Basic Train-The-Trainers

Building skills and improving knowledge of employees helps companies stay competitive whilst impacting the bottom line positively. However, more often than not, the benefits and return on investment (ROI) of the training may not be immediately apparent. In order to maximize the value obtained from empowering employees in this manner, companies need to constantly upgrade the knowledge and skills of their senior staff and subject matter expert, to facilitate the impartation of knowledge and technical skills, based on their experience and expertise; to younger employees. Hence, the need for a Train-the Trainers Programme.

Best Practice in Audit Reporting

For an audit exercise to fulfil its purpose, the report emanating from the process must be written using a format that is easily understandable and actionable. Such report must be the right tone for diverse readers and address the needs of multiple audiences. Thus, effective reporting is an essential aspect of the audit process. Therefore, organizations should continually upscale the skill sets and competencies of its audit and other related functional staff in writing good audit reports that can facilitate effective decision making within their organization.

Basic Financial Statements Analysis

Financial statement analysis is a useful tool for gauging the health and credit worthiness of a business. Managers must therefore, acquire this skill to enable them make sound financial decisions. The course is designed to enhance the skill of analysts and others in making investment decisions.

Compliance Risk Management

Many financial institutions are increasingly being sanctioned heavily, due to default of regulatory rules and guidelines. If measures are not taken to mitigate such sanctions, these could have enormous effects on these institutions’ financial stability as going concerns. The essence of the course is as such, to educate the participants on how to mitigate such risk by adhering to both regulatory and other enforcement bodies' directives, in order to pay attention to driving the organization's goals.

Basel III & IV with Risk Management for Professionals

Basel III is an extension of the Basel II framework new capital and liquidity standards to strengthen the regulation, supervision, and risk management of the whole of the banking and finance sector. The Basel III requirements were in response to the deficiencies in financial regulation that is revealed by the 2000's financial crisis. Basel III was intended to strengthen bank capital requirements by increasing bank liquidity and decreasing bank leverage. Howbeit, whilst Base III focused on the reform of regulatory capital, Basel IV changes the approaches for the calculation of Risk Weighted Assets (RWA), regardless of the risk type and irrespective of whether standardised approaches or internal models are used.

Effective Budgeting and Cost Control

The business environment is dynamic and business plans, more often than not, tend to deviate when budgets are compared with actuals outcomes. The inherent uncertainties and complexities in business have led to the development of various managerial tools, techniques and procedures to facilitate successful management of business. Amongst these, budgeting is the most common and widely used standard device for effective planning and control. The course is designed to enhance the skill of analysts and others in making investment decisions.

Real Estate Financing

Real estate assets are distinctive, expensive, complex, irregularly traded, and often rely on capital from third party investors for its financing. The major issue in real estate development and investment is financing. The capital intensive nature of real estate development and investment, demand adequate knowledge of the business environment and the risks associated with it, before committing to invest. This course is designed to emphasise both the theoretical and analytical aspects of real estate financing.

Enhancing Boards Cyber Risk Oversight

With the increasing digitalization of corporate asset, there has been a corresponding increase in the digitalisation of corporate risks. Consequently, financial institutions are confronted with cybersecurity risks more the ever before. Cyber risk is a serious enterprise-level risk that affects virtually all levels of an organisation’s operating activities. Several issues combine to make the nature of the risk formidable: its complexity and speed of evolution; the potential for significant financial, and reputational damage; and the realisation that total protection may be an unrealistic objective. With cyber attacks and data leakage growing in numbers and complexities, posing daily threats to financial institutions across the globe, the boards of these institutions are more than ever before challenged to improve their oversight of cybersecurity, with greater resilient, transparency and diligence. Cyber-attacks can damage an organisation’s reputation, threaten intellectual and physical property, impact market value, as well as erode stakeholders’ confidence and goodwill. Considering the adverse impact of this scourge on financial institutions, effective management of cyber risks becomes not only a business and strategic imperative, but also a critical aspect of the board oversight roles and responsibilities. Directors must continuously assess their capacity to address cybersecurity, both in terms of their own fiduciary responsibility, as well as their oversight of management activities. Ultimately, cybersecurity is a human issue. The board must bring its judgment to bear and provide effective guidance to management, by ensuring that the organisation’s cybersecurity strategy is appropriately defined and sufficiently resilient, given its strategic imperative and the reality of the business ecosystem in which it operates.