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RBG Supports Global Growth Plans with University Link-Up

22 April 2011

RBG, the leading provider of Inspect, Assess and Repair (IAR) services to the global energy industry, has partnered with Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK to launch a bespoke learning programme for its senior management team as the company prepares for major growth in 2011 and beyond.

The Business Leadership Challenge development course comprises a mixture of knowledge and competency and aims to enhance strategic and operational decision making. The learning content focuses on four key performance areas: commercial and financial capability; influencing and negotiation; leadership and performance management.

The course content was devised by RBG CEO, Dave Workman, RBG HR director, John McLeish and senior academic staff at the University's Aberdeen Business School to enhance specific areas of the senior management team skill-set. Around 100 RBG managers and directors will complete the staggered courses over a 12 month period.

Delegates will undertake an in-depth 12 week online knowledge based course, during which they will also compete in the first one-day workshop where teams of employees will test their knowledge and capabilities in different business scenarios. The Business Leadership Challenge is held two weeks later and gives participants the opportunity to run their own virtual multi-million pound business. Teams will compete over a two-day workshop and course facilitators will control the virtual business environment so that each group has to respond to realistic political, legal and economic challenges.

RBG CEO, Dave Workman, said: "We are very pleased to be launching the Business Leadership Challenge course with Robert Gordon University. RBG is going through a period of continued growth and the course will equip our senior managers with the commercial skills required to realise our international development plans. I am confident the course will bring real and tangible benefits to our global business and customers.

"The course has been designed to support our business strategy, vision and mission and presents an ideal opportunity to share knowledge, skills and experience across the wider management team.

(from left to right)Pamela Neri, Business Development Manager, Robert Gordon University and Rita Marcella, Dean of Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, with Dave Workman, RBG's CEO, John McLeish, RBG's HR director and Philip Burge, lecturer for Robert Gordon University's Department of Management.

Rita Marcella, Dean of Robert Gordon University's Aberdeen Business School, said: "We are pleased to be working with RBG on this innovative development programme. The Business Leadership Challenge reinforces the commercial and management skills required to successfully run a multi-million pound business. This programme provides the framework, tools and perspectives that will support RBG's senior managers in fulfilling their ultimate potential.