Minister congratulates APM on record achievements at Northern Ireland event

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Posted by APM on 10th Dec 2014

APM has celebrated a record-breaking year of achievement and marked the 21st anniversary of its Northern Ireland branch with a joint celebratory event at Ulster University recently to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of its MSc in Construction Business and Project Management. 

Northern Ireland joint eventThe events guest of honour, Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry (pictured centre), congratulated APM and Ulster University on their strong, collaborative links and a joint commitment to the professional development of project managers who are contributing to the success of many and exciting projects around the province, such as the Greater Belfast Development.

Minister Farry also applauded the growing career opportunities for those within the profession: The University of Ulster and the Association for Project Management are to be congratulated on achieving these milestones and the collaborative partnerships that they have developed.

We have seen, at first hand, the changes that have taken place right across Northern Ireland, particularly in recent years, in terms of major infrastructure projects. 

The development of a new Belfast City campus is a creative and exciting initiative representing the creation of a modern university right in the heart of the city centre. The new campus represents an investment of 250m in the city and I welcome the huge boost that it will provide to both the local and wider Northern Ireland economy.

Also speaking at the event; attended by senior practitioners, academia and alumni in the field of project management; was APM president Tom Taylor (picture top right), who congratulated the APM Northern Ireland branch committee on its achievements.

He also highlighted the impact APM was having with employers and practitioners in the country: "APM's growing corporate membership base demonstrates the increasing recognition at a corporate level of the value of the project management professional's skills-set and an increasing awareness by employers of the benefit of a more formalised and professional project management approach.

"I am delighted to see high calibre, locally based companies, such as Allstate NI, who I visited earlier today, joining APM. In 2000 47% of firms who ran projects had a project management office. By 2014 this figure had grown to 80% with each having on average eight staff members with finance and IT now the two largest business sectors for project management recruits," remarked Tom Taylor. 

He also congratulated APM Honorary Fellow and Ulster University course director Mike Browne and his university colleagues on 25 successful years of its highly regarded MSc in Construction Business and Project Management and the valuable contribution it makes to raising the standards of the project management profession. 

"We have seen a marked increase in higher education courses in project management right across the UK and beyond, reflecting the buoyancy of the profession, said Tom.

APM NI Awards Best Student Award
DEL Minister Stephen Farry presents Ulster
University graduate 
Ciara Toner with APM
NI Award for Best Student. With them 
are
UU Provost and Pro Vice Chancellor
(Development) Alastair 
Adair (left) and
Gerry Coghlan, Chairman of APM NI Branch (right).

This particular MSc has set very high standards, has a strong international reputation and equips its graduates with a set of skills necessary when developing their future career. APM NI's Award for its Best Student was set up to encourage research into the area of project management and recipients go on to very successful careers both at home and abroad."

The event was co-hosted by Provost and Pro Vice Chancellor (Development) Alastair Adair (pictured top left) who showcased the 250M Greater Belfast Development as an exemplar of the transformative power of major projects. He said: The emerging campus on the skyline of the northern edge of the city centre heralds the architecture of the new Belfast.

As one of the largest and most exciting construction projects taking place in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Campus project is creating a transformational educational environment that will further enhance the social and economic vibrancy of the city and in particular its northern quarter for generations to come.

"The new campus is providing immediate benefits in the construction sector through employment. Many of those involved in the project are alumni of the university as well as members of the Association for Project Management."

Last month APM announced at its annual general meeting that the association had enjoyed another record-breaking year.  APMs annual revenue has grown by 300k from last year to 7.5m, the highest in the associations history, highlighting growth across all areas of the charity.

As well as membership reaching an all-time high of 21,150 individual and 547 corporate members, APM has had a record 14,400 candidates sit qualifications this year. The flagship APMP: The APM Project Management Qualification has grown by an impressive 26% from last year.

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