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6th October 2017

Sad loss of Anna Stewart, CEO of Laing O'Rourke and former Board member of Major Projects Association

The Association is saddened to hear that Anna Stewart has passed away following a long battle with illness. Sir Tim Laurence, Chairman, of the Association has issued the following statement:

"We are very sorry to hear of the sad loss of Anna Stewart, Chief Executive of Laing O’Rourke 2013 – 2015. Anna was a Board member of the Major Projects Association from November 2014 to February 2016. She brought a wealth of experience and expertise to the Board and was liked by all. She will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends."

4th October 2017

Major Project Association produces Project Initiation Handbook - Ten Tenets of Major Project Initiation

The Major Projects Association have produced a Project Initiation Handbook which outlines 10 tenets of major project initiation. It is designed as an easy to read guide through the 10 key stages in project initiation. The aim is to help project sponsors, leaders and directors to think through what is important before they start on the delivery phase.

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16th May 2017

Major Projects Association launch Knowledge Hub

The Major Projects Association are delighted to announce the launch of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub, an interactive place which seeks to capture and share learning, good practice and innovation on major projects, and connect a network of experts across the industry. There are learning legacy documents and thought-pieces as well as news and a place to "ask the community". For more information follow the link below.

Their will be a formal launch event for members on 24th May. Details can be found on our events page.
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15th November 2016

Trailblazer Initiative - Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Apprenticeships - get involved

The Trailblazer initiative is part of the Government plan to deliver three million new apprenticeships by 2020 which will be achieved by giving employers a greater say in designing high-quality apprenticeships that clearly meet the needs of the employer. As part of the initiative, Sellafield Ltd will lead the Project Management Employer Group to develop the new apprenticeship Standards and Assessment Methods for Project Management in England – these documents ultimately becoming Crown Copyright. They are seeking input from experienced Programme and Portfolio Managers to help shape these apprenticeships.

The PM Employer Group includes companies such as AVIVA, BAE Systems, British Airways, BT, High Speed 2, Rolls Royce, Royal Mail, Transport for London and APM as the Professional Body. Standards are produced by ‘Trailblazers’ (Employer led groups) for BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy). The Standards must be short, easy to understand and describe the knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSBs) that an individual needs to be fully competent in an occupation.

• Associate Project Manager Standard - Approved and ‘Ready for Delivery’ follow link below for more information
• Project Manager (Degree Level) – Gateway 1: Green light given from BEIS to Sellafield to develop a Standard
• Programme and Portfolio Manager (Masters Level) – Expression of Interest submitted to BEIS to develop Standard

Sellafield Ltd are currently developing a ‘Project Manager’ Degree level apprenticeship and aim to be get the green light to develop a Masters level Apprenticeship for a ‘Programme and Portfolio Manager’ around February 2017. To help shape the best possible apprenticeships they need more input from practicing Portfolio and Programme Managers who would become part of the Trailblazer group. Commitment wise they would be looking for people to attend Trailblazer group meetings (approx. every 6-8 weeks – usually in London or Manchester) and to work as part of the group to develop the scope and assessment methods for an apprenticeship as a Project, Programme or Portfolio Manager.

If you would like to be involved or to request more information please contact wesley.robinson@sellafieldsites.com.
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9th June 2016

Celebrating 10 years at MPA

Accountant and CPD facilitator, Ruth Francis, is today celebrating her 10th anniversary of starting work at MPA. "It's all gone so quickly" said Ruth, "I can't believe it's been 10 years."

The Board and Executive team join in congratulating Ruth on her long service and look forward to the next decade.