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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.

9th June 2016

Manon World Champion again!

Manon Bradley, Development Director of the Association, won gold in the M2, 70kg benchpress competition at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation World Championships on 4th June.

After a month of ill-health Manon was relieved to achieve the win with an 80kg benchpress - although a tiny bit disappointed that she didn't improve upon her world record.

28th April 2016

Bringing projects to life - EVA 21 - discount for MPA members

Once again MPA members have been offered a generous discount of 10% on the admission fee for the EVA annual conference. This year's topic is "Bringing projects to Life". It will be held at Armourers’ Hall, Moorgate, London on 16th - 17th June. For more information follow the link below.

To receive your discount quote reference: MPA10
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19th April 2016

HS2 Roadshows

Starting in May 2016, HS2 Ltd will host 11 roadshow events across the UK and are eager to meet companies that are interested in exploring the thousands of supply chain opportunities available. Through presentations, face-to-face time with HS2 experts and networking, participants will hear from, and meet with, the HS2 teams and industry partners responsible for Supply Chain. The Roadshow will enable companies from many business sectors and sizes to discuss the work packages that will be available, understand how to get involved, and how to get in the best position to win work.
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