Project Management

Incorporating the APM Project Management Qualification
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Without skillful coordination and management, important projects can overrun, go over budget, or fail altogether.
Capable, professionally trained project managers are a vital corporate resource to provide organisational control and assurance.

This Levy-funded programme is designed for people who work on projects, in Project Management roles, or who are on a path to becoming a Project Manager /Leader. A learner's current role must contain project work, to allow them to put their skills into practice.
Award-winning delivery
Curriculum delivered through workshops, one-to-ones, and guided self-learning.
Expert tuition
Each project manager will be paired with a Professional Development Expert (PDE) coach to develop professional behaviours alongside technical skills.
Professional accreditation
Participants will complete the industry benchmark Association for Project Management’s (APM) Level 4 Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

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Develop your project management capability

The Corndel Diploma in Project Management programme lasts 13 months, during which participants will develop new skills and put them into practice in their day-to-day work.

They will learn via a blend of company workshops, regular one-to-one tuition with experienced project management coaches, and access to industry-leading online resources. Upon completion, they will earn the Level 4 APM Project Management Qualification.
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What the programme covers

11 modules, tailored to the needs of your business
1. Leadership & teamwork
Leadership qualities & motivation; Choosing & adapting your leadership styles; Team, creation, development & leadership; Characteristics of effective teams; Virtual teams; Integrity, ethics & compliance
2. Situational context of projects
Structure, purpose and characteristics of portfolio, programme and project; Project context; PESTLE & SWOT analysis; Legal frameworks for projects
3. Structure of organisations and projects
Organisational breakdown structure; Functional & matrix structures; Project roles & responsibilities; Responsibility assignment matrix; Functions & benefits of the project management office; Project governance
4. The project lifecycle
Linear, iterative and hybrid lifecycles; Project reviews
5. Planning for success
The business case; Investment appraisal techniques; Benefits management; Managing information & reporting; The project management plan; Estimating techniques; Contingency planning
6. Stakeholder management & communication
Project communication plans; Stakeholder identification & management; Interpersonal & negotiation skills; Conflict management
7. Scope management
Defining project scope; Change control; Lessons Learnt
8. Schedule and resource management
Requirements management; Work breakdown structure; Scheduling & estimating; Critical path analysis; Earned value analysis; Resourcing; Budgeting & cost control; Consolidating planning
9. Procurement
Procurement strategy; Supplier selection management; Types of contractual relationships; Contract management
10. Risk & Issue management
Risk v issues; Risk management process; Responses to risk
11. Quality management
Quality planning; Quality control; Quality assurance

Lisa Pinfield, Head of Development Programmes, Capita

Capita has been working with Corndel for almost a year now and 450 Capita colleagues have benefited from joining their programmes. This year we have enrolled 100 learners onto the Level 4 Diploma in Project Management. The programme has been seamlessly adapted to 100% virtual delivery of workshops, and the personalised one-to-one coaching, a feature of all Corndel courses, is proving to be more valuable than ever.
This highly practical programme, which is tailored to Capita, is already building learners’ confidence in formalising their approach to and management of a range of projects. I would highly recommend the programme to those looking to scale-up project management capability at such a critical time. ”

Sian Powell, Delivery Support Manager, Phoenix Group

I have been impressed by the flexibility Corndel has been able to provide. They include Phoenix terminology and methodology alongside the standard thinking to provide business context. This has also enabled us to involve Phoenix business leaders within the course to talk about how we manage projects internally. This approach has been popular with our course delegates as it means they are not only learning the “theory” but also how this is applied in practice within the Phoenix Project Portfolio.”

Jayne James, Capability Development Manager, Royal Mail

The highest level of professional support. Nothing is too difficult and they are always on hand to help with any of the challenges that may arise when working with a large team based across the country.”

Danielle Verge, HR Director, Aliaxis

Working with Corndel over the past 2.5 years we have seen the language change throughout our organisation. Our people reference tools and frameworks when they discuss business challenges and conversations are inquisitive and directly linked to our business strategy. Corndel are a pleasure to work with. Everyone wants to do a great job and is qualified to do a great job. This is a highly effective partnership.”

Richard Glasson, CEO, Hogarth

This is a really important initiative for Hogarth. It’s important that we carry on with the programme during these times. The course content is strong, the programme is valuable and I’m looking forward to seeing the impact is has. Thank you to Corndel for turning this around and enabling us to launch this virtually.”

Our People

Our coaches

We have more than 100 in-house coaches across our programmes. Clients are given dedicated coaching teams who have extensive project management and leadership experience. Featured coaches:
Amanda Warner
30 years' experience of project and programme management within the aviation and transportation sectors with extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, focused on continuous improvement and operational excellence.

Samantha Taylor
15 years’ experience as a commercially astute Project Manager with sound business strategy across commercial, charity and public sector businesses. Samantha is a PRINCE2 Practitioner, APMG with a Diploma in Transformational Coaching.

Ross Marshall
12 yrs+ experience of leading teams in an Operational and Project Management role, across both the public and private sectors. Ross is a PRINCE2 Practitioner with a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology, University of Surrey.


Recognised professional qualification

The APM Project Management Qualification

The APM PMQ is the industry benchmark qualification awarded by the chartered body for the project profession.

Candidates will sit the APM PMQ examination towards the end of their programme and receive comprehensive preparation and exam practice.

The Levy

Invest in project management

The programme is purpose-built to align to the Associate Project Manager apprenticeship standard.

This means you can use your Apprenticeship Levy to invest in developing your project management capability.

Our provision is regulated by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and Ofsted.