The first students to complete a brand new course in project scope baseline management were among the latest to graduate from the Project Academy for Sellafield.
The group were honoured at a ceremony hosted by the University of Cumbria which is delivering the ground-breaking academy on behalf of Sellafield Ltd.
“We are incredibly proud of the latest students to graduate from the academy which is going from strength to strength,” Simon Wittridge, head of project transition for Sellafield Ltd said. “Project delivery is a key part of our mission of making Sellafield safer, sooner, and to now have 1300 people using the academy to gain world class qualifications on Cumbrian soil is incredible. What I find even more encouraging is the diversity of people choosing to study with the academy; we have a real mix of young professionals, senior managers, employees from the supply chain and members of the public self-funding their studies. We are privileged to have developed this completely fresh concept for higher education and training and together with the University of Cumbria, we are creating the next generation of project professionals on our doorstep, ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of project skills.”
The latest cohort gained qualifications in project scope baseline management, project controls and foundation degrees in project management.
Lynda Toogood, from the finance team at Sellafield Ltd, is one of the first in the UK to receive a university certificate in project scope baseline management.
“I chose this specific scheme as it offered me to opportunity to develop new skills that will help deliver the projects I am responsible for,” Lynda said. “To be able to get this kind of qualification without having to travel out of the county makes the balance of working, studying and personal commitments so much more achieveable and enjoyable.”
The Project Academy for Sellafield is the first of its kind in the UK and is being delivered by the University of Cumbria, who secured the contract in 2016, along with 6 partners.
Launched 2 years year ago to help increase project capability across the country it has more than 1300 students and is now becoming the gold standard model for project training, replicated by companies across the world.
“In partnership with Sellafield Ltd and a number of other major employers and their supply chains together with the Association of Project Managers (APM) and other providers, the university has developed significant activity in this area over recent years and is now regarded as one of the leading HE undergraduate providers in project management and related fields,” Ian Sinker, head of strategic partnerships and programmes at the University of Cumbria, said. “We are strongly committed to this partnership approach with employers and other organisations and we look to engage in more than transactional relationships in delivering our programmes. The Project Academy for Sellafield is a blueprint for this approach and the deep and broad relationship that is now developing between the university, partners, and other employers is making a significant difference both within the organisations and the region.”