PMI-Ireland chapter committed to investing up to €36000 to provide teachers of this year’s finalist with expert-led project management training.
The training was fully funded by the Ireland Chapter of PMI. It was the first time that PM training sessions were provided for the schools shortlisted to take part in the prestigious competition.
This partnership enabled young scientists and entrepreneurs to commercialise their ideas and to bring their innovations to reality.
The PMI Ireland chapter provided the training on a voluntary basis for up to 90 teachers prior to BT Young Scientists & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) held at the RDS earlier this year. Teachers were invited to attend one of three training days which were held at the Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin on November 9th, followed by the Kemmy Business University of Limerick on November 10th, and Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork on November 11th.
Speaking about the new training programme, PMI Educational Foundation Liaison Officer, Jackie Glynn said: “PMI’s 8th Global Project Management Survey found that projects with a high priority on project management (PM), were 71% more successful in reaching their goals and original intent. This highlights the importance of PM in the workplace. Therefore, we strongly believe that it should be a key aspect of our second level education. In the same way that the Coder Dojo movement believes that everyone should know how to code; we believe that everyone should have skills in project management, as no matter your profession you are either going to be part of a project team or lead a project.”
“Also, entrepreneurship and project management go hand-in-hand – a great idea cannot become a reality without clear project management. This partnership with the BTYSTE is helping to address this gap in training, and ensuring that our brightest students are better positioned to make their brilliant ideas a viable business,” added Ms. Glynn.
Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, Mari Cahalane says “The Exhibition, and our BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp, provide a platform for young people not only to explore their original ideas but to also develop their projects into successful businesses. However, not all students are aware of the vital project management skills necessary to make this a reality. We are delighted that the Ireland Chapter of PMI is embarking on this important initiative which will provide expert and practical training on the successful development and execution of a project.”
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The Ireland Chapter of PMI is making a commitment to ensure that PM training can be made available to second-level students. To this end, they are currently involved in a project to provide PM classes to Transition Year students.
The PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project management profession, spearheading project management certification, education, research, and training. More than 50,500 people are currently employed in project management related roles in Ireland.