AKSAI, Western Kazakhstan Oblast, 25 February 2004 – Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. (KPO) has announced that 50 Kazakh employees from the Operations department have started a training course under the Supervisory Management Programme (SMP) accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (UK).

KPO Operations Director Cameron Crawford said: “The training course will help the Kazakh personnel of the company to accelerate the development of their supervisory skills and will play a positive role in their future careers”.

During the 11-month course conducted in modular form and leading to a qualification from the Chartered Management Institute, the participants on the programme will study various disciplines, an in-depth knowledge of which is necessary for a successful supervisor. These disciplines include the theory of organising team work, information management, risk management, delegation of responsibilities and others. Upon completion of the course the participants will receive an international certificate in team leading.

KPO has allocated more than KZT 65 million for this course, and as Cameron Crawford notes, “The management training complements on-the-job technical training that KPO provides to its Kazakh personnel as part of the Nationalisation Programme”.

The training of local KPO personnel is done with the help of the best Kazakh and international teachers. Currently, 16 KPO specialists are studying management on a two-year International Management Programme, 4 employees from the Human Resources department are following a training course developed by the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (UK) and 50 people from the Finance department will soon start a financial management course run by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).

In addition to this, 16 Kazakh staff from the Petroleum Engineering department are improving their professional qualifications on training courses conducted by teachers of the Kazakh British Technical University.