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Students embark on efficient project management simulations

The Technology Faculty has teamed up with Skanska to deliver a series of one-day training events in efficient project management.

Skanska is a world-leading project and construction company with around 57,000 employees. The global company works with both private and public sector clients and offers building and infrastructure projects, landscaping and utilities projects.

The project management simulation series, which will take place at all three Activate Learning colleges, kicked off with the one-day event at Reading College. Students from a number of Technology programmes at the college attended; providing a great opportunity for students to mix with others in their faculty.

The students engaged in interactive sessions which included presentations and group activities. The students also assessed their confidence and competence in relevant project management skills before and after their training day, in order to focus on their personal learning goals and to celebrate their progress by the end of the day.

Alex Warner, Career Pathways Director at Activate Learning said: “We are delighted to be working with Skanska to roll out this series of events for students in the Technology Faculty. We have previously worked with Skanska on a very successful work-based project and it is fantastic to continue the relationship and see more of our students developing links with an employer partner and gaining vital experiences for their future careers. Project management is a valuable skill for so many jobs and sectors so this training will stand the students in good stead for their next steps.”

John Murray, Strategic Manager at Skanska said: “The support we are giving to the City of Oxford College with the efficient project management simulation demonstrates how Skanska is engaging with the future generation of potential employees for the construction industry, which is currently experiencing a skills shortage. Therefore, it is vital that we attract more people into the industry and that they are equipped with the right training, positive attitudes and a good awareness of how projects are delivered. These training days are a great way to support the students and the college and demonstrates how at Skanska, we build for a better society.”