IPMA International Project Management Association
2 July 2021 / 10:00

Addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal n. 4 and 17: Partnership for Quality Education in Project Management

The collaboration between a multinational corporation such as IBM and a non-for-profit organisation like IPMA is a good way to achieve UN sustainable development goals and put Corporate Social Responsibility in practice.

The first steps started back in late 2019, when an international team of IBM and IPMA met in the city of Grenoble/France to discuss the needs of both organisations and how each one could benefit from each other.

It became quickly clear that in the framework of its CSR policy IBM is committed to increasing the employability of people they “call re-skillers” at the international level. These are persons above the age of forty that either want to change jobs, develop their skills, or engage with quality education in order to re-access the job market.

It also became obvious that a professional organisation such as IPMA had a lot to offer to IBM with its competence-based project management standard, its education ecosystem, and its profession development aspirations.

Furthermore, the engagement model offered by IBM with non-for-profit organisations is the ideal framework to bridge the needs of both organisations by kicking of a project. This project consists of providing content for a platform developed by IBM called SkillsBuild (Skillsbuild.org). SkillsBuild is a free digital platform that gives every adult the opportunity to develop technology and professional skills regardless of their background, education, or life experiences.

What are the main advantages for IPMA to participate in such a project?

First, the provision of the syllabus of the Project Management Fundamentals course is a “teaser” to persons interested in deepening their project management skills and get acquainted with the project management jargon and main concepts.
Second, this ‘appetizer’, could drain those persons interested in deepening their project management knowledge to the registered training partners of IPMA, in order to learn even more about IPMA’s competence-based training and certification model.
Third, it will also offer the re-skillers the possibility to get certified according to the four-level certification system of IPMA, once they have followed the dedicated training courses provided by the registered training providers. This of course would provide IPMA member associations new opportunities and visibility through the registration agreements.

Fourth, IPMA through this project is contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal which is quality education, a societal challenge for many years in many countries around the world.

Fifth, the collaboration with IBM SkillsBuild promotes the brand of IPMA and enhances the possibilities of IPMA member associations to interconnect at the local level with the IBM branches worldwide.

Lastly, through this project, IPMA has proved that it can work with a large and complex organisation like IBM, where stakeholders from different departments and countries need to coordinate and decide together along with the different steps that this project has brought along.

What are the main advantages for IBM?
When “Sign up for a free IBM SkillsBuild account here, then going here, people can check out the new Project Management short online course from IBM and IPMA!”

”IBM SkillsBuild has launched a new digital course and badge about project management! This was possible thanks to IBM SkillsBuild partnering with the non-profit organisation International Project Management Association (IPMA) to introduce people to the basic principles of project management and what it takes to be a successful project manager.
They will learn about:

    • Common project management terms
    • The value of project management
    • Project management approaches: Waterfall, Agile, and Hybrid
    • The role, overall responsibilities, and competencies of a project manager
    • The purpose of the phases of a project: Initiate and Plan, Execute, and Close
    • The key tasks that a project manager performs in each project phase
    • The overall job market and common industry certifications to consider in the project management field.”

As future project managers, candidates can respond to some interactive situations based on a project scenario.
Candidates will complete this 3.5-hour course to earn their Project Management Fundamentals badge!
It is currently available in English.
IBM SkillBuild welcomes candidates to please check it out!

They learn about project managershttps://skills.yourlearning.ibm.com/paths/PROJECT_MANAGER
They check out the coursehttps://skills.yourlearning.ibm.com/activity/ILB-DNRVRVRGKDNQPQ9X

This project would not have been possible without the engagement of the IPMA team Dr. Jesus Martinez Almela as IPMA COD Chair, Joop Schefferlie as IPMA President, Dr. Mladen Vukomanović as IPMA VP Profession Development, and Dr. Rebeka D. Vlahov Golomejić as IPMA Profession Development Manager.
A great thanks to them for having made this project come through after 1,5 years.

A great thanks to the IBM team, Hari Raghavan, Stacey Rosenberg, Lisa Neddam, Carmen San Secundo, Maureen Matuha, Lisa Macri, Maureen Mathua, Claudia Cortes Romanelli for their commitment, and especially Jean-Christophe Knoerzer as Vice-President CSR of IBM.
Let’s keep both organisations moving forward, and maybe addressing additional United Nations Sustainable Development goals.



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Author of this post

Amin Saidoun is Executive Director of International Project Management Association, an international federation of over 72 project management associations around the world. Amin Saidoun, is an economist and graduate from London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is a project manager who gained his 25 years of experience in international projects both in medium sized and multinational organisations in auditing, consulting and the logistics domain. As Executive Director of IPMA, he is in charge of the area Finance and Administration, Business Development of IPMA activities in Africa and the Middle-East. He is involved is various internal development projects and governance. He is author and co-author on various project management and business administration related articles. Among his areas of interest: intercultural project management, leadership and digital transformation.