| Growing our social media community
Success on our digital channels
Our LinkedIn channel reached an impressive milestone of over 100,000 followers. Our LinkedIn Live sessions achieved 20,000 viewers. We grew our TikTok following to over 14,000 with four million video views and 80,000 engagements.
APM Community mobile app
Our new APM Community mobile app for members launched last year. The app connects project professionals from around the world and provides direct access for all users to the APM Community - APM’s online forum. We reached over 600 app users in 2022/23.
Women in projects
Our editorial campaign explored issues including career progression, flexible working, mentoring and tackling myths around discrimination. The campaign included blogs, interview articles and video interviews that were syndicated and shared by partner organisations, to reach the widest possible audience.
The campaign included blogs, interview articles and video interviews that were syndicated and shared by partner organisations, to reach the widest possible audience. The campaign culminated in an online roundtable featuring prominent women from the project profession. This roundtable was made available on demand and was viewed over 5,000 times by the end of the business year.
Welcoming our youngest Chartered Project Professional
In July 2022, we congratulated Bel French, Infrastructure Project Manager with construction consultant Gleeds, who it was announced had become a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) aged just 22.
| Identifying and enabling the right skills for the project professional
APM Learning developments
Since launch we’ve developed over 40 modules covering the majority of APM competence areas. These are supported by guides, 100 learning podcasts, tools and templates. We have over 40% of individual eligible members registered on the site.
Throughout 2022/23 we published a wide range of books and reports. These included Neuroscience for Project Success – Why people behave as they do by Carole Osterweil and our report on Project Management in post-conflict and disaster zones.
Our publications are also available on the RNIB Bookshop, where learners with a visual disability can access large print and braille books free of charge.
We also worked closely throughout the year with Crossrail to publish a Learning Legacy journal. The journal is a collection of six papers sharing lessons from Crossrail, one of Europe’s largest engineering projects. As an official learning legacy partner, APM was responsible for reviewing the content and publishing the findings.
Our APM Mentoring Programme marked its 12-month milestone in February 2023. The programme enables mentors drawn from APM’s global membership to support and guide people in the early stages of their career, returning to work or who are new to the project profession.
We reached have 237 working pairs with 268 mentors registered after one year of being available to members.
| An outstanding professional body
APM 50th anniversary
2022 was APM’s 50th anniversary year. Celebratory activities included 50 Projects for a Better Future - a showcase of the 50 most inspiring projects from the past 50 years which have had a positive and transformative impact on society, the economy and environment.
More than 600 projects from across the fields of construction and engineering, technology, healthcare, education, sports and nature, arts and media were nominated for inclusion by a panel made up of APM members, APM branch representatives, board members and industry experts.
The 50 Projects for a Better Future list was published on our website and a hardback book was also produced and distributed.
On 31 October 2022 we unveiled a new brand identity and logo. This was the culmination of a brand refresh to reflect how the organisation has evolved. The new brand identity includes the new strapline.
| ‘Because when projects succeed, society benefits’, which reflects the power of projects to make the world a better place.'
Launch of digital badge for volunteers
In February 2023 we launched a new digital badge for our volunteers that recognises the valuable contributions they make and raises their profile across the profession. We also published a new web page to highlight the vast number of opportunities there are for people to get involved with volunteering at APM.
By the end of the year, nearly 900 volunteer digital badges have been issued.
| Awards and other achievements
Best Companies two-star rating
We were proud to achieve a two-star Best Companies rating in March 2023. This represents ‘Outstanding’ levels of workplace engagement and continual improvement from our 2022 score, which gained a ‘very good’ one-star rating.
Association Excellence Awards
In October 2022 our Corporate Partnership Programme took first prize at the Association Excellence Awards. The judges commented: “This was a very strong partnership demonstrating effectiveness.”
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)
As the only chartered organisation for the project profession, it’s vital for us to continue working to promote, engage and champion diversity across the profession. In 2022 we published our Diversity and Equality policy online to make our goals more visible to the public and to increase confidence in our commitment to DEIB.
Our volunteer community supported this work throughout 2022/23, contributing blogs that cover important topics like mental health, neurodiversity and inclusion.
Our branch network ramped up its DEIB activity, both online and at physical events, and this was well received. A significant highlight was our first-ever Black History Month themed panel discussion hosted by London Branch committee member Mohamed Ali. Over 80 cross-industry guests explored a range of topics including representation and inclusivity, with delegates describing the event as “brilliant and really engaging”.
Thank you, volunteers
The winners of our annual Volunteer Achievement Awards were announced in November. The awards recognise and reward the invaluable contribution that volunteers make to the success of the organisation and the wider project profession. Trophies were presented to winners in six categories:
- Branch of the Year - Thames Valley Branch
- Specific Interest Group (SIG) of the Year - People SIG
- Education Volunteer of the Year - Giedre Irtmonaite
- Volunteer Event of the Year - Scotland Branch (partnered Heriot-Watt University)
- Volunteer of the Year - Dale Shermon
- Special Achievement - Kevin Barton
The time our volunteers dedicate to APM and the range and breadth of activities they help us deliver is a huge factor in our success, and the future success of the project profession. For this, we are truly grateful.
Sarah Slater, Volunteering Manager at APM, said: "I know just how much effort our volunteers put into the different activities they support, whether that be mentoring, our events or publications, to name just a few. We rely so much on their support and commitment."