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Educating the Project Managers of tomorrow……

Richard Sumner, project director for Russell WBHO recently delivered a very informative and engaging interactive session with our future crop of budding Project Managers.

The workshop provided the Building Students with a greater understanding of a typical project life-cycle, from inception through to project completion and customer care.  Topics covered included roles and responsibilities of a Project Manager, importance of managing internal and external relationships, leadership skills & role-play managing challenging scenarios.

Alongside the Building Students’ degree studies at The University of Salford, the Project Management module completes a series of Internal Workshops held to-date, including:

  • Pre-Construction
  • Planning & Programming
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Design Management
  • Contract Law
  • Temporary Works
  • Building Services
  • Quality Management

Russell WBHO actively champion the vocational training of their Building Students, supporting both their personal and professional development, recognising the importance of the relationship between academia and the work-setting.  The internal training with our own staff has also been supplemented with external training by industry experts and on-site demonstrations with specialist subcontractors.

John Millward, construction director who helped develop the workshops with the Heads of Departments said, “theoretical knowledge is important, but the ability to apply this in a practical way is so much more motivating and engaging for the Building Students.  Also, I know that the internal presenters fully embrace taking time to share knowledge and experience and find the sessions fun & rewarding.  Huge thanks to everybody who’s helped pull the workshops together”.

The workshops also help shine a light on the full spectrum of opportunities available in the Construction Industry & help provide the Building Students with the foundations for a rewarding career at Russell WBHO.