Managing Projects to Achieve Results - Fully Funded Online CMI Course
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Do you need to boost your project management skills? Are you looking at project management as a future career option? Are you an existing manager wanting to learn more about different project management approaches?

Then this fully funded six week course is for you. Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and delivered by the University of Plymouth, it uses funding from the European Social Fund's Hidden Talent and Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon projects.

The ability to manage projects is a vital skill for all managers. This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to manage projects successfully and overcome problems and challenges. It requires you to evaluate the methods and tools for planning tasks and activities, as well as knowing how to implement and manage project activities, build stakeholder relationships, manage resources and risk, monitor progress and report on outcomes.

The course is available for free for eligible people who either have a Devon postcode or who work for an eligible small-or-medium sized business based in Devon.

What you will get from the course

The course will equip you with the expertise and skills required to manage projects successfully in a variety of different contexts. It will be of benefit to both existing managers and those looking to get involved in project management for the first time.

In addition, you will be provided with membership of CMI for the duration of the course, including access to CMI's Management Direct learning portal, as well as other member benefits, such as the career development centre and mentoring service.

You will receive a Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management from the Chartered Management Institute on successful completion of the assignment.

Course details

The course primarily consists of five weeks of tuition with each week including a webinar and online forum. This will be followed by a recap session and an assignment Q&A in week six. There will also be up to one hour's 1:1 support with the tutor. Finally, there will be an assignment which learners will need to complete and pass in order to get the qualification.

Week One: An overview of project management of some key ideas and concepts

  • Tuesday 9 June, 9:30–11:30: Webinar
  • Thursday 11 June, 9:30–11:30: Online Forum

Week Two: Project Definition, Stakeholder Management, Project Structures, RAEW/RACI analysis

  • Tuesday 16 June, 9:30–11:30: Webinar
  • Thursday 18 June, 9:30–11:30: Online Forum

Week Three: Project Planning Methods

  • Tuesday 23 June, 9:30–11:30: Webinar
  • Thursday 25 June, 9:30–11:30: Online Forum

Week Four: Related Topics, Overview of: procurement, purchasing, cost engineering/project accounting, risk management, project pay back, ROI, Systems Engineering

  • Tuesday 30 June, 9:30–11:30: Webinar
  • Thursday 2 July, 9:30–11:30: Online Forum

Week Five: Project Management Know-hows and Competences

  • Tuesday 7 July, 9:30–11:30: Webinar
  • Thursday 9 July, 9:30–11:30: Online Forum

Week Six: Review and Recap of Sessions one to five + Assessment Workshop

  • Tuesday 14 July, 9:30–11:30: Review and Recap Webinar
  • Thursday 16 July, 9:30–10:30: Assignment Q&A Workshop

Course participants will be expected to meet most of these dates but there is some flexibility as the webinars will be recorded and the content on the online forums will be available to access after they take place.

Participants will be expected to complete the assignment which will enable them to obtain the qualification. The deadline for the assignment will be Sunday 30 August.

The estimated Total Unit Time for the course (which includes the formal teaching time outlined above as well as informal learning and time taken to do the assessment is 51 hours. However, this is based on an average and will vary for each participant.

Eligibility criteria

The course is available for FREE for eligible people who either:

  • have a Devon postcode, and are looking to apply these skills to enhance their career and employability prospects
  • work for an eligible small-or-medium sized business (SME) based in Devon which will benefit from their participation (the SME will need to register with the project if they are not already but details will be provided once the learner registers on Eventbrite).

Other essential eligibility criteria include:

  • right to work in the UK
  • over 18
  • have functional skills in English
  • do not have an existing qualification in Leadership and Management (which includes Project Management) at Level 5 or above.

You will also need reliable access to the internet.

Once you have booked on the course we will contact you to arrange a short interview via Zoom to check you meet the eligibility criteria. During the interview, you will need to show a copy of your passport (or alternative e.g. birth certificate) as proof of your right to work in the UK. Previous participants of Hidden Talent in Devon will not need to provide these details if they have already done so at previous training courses or taster sessions.

Please note that places on this course are subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria above. All courses are subject to participant numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. The University of Plymouth reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient participant numbers are recruited.

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Strategic Employer Engagement and Hidden Talent

The Strategic Employer Engagement (SEE) and Hidden Talent projects provide opportunities to unlock unrealised potential through improving access to higher education for businesses and individuals across Devon.

Supported by the European Social Fund, the projects bring together educational partners across the region to deliver outreach, engagement and skills development activities to promote and encourage participation in higher-level skills, regardless of ability or education level.