A PILOT course for ex-military jobseekers to help translate their military skills in the commercial world has been hailed a success by its organisers.
SaluteMyJob, in partnership with the Corsham Institute and Pyne Consulting, offered ex-military jobseekers, serving members of the Armed Forces in the process of resettlement and reservists, a free, one-day Project Leadership course, at Hartham Park on July 27th.
The aim of the course was to help former Service men and women with some experience in programme or project management to adapt their knowledge and apply it to the commercial environment.
Course leader, Adrian Pyne, said:
“Project management and Agility are much in demand in the commercial world. While there are many similarities in culture and approach between the services and civilian organisations, the differences can make effectiveness take longer to achieve. This course is designed to help ex-service people hit the ground running in project based roles in the commercial world.
During the course, delegates learnt how to shape and run an Agile project through a series of commercial case studies. Adrian said: “Project success depends as much on how supportive the organisational landscape around a project is - or not, as how well the project itself performs.”
Delegates were also able to practice and improve their knowledge of the principles of project management, during breakout exercises. This also provided them with the opportunity to improve their competitiveness for project roles, focusing on presentation of skills and behaviours, both in their CVs and at interview.
Those who attended the course gave great feedback. Justin Woods said the course had given him a
“better understanding of Project Management and what is involved”.
Andy Weller agreed. He said:
“Project Leadership Course - exactly what is says on the tin. For me, very good revision period leading hopefully into successful interviews.”
The course was based on the Association of Project Management [APM]’s Body of Knowledge. The APM’s competencies were built into the course, with particular emphasis on the core competencies, notably: Leadership, and Professionalism and Ethics.
“I wanted to give delegates a real feel for some of the real life challenges faced by commercial and public sector projects. So the exercises were drawn from several industries, and from both the commercial and public sectors”
SaluteMyJob runs similar courses for commercial clients, tailoring military project experience to the client’s established methodology. For more information, visit www.salutemyjob.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.