PMI Irish chapter lends expertise to young scientists

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Pictured: BTYSTE prize winners Annie Madden and Kate Madden; Mari Cahalane, BTYSTE; and Jackie Glynn, PMI

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4 November 2016 | 0

The Ireland chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) is investing up to €36,000 to provide teachers of this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition finalists with expert-led project management (PM) training.

The Ireland Chapter of PMI will provide the training on a voluntary basis for up to 90 teachers prior to the BTYSTE at the RDS in January 2017.

PMI educational foundation liaison officer Jackie Glynn said: “PMI’s 8th Global Project Management Survey found that projects with a high priority on project management (PM), were 71% more successful in reaching their goals and original intent. This highlights the importance of PM in the workplace, therefore, we strongly believe that it should be a key aspect of our second level education. In the same way that the Coder Dojo movement believes that everyone should know how to code; we believe that everyone should have skills in project management, as no matter your profession you are either going to be part of a project team or lead a project.

Head of BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Mari Cahalane said project management skills were mportant for turning successful scientific projects into viable businesses: “The Exhibition, and our BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp, provide a platform for young people not only to explore their original ideas but to also develop their projects into successful businesses. However, not all students are aware of the vital project management skills necessary to make this a reality.”

The Ireland Chapter of PMI is also involved in a project to provide PM classes to Transition Year students.

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