Finance Minister announces government partnership with APM

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Posted by APM on 3rd Oct 2013

Finance Minister announces government partnership with APMThe Minister for Finance & Personnel Simon Hamilton last week announced a new corporate partnership between the Northern Ireland Departments and Europes leading professional body for project and programme management, the Association for Project Management (APM).

With significant new investments announced including social and affordable homes by 2015; major upgrades for road infrastructure as well as further multi-million investments in ICT, effective programme and project management will be at the heart of their successful delivery. The initiative emphasises the importance of continual investment in professional skills development and knowledge transfer in the effective delivery of complex government programmes that have the power to transform society and release benefits to the wider Northern Ireland economy as it begins to move to recovery.

Speaking at a special event held in Stormont on 26th September to launch the new partnership Minister Hamilton (pictured centre) said: Successful delivery of our programmes and projects presents our departments and practitioners with multiple challenges. Funding and governance arrangements tend to be diverse and can involve a wide range of stakeholders.

I believe that the new corporate partnership with APM will open the door to a new level of project management, with a key emphasis on professionalism and good practice. I have made it a priority to seek more efficient and innovative ways to deliver public sector services. Im therefore particularly interested in how professional project management can support the wider agenda of public sector reform. Good project management will undoubtedly have a key role to play here.

Also speaking at the event, which was attended by over 60 senior civil servants including Heads of Government Departments and the committee members of APM here in Northern Ireland, APM president Tom Taylor predicted an increase in demand for the skills of the project professional across all sectors as public and private organisations continue to grapple with the challenges of delivering more value with less resources. This new corporate partnership between one of Northern Irelands largest employers and APM takes us one step closer to our vision of a world where all projects succeed, said Tom (pictured left). We are looking forward to collaborating with the Northern Ireland Civil Service in the sharing of best practice and learning resources to enhance people skills and capability in the delivery of major programmes and projects.

Acting as the Centre of Expertise in project management, the Central Procurement Directorate within the Department of Finance & Personnel will take the lead on an action plan to embed the partnership across the organisation. It will be supported by APM, based at Princes Risborough in the UK, as well as by its Northern Ireland branch committee which is chaired by Leslie Warren (pictured right). In his closing remarks Mr Warren said, that the collective buying power of the public sector was vital in stimulating economic growth here and would be a much needed boost especially within the construction sector.

APM has over 20,000 individual and 500 corporate members making it the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. With a respected track record of improving professional standards and capability, it is also an Olympic Delivery Authority Learning Legacy Partner.

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