Learning & Professional Development

MM_0013Delivered by leading trainers, coaches and professional development specialists this Zone will focus on the various opportunities and training initiatives available to PM professionals to enable them to advance their careers.

All attendees are eligible to attend these FREE presentation sessions which will be delivered from open zones within the exhibition hall.

We are currently curating the sessions for October 2021 and hope to welcome back many of the speakers scheduled to talk at the postponed 2020 event.

Descriptions of the 2020 show seminars are below for reference.


Whether you are new to PRINCE2, or are looking at re-registering your Practitioner certificate, we will take you through a full PRINCE2 Overview in just 40 minutes. You will leave this presentation with a great amount of knowledge about PRINCE2 and other associated methods.

You’re advised to grab a strong coffee immediately before the presentation, as we will be covering 340 pages, 7 processes, 7 themes and 7 principles. All attendees can register for free access to e-learning for PRINCE2, APMPFQ, PRINCE2 Agile, AgilePM and MSP Programnme Management (all worth over £500)

Speaker Bio

Paul is Managing Director of SPOCE – the World’s first PRINCE2 accredited training organisation.  Paul has been a PRINCE2 approved trainer for over 18 years, and has worked with hundreds of organisations in developing and implementing best practice project and programme management.

Paul is also the Chairman and co-founder of ASPECT, which is the association for promoting excellence in consultancy and training.  Over 30 accredited training organisations commit to a charter to provide the very best standards in the delivery of their services.  Full details of this are available on www.accredited.org.uk.  Initiatives such as this are really only achievable by Paul’s reputation and relationships with clients, partners and competitors alike.

Because the pace of change is always increasing, the expression ‘Agile’ is universally used yet moving towards agility in practice is challenging to achieve and as a result many organisations are not yet getting the full benefits associated with the various Agile ways of working.

This presentation will explore a range of Agile approaches and techniques that businesses as a whole could adopt to improve project execution performance.

If you are concerned about your use of Agile or excited about how Agile could improve your business performance, please join the seminar. Jack will provide insight and practical suggestions based on experience of applying agile solutions internationally.

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Carol will be discussing the growing importance of digital learning for project professionals as part of their ongoing professional development. Her presentation will examine what makes a great digital learning solution from a user point of view; what content, functionality and experience users want; and how people’s unique learning preferences should be taken into account when choosing an e-learning platform.

Carol will share examples from APM Learning, APM’s online development tool for project professionals, to show how learning resources aligned to the learning needs of professionals should be created and made available.

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This presentation will focus on how you can utilise mind mapping technology and techniques. Liam will discuss the benefits of Mind Map theory and why it is useful in communication and planning.

Mind mapping is an effective method to use in requirements gathering sessions and the construction of the WBS (work breakdown structure). When mind mapping is coupled with technology it simplifies the process and enhances communication.

Mind mapping has traditionally been presented as a tool for planning and organisation, an effective way to develop, organise, and present multiple facets of the project plan. Primarily used for the construction of the WBS, advanced uses of this technique also simplify the complex process of communicating the project plan.

Liam will explain the mind mapping theory and how that theory can be applied to business analysts and project managers. He will also demonstrate best practice techniques in mind mapping and how it relates to technology.

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Have you heard the classic interview question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”. It’s a question that either triggers candidates’ internal megalomaniac or puts them in a tailspin.

It’s an important question, not necessarily for interviews but for individuals. We often hear the words “fail to plan and you’re planning to fail”, but do we learn from this in planning our career and professional development in project management?

There are role profilers and assessment tools available alongside comprehensive support packages that will enable you to progress your career development plan.


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In this session, John will explore the current market conditions in the UK for project management practitioners for both job seekers and those looking to hire. Drawing on the data collected to produce the 2020 Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report and other insider sources he will paint a picture which all PM practitioners need to know about.

With Brexit done; a new majority Government; and impending changes to the IR35 Legislation – we continue to have ever changing market conditions in the UK in which there are both winners and losers.

Buyers Market? Candidates Market? A rush to permanent employment? The end of contracting in the UK? Just some of the questions currently on the lips of many UK based practitioners.

Permanent, Freelance or Between Assignments; Join John as he explores the latest market data and examines what the current market conditions could mean for you.

Speaker Bio

John Thorpe is a director of Arras People, the Project Management Recruitment and Careers company and the author of the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report.

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