The Defence Academy’s Business Skills College is preparing MOD students ahead of their February APMP exams in Cyprus following an intense two-day course.
Two trainers from the college flew out to Cyprus in October to deliver a project management course to a maximum capacity audience at significant savings to the MOD.
“The Army Education Centre at Dhekelia in Cyprus had priced up an external training provider that would cost nearly £20K, so we discussed their options and realised that although they could send 15 people to the UK to attend our training courses, it would be significantly cheaper to send two trainers out to them,” explained P3M Training Team Leader, Peter Leighton MAPM.
On arrival in Cyprus however there were 20 people in the classroom rather than planned 15, with a further six on standby hoping for cancellations.
“Fortunately we are used to reacting to last minute changes and we were able to deliver a very popular and well received course despite the room being a little crowded,” said Peter.
“In addition to preparing for the exam in February, everyone was very engaged with applying the information on the course back into the work place straight away. There was a high level of interaction, and everyone was very keen to learn, so it was extremely worthwhile.
“The Association for Project Management are also very interested in our ability to deliver their qualifications overseas and are looking at ways in which we could run exams for people for whom English is not their first language. We are the first training provider to confront them with this challenge.”
The delegates in Cyprus are now studying on the Business Skills College on-line training course in preparation for the team’s return in February to hold the exams.