The Association for Project Management, the chartered membership organisation for the project profession, has launched a Channel Islands branch, promoting networking and sharing of knowledge in the sector. It is one of 13 branches across the UK.
‘We are delighted that the Channel Islands will now have its own autonomous branch serving the project profession across the islands,’ said Scott Crittell, a fellow of APM and project manager at Butterfield Group in Guernsey, who is on the new committee.
‘Together with fellow committee members, we have spent the last few years gradually building awareness of project management as a profession in its own right, and the importance of professional training and qualifications, including APM chartership.
‘Project management is sometimes seen as a bolt-on to the day job, and companies often fail to understand that project management work is a distinct role requiring specialist skills.
‘The project profession is undergoing considerable growth. Many important sectors here on the Channel Islands such as financial services, construction, civil services, tourism and hospitality and healthcare all have strong project management requirements.
‘Having a dedicated branch represented by the only chartered body for the profession will have tremendous value and bring greater validity to the profession as a whole.
‘We look forward to working with APM on an exciting programme of events and opportunities including training and development for individuals at all levels – including those people doing project-related work but who might not necessarily have the title of project manager.’
APM chief executive Professor Adam Boddison visited the islands recently and has met many APM members.
‘The new branch will help to support project professionals working across different sectors where project management skills are so important, and to help encourage people to look to project management as a career path in the future,’ he said.