Effective Business Case Writing Workshop

We, at GraspSkills are pleased to invite you to join our upcoming Instructor led 1 day workshop on Business Case Writing.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Program date: October 11, 2014
Course overview:

It is generally acknowledged that the Business Case is probably the most critical document to be found in the Project Management Plan. Despite this there remains considerable confusion over why it is required, its content and who should create, approve and maintain it. Accordingly Business Cases are all too often poorly prepared, if indeed they are prepared at all.
The purpose of this workshop is to develop a detailed understanding of this critical document. The workshop will ensure delegates can create and use the Business Case, in practical terms, to ensure the right projects are approved and also guide their actions in effectively managing any size or complexity of project. 
Course Includes:
  • Introduction, Overview, Examples of scenarios
  • 7 step process model for business case writing
  • Cost & benefit analysis
  • Typical business case template & checklist
  • How to prepare business case?
  • Business case writing skills, Trends, practices, principles, Errors
You will get:
  • Hard copy of course material
  • PMI approved 8 PDU/Contact hours certificate
  • Business Tea & Lunch
  • Post training support
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Program date: October 11, 2014
Duration: 1 day (8 hours)
Program fee: AED 1990 (Early price) per person will expire on 01-Oct-14 (Standard price: AED 2590)
Next schedule: December 13, 2014
More details: BusinessCaseWritingpath
Contact person: Khawaja Ali
Contact numbers:  +44-20-3393-1350/ 1-919-238-9981/ +61-290-370-232
Looking for an in house, please feel free to contact us.
Grasp Skills: # 56 Lawrence Road, East Ham, London UK E6 1JN

Employees Make Use of Reduced Workload in Ramadan to Invest in Developing their Soft Skills

Demand for training programs targeting middle managers sees 15% increase in Ramadan, compared to monthly average, says IH Dubai
Dubai, UAE, July 13th, 2014 – International House Dubai (IH Dubai), a leading institution offering practical skills-based courses with international accreditation, has reported a 15 percent increase in admissions to training programs during Ramadan, compared to the monthly average in the first half of 2014.
The company attributed this rise to the reduced working hours in the public and private sectors, which allows more executive trainees to enroll in training sessions for career development.
Clair Hattle, Director, IH Dubai said: “Business continuity and performance are the main challenges for employers during Ramadan, but soft skills improvement for employees can bring benefits for both employers and employees, especially if the programs offer certificates with international accreditation.” 
Hattle added that these qualifications are preferred mainly by UAE nationals because they hold value in the Emiratisation drive, opening new doors to rewarding careers in the private sector.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for management programs and English, and we responded by developing a flexible schedule during Ramadan until July 28. We expect the higher demand for such programs to continue until the end of 2014,” Hattle said. “The UAE public and private sectors have a better understanding, nowadays, of applying international standards to the local workplace by investing in the soft skills of their employees during Ramadan.”
A majority of trainees during Ramadan are middle managers who are climbing up the ladder in their professional career paths. They choose Ramadan because of reduced workload in their workplace, and this leaves room for pursuing skills development programs.
Failan Saleem, Marketing Director, IH Dubai added: “We reduced the registration fees by 15% until the end of this campaign on the 28th of July, however training can commence anytime before the 31st of December, 2014. Our aim for this offer is to encourage companies in the UAE to consider this period for employees’ skills improvement.
Saleem concluded: “We take pride in enjoying a significant share of the training sector in the UAE. We notice that language, soft skills and ILM programs are among the top choices for local trainees during the Ramadan period.”
IH Dubai has been operating in Dubai for the past 10 years. It is part of IHWO, a 61-year-old body that represents a network of institutions worldwide committed to implementing high quality standards in education and training. 

Demand for Leadership training rose 15 % in first quarter of 2014, compared to same period last year

More UAE businesses focusing on developing their leaders from inside instead of exporting from overseas says International House Dubai
Dubai, UAE, 8 June 2014: International House Dubai (IH Dubai), a leading institution offering practical skills-based courses with international accreditation, has said that demand for leadership training in the UAE has risen 15 percent in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the corresponding period of 2013, thanks to the rebound in UAE economy.

“There is a significantly high demand for leadership and management training amongst UAE businesses across different industries,” says Clair Hattle, Director, IH Dubai. “UAE businesses are more challenging to training companies and centres to develop up to date programmes specifically tailored to boost the leaders practically and intellectually.”
IH Dubai believes that owning proven skills and practices in leadership helps in acquiring soft competencies in decision making, coaching, issues management, mentorship and inspiration and many other independent areas.
Hattle added: “The success of the leadership and management training disciplines in the UAE can be attributed to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai who has injected a culture of excellence and competence in the public and private sectors, thus setting a customized practice for these two very similar yet delicately different disciplines.”
“Producing competent management leaders in the private sector is crucial. Exporting executives to run businesses might not be the right strategy as leveraging on the current workforce of any entity is better than getting new executives from overseas who would not be aware of the market context,” emphasised Hattle.
Hattle said: “We pride ourselves as a certified centre for the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), the UK’s largest management body, combining industry-leading qualifications and specialist member services.”
ILM is founded on the principle that skilled managers and leaders hold the key to creating productive workforce that delivers organisational and economic success. Their qualifications and membership services combine to drive up the standards of leadership and management and improve individual and team performance. 
Hattle said: “Last year 90,000 people enhanced their leadership and management skills with an ILM qualification, while over 30,000 ambitious management professionals secured increased professional recognition and support through ILM membership.”
She added: “We specialise in providing lifelong learning and vocational courses to a large cross section of the UAE community, including leaderships in entities and we believe that this sector will be more maturing in the run-up to EXPO 2020 to meet the needs of local private businesses for competent leaders.”
IH Dubai has been in existence in Dubai for the past 10 years. It is part of IHWO which has been established for 61 years as a network of institutions worldwide that is committed to implementing high quality standards in education and training.
Hattle concluded: “Developing leadership characteristics hold the key for UAE businesses’ competencies.”

Certificate In International Compliance: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

UAE, Dubai, July 8th – 11th 2012 – The goal of this course is to provide compliance officers and managers with skills that can be immediately used upon return to the organisation. You will learn to appreciate the extent to which organisations and their public officers are exposed to in the ever-increasing regulatory environment, how to identify the compliance issues that have the most significance for you and how to introduce a compliance management programme within your organisation.

Business Benefits:
* Define the meaning of compliance for your organisation and be capable of developing an organisational response to its demands

* Appreciate the relationship between corporate ethics, governance and compliance, including the market expectation of that relationship

* Know what drives your compliance exposure both at home and abroad and understand the risk consequences of noncompliance

* Recognise the implications of corporate accountability in developing a culture of compliance

* Understand how to produce a corporate compliance programme tailored to your own organisation and learn how to optimise your organisational structure for compliance
Who Should Attend?

This course is designed to provide a holistic overview of compliance. All professionals with responsibility for compliance will benefit by attending, specifically:
* Directors and Senior Managers

* Company Secretaries

* Compliance Professionals

* Risk Managers

* Legal Advisers and Lawyers

* In-House Corporate Counsel

* Auditors and Audit Managers

* Compliance Officers and Managers

Certificate In International Compliance | Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai | July 8 – 11, 2012 | Dubai Events: Training:

Event Name: Certificate In International Compliance

Event Category: Training

Date: July 8 – 11, 2012

Venue: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Certificate In International Compliance
General Enquiry:

Janet D’Souza

Tel: +971 4 335 2437

Fax: +971 4 335 2438
Venue Contact:

Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Tel: +971 4 330 0000

Fax: +971 4 330 3030
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Advanced Financial Statement Analysis Training: Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates

UAE, Dubai, July 18th, 2012 – As the global economy continues to pass through a period of uncertainty, the ability of finance professionals to effectively analyse financial statements and make decisions based on this analysis is increasingly important. Assessing the financial health of a company can be a complex task and a simplistic approach to financial analysis can potentially lead to misleading (and costly) decisions.
This course will provide you with the necessary analytical framework and a wide array of practical tools to help you understand and exploit information in financial statements. You will be shown how to examine the many valuable and relevant pieces that make up a financial statement. Application of advanced techniques will enable you to gain more information out of financial statements, allowing you to better assess a company’s profitability and risk and to make more accurate valuations.

Various approaches to investment analysis and valuation will be explored. You will also delve into specific decisions such as mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, investments and trading that managers face in their organisations.

It is essential for all those who have to read, understand and analyse financial statements. The tools and techniques you will gain from this highly informative course will be easily transferable to the workplace, enhanced through a combination of interactive case studies, exercises and examples.
Learning Objectives:
* Focus on the assessment of business performance through the analysis of financial statements as well as the valuation of off-balance sheet obligations and commitments i.e. documentary credits and derivatives

* Understand the different approaches for pricing a company’s fair value for a variety of purposes, i.e. mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, investments and trading

* Analyse the different problems and risk variables that a company might encounter via the proper analysis of its financial statements

* Detect the weak spots in a company’s performance and eventually assist bank executives to cross sell their different products in asset liability management, risk management, etc

Who Should Attend This Course?

This course will specifically benefit those working in finance and accounts departments or involved with credit and business analysis, investment management and financial decision makers in major corporations, banks and other financial institutions.

Advanced Financial Statement Analysis | Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai | July 15 – 18, 2012 | Dubai Events: Training:

Event Name: Advanced Financial Statement Analysis

Event Category: Training

Date: July 15 – 18, 2012

Venue: Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
General Enquiry:

Janet D’Souza

Tel: +971 4 335 2437

Fax: +971 4 335 2438

Venue Contact:

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha

Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Tel: +971 4 341 0000

Fax: +971 4 409 5013
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ICDL’s new ‘IT Security’ certification program.

Cybercrime is a growing threat for active Internet corridors in the Middle East, ICDL’s new ‘IT Security’ certification program designed to arm computer users against today’s digital dangers.
 Recent high profile cyber incidents in the region have highlighted the increasingly complex, sophisticated and organized nature of cybercrime. According to a Symantec Internet Threat Report 65% of adults globally have fallen prey to cybercrime; the incurred costs of these cyber attacks amount to nearly $114 billion annually as highlighted by another Cybercrime report published by Norton. More than two-thirds of adults who spend time online have been a victim of cybercrime in their lifetime. Cybercriminals attack by the second, resulting in more than one million victims globally every day; that is two citizens every minute in the UAE alone, second only to Saudi Arabia.

These facts underline a growing threat in a region experiencing a rapid surge in technology use by individuals. As of December 31, 2011, the Middle East has posted the second highest regional increase in Internet usage for the period 2000 to 2011 at a rate of 2,244.8 per cent. The GCC region posts the highest Internet growth in the Arab World with around 4 million Internet users that account for a 10 per cent Internet penetration rate.
Individuals at home and in the workplace with low to medium computer experience are especially susceptible to Internet fraud and attacks as they consider themselves adequately protected by their software and hardware, unaware that criminal elements have the advanced skills and persistence to break into their systems.
In response to the growing need for an adapted security awareness programme that addresses these risks at the individuals’ level, ICDL GCC Foundation introduced the new “IT Security” module. This Security focused programme provides the learner with an essential understanding of how to use a computer in a safe and secure manner, protecting personal data and that of other users. With “IT Security”, ICDL will intensify and support government efforts to educate the general public on the best practices of cyber safety.
The new module also provides flexibility and a wider range of options for achieving the ICDL certification. Candidates will now have the choice to take IT Security as an additional module to the ICDL package or replace any of the 7 required modules with this new unit to gain the ICDL Certificate.Individuals can also choose to take IT Security as a standalone certification.
By providing a more flexible approach to certification, ICDL GCC Foundation is responding to market demand; people either want or need to be certified in a broader range of activities from which they can choose.
ICDL-accredited centers will be offering the new ICDL Module 12 – IT Security to impart essential skills on the secure daily use of ICT, such as the use of techniques and applications to protect network connections; data and information management; proper Internet etiquette or ‘netiquette,’ responsible use of Social Media, and Parental Control. Participants will gain a solid understanding of the key concepts related to the importance of secure information and data, physical security, privacy and identity theft.
The module’s content categories include Security Concepts, Malware, Network Security, Secure Web Use, Communications, and Secure Data Management.
“The dangers of the Internet must not be taken lightly. Left untended, security gaps in the home or office network could lead to disastrous results such as identity theft or even physical attacks. The occurrence of cyber-crimes in our region has proliferated due to the lack of awareness, and the lack of educated prevention by the user. The ICDL IT Security module arms computer users with the prerequisite skills to create robust defenses to their offline and online environments, providing them with a valuable asset amidst the surge in Internet activity being experienced throughout the Gulf region,” said Jamil Ezzo, Director General of the ICDL GCC Foundation
ICDL is the world’s most recognized ICT certification widely known and respected for its ethos of not-for-profit and vendor neutrality. Like the program’s 11 other existing modules, ICDL Module 12 – IT Security has been designed to provide real-world examples that make practical skills relevant and deliver content that references relevant studies and statistics. It addresses the need to keep pace with technology advancements and raises awareness on the basics of protecting and preserving data, identity and privacy.