Bosnia contract scoop for FTC

A training company from Newcastle has beaten off strong international competition to secure a contract to coach staff involved in helping to regenerate Bosnia- Herzegovina.

A training company from Newcastle has beaten off strong international competition to secure a contract to coach staff involved in helping to regenerate Bosnia- Herzegovina.

FTC Kaplan already provides professional accountancy training to international organisations based in most of the major European capitals.

Through these contacts, FTC Business School won the prestigious United Nations contract to train managers at the International War Crimes Tribunal in Sarajevo.

Keith Atkinson, FTC management programmes manager, said: "This is a real achievement.

"We are now an approved supplier for the Bosnian government and we expect to win a lot more business because of this."

International organisations led by Nato and the EU have led the rebuilding of Bosnia in the decade since it was ravaged by war.

And now Bosnians are taking a lead role in all levels of government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was keen to ensure that managers in one of the most important offices of state, the Central Criminal Court, had the necessary skills.

FTC Business School won the contract to provide professional management training through a programme to deliver Chartered Management Institute qualifications to senior managers at the Bosnian Court.

Mr Atkinson has been traveling to Sarajevo for the last year delivering training to the first 20 managers. "All of the candidates are keen to learn about Western European management techniques and have been some of the most enthusiastic students I have ever taught," he said.

The programme has been so successful that there is now a waiting list of managers eager to join the next training programme.

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