APM joins government forum of leading professions

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Posted by APM on 19th Jul 2011

BISThe APM has announced that it has recently been accepted by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) into membership of the Gateways to the Professions Collaborative Forum.

APM joins organisations such as the Chartered Institute for IT, Chartered Institute of Building, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Engineering Council, Financial Services Authority, General Medical Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Science Council to tackle barriers to entry into the professions.

The Gateways to the Professions Initiative was originally set up in response to the Langlands report, funding 24 projects between 2006 and 2008. The Forum was re-launched in January 2010, with an expanded membership of professional bodies and related organisations to encourage joint working and monitor progress against the reports recommendations.

The Forum is led by an Executive Group chaired by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science working on the following key areas:

  • Identifying and expanding the routes into the professions, particularly non-university routes.
  • Internships and work opportunities to maintain opportunities whilst avoiding exploitation including the Forums voluntary Code of Best Practice for High-Quality Internships.
  • Improving information, advice and guidance on careers in the professions.
  • Broadening the criteria for acceptance into university courses feeding into key professions for example by using aptitude tests as well as examination grades.
  • Establishment of a limited set of core indicators by which the professions can measure their progress.
  • Completion of work already underway on the development of a social mobility toolkit for regulators and professional bodies and on-line hosting of information on professional careers by the professions.

The Forum will contribute to the coalition Governments social mobility strategy being developed by the Ministerial Group on Social Mobility, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

APM chief executive Andrew Bragg said: This is a significant move for the association and the profession as a whole signalling the increasing acceptance of project, programme and portfolio management as a distinct, pan-sector discipline.

APM is ideally placed to assist the work of the Forum due to its detailed understanding of multiple entry routes into the profession. This includes our inclusive approach to assessing membership based on experience and our recently launched gold-standard of APM Registered Project Professional which exemplifies our focus on maintaining high levels of rigour whilst maintaining flexible entry-routes and qualifying processes.

We are proud of the fact that our promotion of project management as a 'profession of first choice' has doubled the proportion of women coming into the profession and joining APM. This factor, together with APMs extensive framework for professional development, means that project management makes a significant contribution to the social mobility agenda.

Acceptance into the Forum is another milestone in the associations campaign to raise the profile of project, programme and portfolio management as a distinct profession of first choice and follows the announcement of Ian Watmore, chief operating officer, for the Cabinet Offices Efficiency and Reform Group as speaker at the APM Project Management Conference on 20th October 2011.

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