New €36k partnership to support teachers

by Ian Begley
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THE Ireland Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) announced its new partnership with the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, in which they are investing up to €36,000 to provide teachers of this year’s finalists with expert-led project management training.
This is the first time that PMI training sessions will be provided for the schools shortlisted to take part in the prestigious competition.
This partnership meets a need for foundational project management skills, essential not only for success at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, but to enable young scientists and entrepreneurs to commercialise their ideas and to bring their innovations to reality.
The Ireland Chapter of PMI will provide the training on a voluntary basis for up to 90 teachers prior to the BT exhibition at the RDS next January. Teachers have already been invited to attend one of three training days across the country early this month.

Training programme
Speaking about the new training programme, PMI educational foundation liaison officer Jackie Glynn said: “PMI’s eighth global project management survey found that projects with a high priority on project management were 71% more successful in reaching their goals and original intent.
“This highlights the importance of PMI in the workplace; therefore, we strongly believe that it should be a key aspect of our second-level education.
“In the same way that the Coder Dojo movement believes that everyone should know how to code, we believe that everyone should have skills in project management, as no matter your profession you are either going to be part of a project team, or lead a project.
“Also, entrepreneurship and project management go hand-in-hand – a great idea cannot become a reality without clear project management.
“This partnership is helping to address this gap in training, and ensuring that our brightest students are better positioned to make their brilliant ideas a viable business,” she said.

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