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Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation has launched a rail project management academy in Saudi Arabia to train a new generation of project managers who will go on to deliver urban transport projects across the region
Featuring a modular postgraduate programme, the academy is dedicated to recent graduates and young engineering or business professionals who are interested in developing a long-term career in project management with the company.
The new programme's content will be aligned with the Bombardier Project Management System (BPMS) and will include on-the-job training and international assignments at Bombardier sites as well as classroom-based and online tuition.
"We believe that this hands-on approach will help the participants to gain long-term employment with Bombardier and they will have the opportunity to work on some of the most prestigious transportation projects in the world," said Bombardier Transportation System Division VP Serge Van Themsche.
"The students will benefit from experiencing real-life projects in Riyadh and Jeddah through this world leading transportation provider."
Bombardier will establish links with local universities and work with a specialist training provider to deliver the educational course.
Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded the internationally recognised Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), a valuable entry level certificate for project practitioners which demonstrates fundamental knowledge of terminology and processes of effective project management.
The company plans to recruit up to 10 aspiring project managers for its 2012 programme and then increase the intake in the following years. As Bombardier continues its expansion across the Middle East, it is expected similar academies will be launched in other countries across the region.