The impact and benefits of the Project Leadership Programme on project leadership skills

In its third year, the APM accredited Project Leadership Programme is supporting project professionals across government to be better leaders. The first participants graduated in November 2017 and with over 700 participants to date, more are expected to complete the programme this year.

The UK Government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) procured the Project Leadership Programme (PLP) which develops capability in the context of project and change leadership, involving some 200 to 300 participants per year across all government departments. The Project Academy is part of a three-party delivery team with Cranfield University and PA Consulting with The Project Academy focuses on the pre-and post 360-degree assessment of participants and a series of coaching interventions.

The key benefits of the programme to participants are:

  1. Improved knowledge to enable participants to rise to the challenge of project leadership, understanding how their personal contribution can make a real difference to the chance of success or failure of a project.
  2. Integration of the tools, techniques and methods of project leadership to lead their team, and engage internal and external stakeholders to foster a culture of responsibility and successful delivery, challenging upwards with new confidence.
  3. Development of working relationships and strong internal networks, with both public sector and external experts, and the wider PLP and Major Project Leadership Academy (MPLA) communities.

The Project Academy’s expertise supports the pre-and post 360-degree assessment of participants, based on a bespoke PLP competence framework. Our senior PPM professionals are experienced coaches and PLP participants benefits from a 1-2-1 coaching regime to tackle live project leadership challenges and to ensure that learning is implemented in the workplace, to the benefit of greater project success.

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