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Democracy is killing our infrastructure

Massive construction

At the APM Programme Management conference last year, there was a tremendous presentation from one of the grandees of major infrastructure programmes and projects in the UK. He outlined how politics were and have been at the root cause of the degeneration of the UK infrastructure over many generations.

I had always thought of the Victorian era as our golden age. I was disappointed to find out that most of the investment was by entrepreneurs rather than our government, and most of them ended up broke as a result of the altruism.  Therefore, the only people making money out of infrastructure appeared to be the builders.

The golden age of UK infrastructure investment was the 50’s and 60’s – an era pre-dawn of Thatcherism.  That was when big decisions and actions were taken on  motorways, power stations, schools  and infrastructure. It is the period we remember for the demise of railways and not much else, so history has been very unkind to that generation.

It was also an era of nationalised industries and high levels of government controlled investment. Apparently the countries that have the highest levels of infrastructure investment tend to be a little light on the democracy side of things, hence the conclusion that democracy is killing our infrastructure.

By chance I have come across this excellent youtube video which looks at mega project failure and provides an interesting insight by Michael Hobbs into a major tunnel project in Seattle


I hope you enjoy it

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12 things you should know about PMQ (APMP)

APM – Project Management Qualification (PMQ) is the flagship qualification of the Association for Project Management. Tens of thousands of project managers have chosen to obtain the internationally recognised International Project Management Association Level D certification.

If the below is of interest to you, then come join us in Manchester for our upcoming 5 day PMQ course on 13th – 17th February and gain your PMQ qualification with one of our experienced trainers. Click here for more details


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How to enhance your career prospects with APMP

Adding the APMP qualification to your CV will enhance your career prospects. This qualification is not something that the average project manager is undertaking so when you go through a course with an accredited training organisation, it speaks volumes for you. This 5 day course is appropriate for people working in the management of projects ranging from individual assignments through to large capital projects or company organisational changes.

Visit our website for more information about our upcoming APMP course.

Hear about the benefits from three holders of the qualification and three corporate representatives who have embedded it into their organisations, below:

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APMP 5 day course special offer, £1,195

The APMP Level 7 Project Management Qualification is knowledge based and allows candidates to demonstrate knowledge of all elements of project management.apm-logo

APM – Project Management Qualification (5 day – 31/10/16 – 04/11/16)

Course Benefits

  • Application of APM glossary terminology
  • Increased confidence to delegates in real world application of project management
  • Thorough coverage of applicable APM Bok6 knowledge areas
  • Delegates will be fully prepared to take the APMP examination

What is included in the course?

  • A 5 day course delivered by a qualified and experienced trainer
  • APMIC eLearning will be included as part of the pre-course
  • APMP: The APM Project Management Qualification – Study Guide
  • APMP examination
  • 1 year free access to any of our following Foundation and Practitioner eLearning courses; PRINCE2®, MSP®, MoP®, M_o_R®, P3O®, Change Management and Managing Benefits (License valid for 12 months upon completion of  the APMP course)
  • Refreshments including lunch, tea and coffee

Location – Blackfriars, London

Price – £1,195 per person

Please contact coursemanager@aspireeurope.com for more information or alternatively please call our office on 01275 848099

M_o_R®, MoP®, MSP®, P3O®, P3M3® and PRINCE2® are [registered] trade marks of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.


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12 things you should know about APMP

APMP is the flagship qualification of the Association for Project Management. Tens of thousands of project managers have chosen to obtain the internationally recognised International Project Management Association Level D certification.

View full image 12 things you should know about APMP (and the 12 key facts) to help you decide if APMP is the right project manager qualification for you.

To view the Aspire Academy outline for this course click here



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APM Project Challenge Update

Since October 2015, Team Aspire Europe have been working hard raising money for the Tag Rugby Trust and taking part in the APM Project Challenge.  Our final report was submitted on 18th March and today we received notice that Team Aspire Europe have made the finals of APM Project Challenge!

We are all so happy and pleased our hard work has been recognised and we will get the chance to present to all participating teams and their sponsors at the Finals night on April 28th in Bristol.

We would like to thank everyone who supported us during Project Challenge and helped us raise an amazing £2,907,74 for the Tag Rugby Trust. TRT will now be using that money to purchase equipment to screen our eLearning modules that were created to build project management skills for the young leaders of the TRT. As well as this they will use the money to support the branches of TRT all over the world.

Team Aspire Europe will ensure to keep you all updated and provide a review of our presentation after the final on April 28th and thank you once again for the support to help such an worthwhile charity.

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Statement relating to APM’s application for Chartered status

We were recently provided with an update by APM on its application for Chartered status.

“In 2013, the Privy Council unanimously recommended that a Royal Charter should be granted to APM. This decision was challenged in the courts.

The Court of Appeal handed down judgement in January 2016 rejecting PMI’s appeal. The Court of Appeal also refused permission for PMI to appeal further to the Supreme Court.

The time period for PMI to apply direct to the Supreme Court for leave to appeal has now expired. This means that the current judicial process has been concluded.

APM will now focus on the processes required to be granted, and to implement, a Royal Charter. We will notify further developments as soon as we are able.”


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