In 2011, the UK National Audit Office reported that programme and project management training is one of the top 3 categories of government training expenditure, but over 50% of senior managers identify it is at their major skills shortage.
It is also one of the areas that organisations spend the most on, so why is the programme and project management training industry not delivering, the goods.
In this article we share our experiences as an organisation that delivers training and how the intelligent buyer can get a lot more value for money.
If you don’t have time to read the article, here are our Magnificent Seven tips for you.
- Plan professional development and decide what skills are needed – don’t just buy courses because everyone else does. You should have a competency framework defined before you start.
- Consider whether you want people to know about a topic or whether you want them to have skills as the design of the course will be significantly different and decisions on what techniques they need skills in, will be required.
- Different qualifications reflect different competencies; our two exam boards are totally different as APMG test the knowledge of the book, whereas C4CM test the ability to apply the knowledge – both very relevant but very different.
- Consider little and often – a short course (1 day) has less impact on productivity in the workplace and can contribute to gradual improvement in performance.
- Remember that programme and project technical knowledge is only one dimension on an individual’s delivery and developing the right behaviours and contextual knowledge is equally important.
- Consider training in teams – there is more chance of the knowledge being spread across the team and the team element supporting individuals to developing their skills.
- Ensure that the organisational context is in place for the training – we have noted a totally different level of commitment and benefit from delegates attending training courses where they have a hunger for the knowledge to solve a problem.