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Home > Consulting > Competency Development > Training and Career Paths

Training and Career Paths

Today, certain organizations provide their project managers with a project management career path. This enables them to reduce their turnover rate.
However, according to a recent PMI® study, only 30% of all organizations worldwide have developed a project management career path.

Furthermore, project management skills have become key skills. It is thus essential for companies to implement an efficient process to ensure the development of their collaborators’ and project resources’ potential.

This therefore requires a structured approach to identify strengths and adapt resources for recognizing and developing individual skills.

Challenges

  • How to retain your best professionals on a project?
  • How to build strong project teams?
  • How to attract the best project talents?
  • How to motivate project teams?

Best practices

When organizations want to develop best practices in project management, this usually requires working on improving the following elements :

  • Assign the appropriate resources according to project requirements by formalizing the project management job ladder, aligning job descriptions and using professional certifications to help define job required competencies and project roles.
  • Implement talent management in project management (attract, retain and develop) by providing specialized project management career paths based on recognized competencies in the field. Use professional certifications to promote the development and assessment of project management professionals. Certifications motivate employees, reduce turnover rates and provide recognized hiring criteria.
  • Maximize the success of your project teams by providing them with development opportunities that meet the organization’s expectations. The goal is to keep these project professionals at the peak of their profession within your organization and in accordance with your strategic objectives. This explains the need to implement an adapted training path at each level.

Our solutions

In close collaboration with its clients, PMGS has successfully developed over the years an expertise in designing career paths and training programs that are adapted to project management. During its interventions, PMGS uses a project process that includes the following main activities :

  1. Review current project management job descriptions in terms of roles and responsibilities. Analyze project environments to confirm that they correspond to project realities.
  2. Assess and benchmark against industry standards. PMGS recommends the use of a recognized international standard such as PMI®’s PATHPRO®
  3. Following this analysis, PMGS will develop job descriptions including roles and responsibilities as well as the professional, interpersonal and leadership skills required to fill each position.
  4. When career paths are developed, PMGS determines the learning paths needed to support the project management career paths and build bridges between the different levels.
  5. When training paths are developed, it is appropriate that they meet the organization’s needs and training goals must produce measurable results. It is at this stage that the need to customize certain trainings is determined.
  6. The last step consists of developing a training schedule aligned on your training goals.

Achievements

  • BULL
  • Schneider Electric