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APM launches new ‘Projecting the Future Paper’ on the future of work and skills

APM launches new ‘Projecting the Future Paper’ on the future of work and skills

As project professionals, everything we do changes the world a little bit for the better, says Tim Banfield, chair of APM’s Projecting the Future group

Association for Project Management

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Project practitioners urged to join the conversation about future challenges and opportunities around work and skills.

The Association for Project Management (APM) has launched the final paper in its Projecting the Future though leadership series- this one on skills: The Future of Work and Skills.

This report is helping to shape how the chartered body will support and represent the project profession as it addresses the challenges of a fast-changing world.

Projecting the Future is a ‘big conversation’ about the future of project management being led by APM – the chartered body for the project profession, which invites the project community as well as  with wider stakeholders to share its insights on the most pressing challenges affecting the profession and the environment it operates within. The sixth and final challenge paper in the series is on the future of work and skills.

The paper comes as APM’s newly published Salary and Market Trends Survey research report found that most project professionals see people management and stakeholder skills, and project leadership as the most important skills for the future.

APM is inviting contributions to join the conversation and debate the changing nature of work and skills further, including the significant and dramatic changes in working practices caused by the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic.

David Thomson, head of external affairs at APM, said: “Project professionals are at the forefront of planning and delivering successful change to achieve social and economic benefits for the future. In recent weeks, we have seen the world transform at an astonishing pace... Identifying the skills that will help projects succeed in this volatile and uncertain world will be vital in helping the profession fulfil its purpose and support organisations of all types to address change, whether it is climate change, technology or immediate issues like the current pandemic. This debate is about building the capacity of the profession – increasing the numbers and skillsets of adaptive project professionals to meet these new challenges.”

With the Projecting the Future challenge paper series now concluding, APM will begin to draw conclusions and recommendations from the insights shared. These conclusions will influence APM’s learning resources, qualifications and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)programme as well as developing the profile of the profession as it becomes an increasing important strategic lever for delivering change.

Tim Banfield, chair of APM’s Projecting the Future group, said: “This is the sixth and final challenge paper in the Projecting the Future series and we are almost a year on from the launch of Projecting the Future as a ‘big conversation’ about the future of the project profession.

“We have been listening over the past months. Now we need to ensure that our next steps align with what contributors say is needed to support individuals and organisations alike in a changing world.

“The engagement of APM members and wider stakeholders has been at the heart of the success of Projecting the Future. The most inspirational message I have taken away is that, as project professionals, everything we do changes the world a little bit for the better.”

Click here to download Projecting the Future: The Future of Work and Skills.

APM is inviting project professionals to join the conversation at here.



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