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Thinking of a career in project management? 5 ways the Project Academy for Sellafield can help

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If you’re considering training in project management, to support career progression or a career change, the Project Academy for Sellafield could be just the thing you’ve been looking for.

The academy has gone from strength-to-strength since it launched in 2016. You might have even spotted it in this weekend’s Sunday Telegraph supplement and on But what makes it the right choice for you?

#1 – The training has been delivered by experts in academia and industry

Magical things can happen when you work with people who have a shared ambition. The academy is an amazing example of that.

When we came up with the idea for the academy it was always our intention to work with others in developing and delivering the training. The University of Cumbria deliver the training that is developed in collaboration with industry.

Don’t believe us? How about this for a team effort… later this year the university will become the first site to offer a degree level 6 Apprenticeship. That course was developed with us and other leading employers, including BAE Systems, British Airways, Rolls-Royce and the BBC.

#2 – We know that project management can be a career choice or a career change

Thinking of changing lanes and pursuing a career in project management? The academy can help, and you’ll be in great company.

Nadine Lofthouse, one of our planning engineers, changed roles last year and want­ed to upskill. She said: “I was working as a pack­age planner within waste manage­ment and moved into a new role as a planning engineer in the nuclear materials area of the business. I had minimal background knowledge of projects and the way they work. I looked to the project academy to see if there were any available courses to help me build up my project knowl­edge and support me in my new role.”

#3 – You can do everything from a one day course to a PhD

You can already choose from more than 30 training schemes on offer through the academy. These vary from one-day introductory courses right through to PhDs. There really is something for everyone. Download the latest prospectus for more details.

#4 – You can train alongside people who don’t work in nuclear

Project management is the same in the nuclear industry as any other. Whether you work on the construction of an airport, a rail network or a football stadium, the fundamentals are universally the same. So the academy isn’t just training our next generation of project professionals, it is offering accredited training programmes for project managers across the area and across industries.

Lori Cockburn from MAP Group UK Ltd completed her training with the academy. She said: “It’s good to have a mixture of different sectors and experience within the group when you are training. We all learned from each other and ideas were always being bounced around. The academy is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in project management to get into employment in Cumbria.”

#5 – You’ll be part of something that others are looking to emulate

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So we are delighted that companies like Rolls-Royce are using the academy as a benchmark for their own training schools.

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