We spoke to the lead coach for the Asda learners, Samantha Taylor, to find out how the group has worked together to achieve an impressive 100% pass rate, against a national average of 62%.
Congratulations to your learners. You must be very proud.
Absolutely. They have been brilliant. I’m so proud of their 100% pass rate – and each and every result is so very well deserved. The PMQ exam is not a walk in the park; it’s designed to assess breadth of knowledge in all areas of project management, and covers budgeting and cost management, conflict management, communication, earned value management, leadership, negotiation, procurement, sponsorship and teamwork.
Aside from the incredible amount of hard work from the learners, what supported this exam success?
There are a number of ways in which Corndel was able to support the learners through the programme assessment, which I know were greatly appreciated.
“I started a new role in Asda at the same time as starting this course. I now have a lot more confidence in my new role, and the course has given me the confidence to challenge and have an opinion on how projects are run. I’ve also grown in confidence in identifying elements of project management that are being used across the organisation and whether they would be beneficial for my ways of working, so I can continually improve the way I work day-to-day. It has also highlighted some of my own personal strengths that I had been taking for granted, such as having lots of leadership experience and being a strong communicator, both skills and behaviours needed to lead a project team.”
“My leadership style has benefited significantly, and my communication and stakeholder management has also progressed enormously. This is one area of 360 feedback that my line managers had called out and I believe it to be one of the reasons I was promoted. I had often received positive feedback that I had proven myself in terms of technical knowledge and project delivery. The main opportunity for me to develop was behavioural – being a great leader, being strategic. This apprenticeship has helped me with my job by making me much more aware of some theories, models, tools and techniques. It has also helped me not just with project governance but with stakeholder management and communication – identifying and analysing stakeholder needs in terms of power-interest-attitude has helped me progress in developing my communications strategy.”
“I have learnt to ask for support a lot more when there is a gap in my knowledge and to seek further education in all areas of the business. In terms of skills, I now have a lot more data-based knowledge and experience from tracking to analysis. My experience on data science and reporting has been improved over the last 12 months and this is supporting my lead role in data. Time management has been a big learning for me over the last year and how to better manage my diary with the use of virtual teams and delegation.”
“I’ve got a promotion at work from C8 Project Leader (Junior Project Manager) to C10 Project Manager in a new team. In the interview process I was asked how I had developed my skills since I had started and why I was ready to move into the senior role and I feel like the apprenticeship directly helped me secure the position.”