many business owners approach with suspicion. After all, many of the benefits sound good on paper,...

Author: David Howells
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What does the forthcoming round of shale gas licensing mean for the industry?

17-01-2014

The UK government recently announced that the 14th round of licensing for shale gas production will become available in 2014, after a report from the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) concluded that the energy source does not present a threat to the environment. Some firms have already begun exploratory drilling to determine how much gas is in the UK. However, if a lot of shale gas is found, the UK could soon see a production boom,...

Author: Laura Varley
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The benefits of online project management courses

11-12-2013

The engine behind the vehicle; the battery that powers the watch; the captain of the side - behind every completed project is an accomplished project manager whose job it is to guide their team and install a strategy that will see a detailed set of plans reach fruition. Most project managers will have been expected to complete some form of training before pursuing a career in this highly demanding line of work. However, in truth, anyone can benefit from attending a course which focuses on their...

Author: Richard Towey
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How to become PMI certified

25-11-2013

There are countless reasons just why it's wise for project managers to be PMI certified. Among them is, quite simply, the fact that one fifth of the world's entire GDP is spent on projects. This equates to more than $12 trillion (£7.5 trillion) every year. Looking at it in a more localised fashion, the 2012 PMI Pulse of the Profession report found that organisations where more than 35 per cent of staff members are PMI certified are...

Author: David Howells
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Women in science and tech share their stories on Ada Lovelace Day

15-10-2013

Women all over the world who work in the technology industry have been sharing their stories on Ada Lovelace Day to highlight the importance of women in male dominated industries. Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician who wrote the world's first computer program in 1842 - before computers even existed. For the past five years on the 15th of October, women in tech have been celebrating her achievement by sharing their female inspirations. One of these women...

Author: Laura Varley
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Deep-sea technologies to be used for shale gas drilling

11-10-2013

According to a leading global equipment supplier to the drilling industry, deep sea drilling will be the new solution to accessing shale gas supplies. John Pfeiffer, vice president of FMC technologies made the pitch for the use of this technology developed by his company in the North Sea, off the coasts of Brazil and western Africa as operations there continue to recover from the 2010 Macondo deep-sea oil spill. The technologies use tall structures of...

Author: Michael McFadyen
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North Sea still has "billions of pounds" worth of oil and gas

11-10-2013

There is still billions of pounds worth of oil and gas available in the North Sea, according to the Scottish National Party (SNP).  SNP members have challenged former UK chancellor Alistair Darling to withdraw his comments suggesting that this wasn't the case.       In an interview with snp.org, SNP minister Kenneth Gibson pointed out a number of errors in Darling's observations.  He said: "Alistair Darling's interview was a catalogue of errors and gaffes, but the most...

Author: Joe Elvin
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China named world's biggest oil importer

10-10-2013

China is continuing to boost oil industries across the world as it becomes the biggest net importer of product, reports bbc.co.uk. New data shows China outstripping its own production of oil by 6.3 million barrels a day, toppling the US on 6.1 million. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), "China's steady growth in oil demand has led it to become the world's largest net importer, exceeding the United States in September 2013." Ft.com says the US had previously been the world's largest...

Author: Richard Towey
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Innovation tipped to be key for Scottish oil and gas industry progress

09-10-2013

Innovation will be key to progress in the Scottish oil and gas industry, it has been claimed. David Rennie, who is head of oil and gas at Scottish Enterprise, has claimed that more innovative projects like the Inflation Support Tool will be needed to prevent a sharp future decline. In an interview with ft.com, Rennie argued that it was particularly crucial to find more efficient methods of extracting oil. He said: "It seems obvious but innovation...

Author: Joe Elvin
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UK shale gas industry tipped to create over 100,000 jobs

09-10-2013

New research suggests growth in Britain's shale gas industry could lead to the creation of 100,000 jobs. A report from Poyry Management Consulting believes the industry would be able to free up between 40,000-60,000 full-time jobs whilst employing many more people indirectly. Thetimes.co.uk says this estimate is the biggest yet, even eclipsing projections made by shale gas producer Cuadrilla in regards to the industry's true potential in job creation. The company backed shale gas to create around 74,000 direct and indirect...

Author: Richard Towey
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