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Utility Week 11th October 2013

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Operations & Assets Pipe up Roula Michaelides A new generation of energy managers is in the making, aided by online postgraduate training opportunities. I Agreement (PPA). The project will also benefit from the sale of Renewable Obligation Certificates (Rocs) issued by Ofgem. The windfarm is the 11th in the portfolio of Triodos Renewables, which also includes Ness Point and Eye in Suffolk, Wern Ddu in north Wales and Dunfermline in Scotland. If you have an asset or project you would like to see featured in this slot, please send your pictures and details of the project to: paul.newton@fav-house.com n the past three years, the University of Liverpool has seen a growing demand from postgraduate students at executive level for fully online management degree programmes that contain oil and gas specialisms. These online programmes currently have students in management positions at some of the world's most well-known companies. The University of Liverpool's online programmes that include an oil and gas specialism were introduced in 2009. Student numbers grew by 2,416 per cent after year one, and have continued to grow a steady 45 per cent in the years that followed. This level of uptake suggests an emerging class of executives within the energy sector who see an opportunity to build their skill set while learning on the job, putting them in a prime position to move up through the ranks and grasp opportunities as they arise. In areas In areas plagued with skills plagued shortages, those who have with skills taken the initiative to further themselves and lead by examshortages, those taking the ple will not only answer an industry demand but can also initiative can give themselves the best chance advance rapidly of advancing their careers rapidly. The University of Liverpool saw its highest intake of online students with oil and gas specialisms to date in 2012/2013, perhaps buoyed by the industry's interest in the growth area of shale gas. The option of 100 per cent online programmes is a particular benefit. It facilitates study from those working overseas, who could not possibly commit to campusbased learning. It also provides an option for those who couldn't feasibly put their career on hold to go back in to full-time education. Not only do students avoid relinquishing a salary, they can continue to work and see the immediate benefits of the course by applying knowledge as soon as it is learned. The energy sector will continue to grow and opportunities are there for the taking. Million pound projects require astute and capable project managers across all areas of the business and what we expect to see over the next couple of years is the emergence of a new generation of global management in what is conceivably the world's biggest sector. Roula Michaelides, director of studies for the online MSc in project management, University of Liverpool. The University of Liverpool offers the following online programmes with oil and gas specialisms: MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management, MSc Project Management and MSc International Management. UTILITY WEEK | 11TH - 17th OCTOBER 2013 | 21

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