A representative of Gazprom International participated in the work of the most recent European Business Congress (EBC), which was held in Amsterdam last week.
Rob Veersma, Director Training & Development at the Gazprom International Training B.V. special-purpose education centre in the Netherlands, delivered a presentation at the session of the Working Committee on Human Resources, Education and Science on 31 May. He spoke about the experiences of the Gazprom International group in the field of staff recruitment and development, and about the specific features of the services offered by the Education Centre.
During the committee’s session, representatives from the HR services of companies such as OAO Gazprom, Dutch company Gasunie, Shell Russia and Italy’s ENI discussed the problems associated with the economic situation in Europe and the rest of the world, exacerbated by the shortage of highly-qualified personnel, sharing their know-how in the area of raising qualifications and recruiting experienced staff, and staff motivational programmes.
In his presentation, R. Veersma expressed the belief that staff training, as one of the key elements of the HR discipline, should not be a separate concept. “Integrating training and business is the key to effective company performance”, he noted, referring to the words of OAO Gazprom Management Committee Chairman Alexey Miller that it is human resources management that to a substantial degree determines a company’s level of operational efficiency, and ensures the effectiveness of decision-making and the quality of setting of management goals.
The European Business Congress (EBC) is an international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation, comprising 141 representatives from 25 OSCE member states, including OAO Gazprom, Shell, ExxonMobil, Total, Wintershall, E.ON Ruhrgas, GDF SUEZ, ENI, Siemens, Petrol, MAN Ferrostaal AG, Daimler, Alcatel, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank, BNP Paribas, UBS, Societe Generale and a host of other major corporations and banks. The President of the EBC is Alexey Miller.
During the Congress, delegates discuss practical issues relating to economic cooperation in Europe, and proposals for the creation of conditions to facilitate the effective and secure conduct of business operations. The EBC carries out its activities in working committees focusing on seven key areas: energy; industry and construction; law, banking and finance; information and communication; environment and healthcare; human resources, education and science; and business security.
Gazprom International Training B.V. was established in 2011 with the aim of providing additional training and raising the qualifications of employees of the Gazprom International group.