Graduation Day marks the end of the academic year and is always a time to reflect, this year more than ever! 18th July 2017 marked the first graduation from the Project Management courses at University of Cumbria. We had 12 graduates from our Foundation degree in Project Management and eleven graduates from the University Certificate in Project Controls course. It is always a proud moment for staff to see our students graduate and also very pleasing to meet their friends and families at the ceremony. Graduation was in the historic setting of Carlisle Cathedral, definitely a place to appreciate and celebrate a historic moment with our new graduates!
After the graduation ceremony, there was a reception organised by the Project Academy. This was to celebrate the achievements of the students sponsored by Sellafield and also to recognise the success of the Project Academy in making project management education and training available across Cumbria. The achievements of the Project Academy are remarkable in drawing together providers of education and training to improve the skills base in the region.
There were many proud moments at the award ceremony, including the establishment of the Ian Marr prize recognising the Project Management Apprentice of the Year. Sellafield has been at the forefront in promoting apprenticeships throughout its workforce across technical professions. In recent years, Sellafield led the employer groups who have established the standard for associate project manager apprenticeship. This is already making a huge difference with next year hundreds of apprentices expected to be enrolled across the country in public and private sector organisations. The employer group is now submitting the standard for the degree apprenticeship in project management and we look forward to providing this at the University of Cumbria in the future.
So, looking back, we recognise what we have achieved at the University in establishing the project management courses and the Project Academy for Sellafield. We recognise and celebrate and the efforts and achievement of the graduates in getting to this point with the support of sponsors, family and friends. We look forward to working together in the future to provide more opportunities and support for the project management profession.