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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Rovsing Management for 100% pass rate on their MoP® Foundation exams.

Well done to our trainer Alan Summerfield who delivered this course and helped all delegates pass their exams.

 

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APM Project Challenge Update

As many of you will be aware Aspire Europe have entered a team into this years APM Project Challenge and have chosen to raise money and provide project management eLearning to the Tag Rugby Trust. A quick update on our progress so far!

Combining our on-line and offline donations we have now raised around £1150 which is amazing and we would like to thank everyone who has donated for their generosity and anyone who would like to donate please follow the link below to our JustGiving fundraising page.

Sam and Alice are due to do their 15,000ft sky dive (highest possible jump without oxygen) in just 38 days and have funded this completely out of their own pockets, therefore any sponsorship for them would also be welcomed and greatly appreciated.

The team start our public fundraising this Friday night at the Bristol Rugby vs Ealing Trailfinders game at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, where we will be raising awareness, collecting funds and selling prize draw tickets. We will provide an update to how we got on next week.

Finally we have been contacting many different organisations from local rugby clubs to international rugby to help us with our cause, and this week we received a lovely email from England rugby commending us on the work we are doing and commenting “What a superb project you are involved in” (England Rugby Union Social Responsibility Manager). This was so exciting to receive praise from someone so prominent in England Rugby.

For any further information or to make a donation please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Aspire-Europe and we hope to provide more exciting updates soon.

 

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Congratulations Plymouth City Council

Congratulations to our customers at Plymouth City Council, achieving a 100% pass rate for their P3O® Foundation qualifications.

And well done to Nick Carter, our trainer, for helping them achieve a full house.

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Transition between current and new Civil Service Learning contracts

We have recently received the following news from Capita:

Capita CSL’s current contract with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) for delivering Civil Service Learning (CSL) requirements is ending and contracts for future services are being tendered. You can find the announcement of the first phase of contracts here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/award-of-learning-contracts.

The requirement for delivering bespoke learning, including to the professions is still  being considered (Gateways) and is yet be published. Transition arrangements are now being put in place to manage the closure of the current contracts.

We appreciate wholeheartedly your work on our behalf in delivering learning through the CSL contract to date and recognise that these opportunities remain an important potential revenue stream for you. We are writing to keep you informed and explain what we know about arrangements during the transition period.

Civil Service Learning anticipates that the majority of Gateway applications for the remainder of the current contract will have been identified by the end of 2015, although we can continue to accept urgent requirements until 28th February 2016. We will honour and manage all Gateway projects that start before 1st March 2016; however, they will have to be completed by 28th February 2017 when our transitional arrangement with CSL ends.

If any Gateway projects extend beyond February 2017, these will be managed on a case by case basis.

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Book review: MSP Survival Guide for Business Change Managers

An excellent review of our book – MSP Survival Guide for Business Change Managers!

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Henny Portman's Blog

default.aspxRod Snowden wrote the book MSP Survival Guide for Business Change Managers for those who are Business Change Manager (BCM) – one of the key roles – in a programme. You will get practical advise about your role and your responsibilities looking at themes and the transformational flow in a programme.

If you are the BCM there is no need anymore to read the official Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) guide. This book provides you with the key concepts from MSP and is divided in three parts: Introduction to programme management, the governance themes (the biggest part of the book) and the transactional flow. In the appendices you get an overview of the information baselines: boundary, Governance and management documents and you get your involvement as a BCM with specific MSP documents. E.g. the Benefit profile is a document you write, where e.g. programme manager writes the blueprint but you will…

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Cycling 206 miles in a day by Andy Murray of Outperform

Nearly 2 years ago my best friend passed away after losing his battle with Leukaemia, aged only 44.  In his memory 3 of his friends (Alan Kinnear, John Kinnear and Tony Pez) spent Sunday 07th June on the saddles of their bikes riding from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, to Wrexham in North Wales. I supported, by tracking them all the way in my broom wagon (my camper-van) providing spares/tools, food/water and much needed change of shorts.

The ride will be 206 miles, give or take a few wrong turns, with a final ‘sting in the tail’ with the Horseshoe Pass at the end. They will be doing this in a single day and no doubt will have sore backsides as well as legs as this will be the equivalent of running two Marathons consecutively.

The reason for this ride is to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Not a day passes when we do not think of Mark, because he was a phenomenal bloke, and he would have done this and much more for us.  We watched Mark fight cancer, and thanks to the generosity of an anonymous stem donor in Germany, he beat it.

Cancer is not what killed Mark. A lung infection did. He could not fight it due to the immune suppressing drugs which he had to take. It was a typical ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ cancer treatment.

DONATIONS, still open. The money you give will help towards finding a solution as to how to cure cancer without compromising a body’s ability to repair itself. Whatever you give, it will help.

The link to the Just Giving Page is:

https://www.justgiving.com/Alan-Kinnear1/

The link to Strava for the route is:

https://app.strava.com/routes/2278605

The reason for the route is that Mark grew up in Wrexham, but then lived in Stevenage through his 20’s before returning to Wrexham to settle down.

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Dilbert leading the Project Board

We thought you would find this one very amusing, and so true to life for many of us.

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