Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps and leading industry figures recently visited the University of Hertfordshire to find out about an innovative course for project managers which has benefited top UK companies.

The National Centre for Project Management (NCPM) offers degree-level courses which can also be run within a company, enabling project staff to gain a university qualification while they work.

Organisations to benefit from the course run by the UK’s leading business-facing university include BT, HBOS, Royal Mail, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Intel UK, NPower and Royal Bank of Scotland.

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Deputy Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Lynne Sparks and senior figures from Mitsubishi, FWA Group and Northgate met NCPM founder Professor Darren Dalcher.

Professor Dalcher spoke about the work of the NCPM and its vision of promoting project management as a major profession in the UK. He said: “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 was excited about NCPMs achievements and work so far, suggesting that the project could be rolled out 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.”

Grant Shapps is pictured with Alex Mortimer, Director of Business Development, National Centre for Project Management.