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Project Management Training Courses on the Rise and Expected to Leap Again in 2012
Project Management Predictions from 2011 Confirmed

London, UK – December 14, 2011 – As predicted in ESI International’s Top 10 Project Management Trends for 2011, interest in public training, especially in programme management, is skyrocketing with a 98 percent increase in overall course bookings for ESI in the UK for 2012. 2011 was also the year of leadership, a further prediction that came true in the form of increased interest in business skills courses, especially in leadership and communication.

Despite economic woes, top performing organisations are continuing to invest heavily in project management training and coaching, as they have identified that investing in workforce development is the primary investment to produce a greater return. Better-trained employees lead to a higher likelihood of customer satisfaction and better business.

Next year will continue to see a growth in the area of programme management as corporations and government agencies finally recognise that their large initiatives, such as the construction of the Olympic Village, actually takes the form of a programme, not just a project. Those who do not recognise the importance of training in this area will risk being left behind in 2012.

Alan Garvey, ESI’s Managing Director, EMEA and Asia, said, “Companies are not only continuing to train their staff; they are actually increasing their investment in training, despite the current economic climate. Many of our predictions for 2011 have come true, including the importance of leadership skills for every project manager’s career and the need to support their development for long-term success.”

“For 2012 we predict that programme management will gain momentum and become even more popular. In fact, companies are already booking places on programme management courses well into 2012. Being able to deliver programmes requires more advanced skills than project management, and therefore requires more training.”

ESI International’s Top 10 Project Management Trends for 2012 will be released on January 5, 2012.

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ESI, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE:INF), helps people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative learning. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programmes through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Va., USA. To date, ESI’s programmes have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide.