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08 July 2005

Cambridge Education helps host Manchester seminar for 200 Russian and NIS managers completing EU training programme

On 14 and 15 July Manchester will be welcoming over 200 managers and government representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the New Independent States [NIS] for a seminar marking completion of the latest phase in an EU management training programme [MTP] designed to promote understanding of western business culture and provide direct training through internships in leading companies. At the seminar – being held at the University of Manchester – the Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Mohammed Afzel Khan will present the successful participants with their MTP certificates, and local companies will have the opportunity to meet the managers through a business contact fair being organised by the International Trade Centre at ChamberLink.

The MTP is managed by a consortium of partners from nine European countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Sweden and the UK – where the programme is run by Cambridge Education. The MTP’s overall aim is to support the development of Russian and other NIS economies by assisting in the training of managers. The programme is designed to provide junior, middle and senior managers with internships in EU companies of four, eight or twelve weeks involving work on substantial management projects, along with training in western business practices and economic issues. Each traineeship ends with a seminar in a major European city at which successful participants receive their certificates. Since the MTP began in February 2000 approximately 2000 managers and young professionals from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Uzbekistan have successfully completed the programme.

MTP’s main benefits for participating NIS managers – who mostly have at least three years professional management experience – include the opportunity to experience and develop significant knowledge of western business culture and management practices. EU host companies in turn benefit from gaining insight into Russian and other NIS management cultures as well as receiving a management report on a real business issue of their choice. For the latest intake of managers in the UK programme, Cambridge Education has organised internships with companies and organisations such as Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, CIS (Cooperative Insurance Services) in Manchester and the Manchester office of professional services consultant Mott MacDonald.

Richard Cullen a director of Mott MacDonald’s water and environment business based in Cambridge was the mentor for Svetlana Panova from Russia who took part in the programme. Commenting on the benefits of the programme Richard said: “As an international consultancy, Mott MacDonald is involved in major projects around the world including a number of internationally funded schemes. Svetlana’s experience in this area meant she already had a good understanding of some of the work we do and the cultural differences which can impact on the success of working in Russia. During her time with us she was able to get a feel for our business planning and market research processes and apply these to the Russian market. For our part we were able to get a feel for the size of the consultancy market in Russia and the type of UK consultancy support that might be required. She also helped us to focus more closely on the critical success factors for working there.”

Visit: www.chamber-link.co.uk

Notes to editors
1. The MTP is financed by the Tacis programme, an EU initiative for the NIS which fosters the development of economic and political links between the EU and these countries. Tacis provides grant finance for training and consulting activities in order to support the process of transformation for market economies and democratic societies. The overall MTP is led by the Deutsche Management Akademie Niedersachsen.
2. Cambridge Education – a member of the Mott MacDonald Group – is a global education services company working with schools, public sector agencies, education institutions and organisations, governments, donors and charities. Cambridge Education has over 20 years’ experience working in the UK and around the world. Its current international portfolio ranges from improving access to and quality of basic education in Nigeria and China to improving maths teaching in Sri Lanka’s primary schools and advising the Gates Foundation on failing schools in the USA.
3. ChamberLink International Trade Centre, Manchester, provides a full range of support for companies seeking to develop international trade, and offers a comprehensive portfolio of services supported by UK Trade & Investment.
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