Project management training has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years; and it naturally makes sense for anybody wishing to embark on a full-time career in the discipline to ensure they undertake a professional course in order to obtain a recognised and transferable qualification.
It is also of course imperative on those already engaged in project management to ensure they are up to speed with the latest professional tools. Completing a recognised course in project management is acknowledged as the most effective way to achieve this.
Yet it is not only current or would-be project managers who are benefiting from taking project management courses today. Almost anybody who finds themselves frequently engaged in the planning and execution of tasks designed to improve the ways in which their particular area, department or team operates, will find it a considerable advantage to be able to complete such tasks in as efficient, timely, and comprehensive a way as possible.
Training can be expensive and therefore it is important to ensure the spend is worthwhile and maximised to the full. There needs to be a real return on the training investment, whether you’re an individual looking to enhance your career, or an organisation providing ongoing training for your staff. So here is a guide to help you, your colleagues and your company to decide who should attend project management courses.
- Make a list of all the projects underway identifying the project sponsor and the project manager alongside the project team. These are high priority candidates for project management training courses.
- Those who will soon be Project Sponsors or Project Managers – these are people who you or the company have identified need some training before taking on a new project.
- Those identified via the company appraisal scheme – ensuring that the course is deemed as a ‘must have’ piece of training rather than something nice to have.
- A Gap Analysis can help you understand and prioritise business needs by helping identify any deficiencies or shortcomings that need to be overcome. Click here to see How Gap Analysis can really add value to your business.
From the perspective of general career development, it is worth bearing in mind that the need to engage in such projects is becoming increasingly common, and is affecting more and more employees. This is largely owing to the constant pressures on businesses and organisations to try new avenues of growth and direction; and new ways in which to increase efficiencies.
If you are completely new to Project Management and wish to progress into the industry, a training course is a very good place to start. Have a read of this great article: How to become a Project manager.
At 20|20 Business Insight we have a full suite of Project Management training courses, so whatever level you are at we have a course for you. Click here for the course list.
So there are many factors to consider and we have endeavoured to cover most of these in the following posts, which you should find useful when making the decision of who will benefit from attending a Project management training course.