18 October 2017
18:00 - 20:00
Atkins Limited
  • 2017-10-18 18:00:00 2017-10-18 20:00:00 Europe/London The SWWE Project Management challenge competition 2017/18 launch night Please remember to book this event on the APM website. Atkins Limited
Corporate employer ticket: FREE
Member ticket: FREE
Non member ticket: £10.00
Corporate member ticket: FREE
South Wales and West of England branch


The SWWE Project Management challenge competition 2017/18 launch night

Atkins Bistol, 500 Park Ave, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4RZ

The SWWE PM challenge is an exciting opportunity for new project management professionals to practice, learn and develop their project management skills in competition against other teams.

Hot on the heels of yet another successful and rewarding competition last year, this year’s SWWE PM challenge is designed to support this aim by promoting our excellent profession and inspiring our project managers of tomorrow. APM has now attained Chartered status, a game-changing achievement in the life of APM, it is therefore even more important that our project professionals of tomorrow are given the right opportunities as early as possible in order to ensure a sustained level of professionalism in a dynamic and constantly changing working environment.

The launch night will describe the scope, schedule and objectives of the competition and, importantly, answer any questions from participating teams to ensure common and absolute clarity and understanding for everyone.

Outputs and benefits for deserving charitable organisations across our community

  • The theme of this year's competition will be to deliver tangible outcomes and benefits to worthy causes across the South West community.
  • This is the fourth consecutive year that we have run the competition and we again expect a high number of corporate teams to participate in the competition.
  • Project plans will be delivered to the project board by each team in December 2017. The project plan will describe how the project will be delivered and what will be achieved.
  • Final reports will be submitted by each team to the project board in April 2018. The final report will describe how the project was actually delivered against the objectives defined in the project plan.
  • Both the project plan and the final report will be assessed against published assessment criteria (APM BoK competences) and feedback will be provided at every step of the competition.
  • The signature event in the competition is the finals night where four down-selected teams will deliver a presentation to the project board and other attendees where the competition winner and runners-up will be selected and given their awards.
  • An award will also be given for best project storyboard.

Why You Should Take Part

  • The competition makes the art of project management real in a real project environment.
  • Develop knowledge of the success criteria required to successfully deliver a project.
  • Compete against and gauge the performance of other aspiring project professionals.
  • Gain from real-life experience and practice in a wide range of key project management competences and skills.
  • Develop a better understanding of the personal qualities and professional competences required to become an effective project manager, leader and project team member.
  • Newcomers in the profession have the opportunity to develop and practice project management theory in a realistic environment and get the opportunity to be mentored and work alongside experienced project practitioners.
  • Enhancing corporate organisational capacity to deliver successful change through competence development and practice.
  • You will learn that time, cost and performance are very important, but only part of the project equation.
  • This could be the beginning of a new career in project management.
  • The winning team will receive and retain the much coveted, engraved and highly prestigious SWWE PM challenge trophy along with all the kudos and publicity that goes along with it!

Who should take part?

  • Teams will be provided by corporate members from both industry and higher educational institutes (HEI).
  • Collaboration between industry and HEIs is very much encouraged (joint teams have won the last two competitions).
  • Each team must have a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 members.
  • Each team is to prepare and develop a project of their choice that delivers measurable outputs and benefits to a customer.
  • Corporate members will be expected to provide sufficient support for their teams to deliver their chosen projects.
  • All teams must have a mentor, usually an internal corporate representative.

So, why not do your bit for the profession and get a team together! In addition, we would be very grateful indeed for any of our corporate members to provide a level of sponsorship to the competition in order to help us to continue to deliver a professional and rewarding outcome for everyone. We can also promise you an entertaining, inspirational, informative and emotional journey from beginning to end but at the end of the day it’s about getting involved and giving our future project managers the opportunity to learn and to help them to help us to continue to develop our wonderful profession. Feel free to contact Bruce Phillips or 07730283911 at any time. Good luck to all our participants! 

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Previous presentations and webinars can be viewed on the APM Slideshare and YouTube channels.

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