The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP recently visited the University of Hertfordshire’s National Centre for Project Management (NCPM) and met its founder, Professor Darren Dalcher. 


Councillor Lynne Sparks, Deputy Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, was also in attendance along with senior directors from local organisations including Mitsubishi, FWA Group and Northgate.


The NCPM is one of the UK's leading providers of multi-disciplinary project management education.  The presentation focused on the Project Management Practice programme – a new degree qualification which integrates the theory and practice of managing and leading projects successfully in the workplace – and included short speeches from senior managers outlining the positive business impact and enhanced staff performance resulting from the course.

Professor Dalcher spoke about the work of the NCPM and its vision of promoting project management as a major discipline and profession in the UK.  He outlined how NCPM’s courses concentrate on building skills which can be immediately applied in the workplace – with great results for the students and improved productivity for their companies.  He commented:  “NCPM’s activities are an excellent fit with the entrepreneurial focus of the University and its established record of working with business and industry.  Projects are crucial to the success of UK Plc. and it is important that we continue to improve our capability and enhance our record of successful delivery. Our programmes and activities are unique in accomplishing just that.”

Grant Shapps MP was enthusiastic about the NCPM’s achievements, suggesting that this innovative focus could be further rolled out both nationally and internationally.  He said: “I’m proud to have this innovative centre in my constituency. The NCPM’s Project Management Practice qualification can really help to enhance project success, therefore increasing competence in organisations and helping businesses grow and succeed.”

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