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27 April 2018 / 7:44

Starting a Young Crew in Morocco with IPMA TAP- Training Aid Programme in Marrakech and Casablanca

Written by Jesus Martinez-Almela and Amin Saidoun

An important part for the development younger IPMA member associations is mentoring. As indicated in the IPMA programme structure 2020 derived from the IPMA 2020 strategy, mentoring can take the form of supporting the management of an association to create a Young Crew. Having a Young Crew is a condition to become a full member of IPMA.

In the context of the IPMA TAP-Training Aid Programme, Moroccan Project Management Association organised two conferences with workshops in the afternoon in Marrakech and Casablanca with the support of IPMA. 130 young Moroccan students (2nd year and PhD students) and executives from various sectors teamed up in Marrakech to solve business cases and prove their project management talent. The objective of the workshop chaired by IPMA President (former Vice-President Young Crew) Jesus Martinez-Almela and IPMA Executive Director Amin Saidoun was to explain the set of IPMA Young Crew activities and related products. These workshops will help MPMA to be sustainable and to better prepare for the future.

The mixture of knowledge and experience sharing, case studies and feedback sessions  was successful as the commitment of the eight Young Crew teams was showing.
In a country with 34 million inhabitants where 80% of the population is below 35 years, the potential to find young and well-educated people to start a young crew is enormous.

Morocco has a good educational system although project management remains restricted to well-known universities such as Kadi Ayyad in Marrakech. Raising awareness about the importance of the profession in society is still a challenge and the strategic dimension of the topic remains unknown.

On the other side, the analytical skills, attitude to work, social competence and creativity of most of the attendees of the workshop were remarkable. This gives a lot of hope, confidence and trust in the success of the Young Crew in Morocco. Following the workshop, Young Crew of MPMA is now able to form its own board and a Young Crew coordinator was identified to liaise with the YC board of IPMA and start the formal application process for IPMA Young Crew.

This would be the 3rd Young Crew Young Crew of IPMA in Africa and after Nigeria and Algeria.

At the end of the day, MPMA gained new members, a great support from the career center of the Kadi Ayyad university of Marrakech.

A similar Young Crew event was organised the next day in Casablanca hosted in the premises of the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion de Casablanca (ENCG) and the participation of around 300 students.

Young Crew event at Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion de Casablanca, 26.04.2018

The dynamic dean of ENCG Professor Mohammed Benchekroun and his team were very interested in the training and registration scheme of IPMA which introduced to them by Jesus Martinez-Almela during a separated workshop.

Following this, a memorandum of understanding on training in project management was signed between Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion de Casablanca and Moroccan Project Management association supported by IPMA Casablanca on 26.04.2018.


Signing of memorandum of understanding on training in project management between Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion de Casablanca and Moroccan Project Management association supported by IPMA Casablanca on 26.04.2018

Younous Hizebry, the dynamic President of Moroccan Project Management Association  took the opportunity to introduce IPMA to companies working in the mining sector and that could potentially participate in next round of application to IPMA project excellence awards 2019.

After two intensive two days in Morocco, were concluded with a meeting with the board of the Moroccan Project Management Association which after 1 year membership is implementing step by step the milestones of its strategic plan.

In conclusion: Chapeau, en avant Young Crew MPMA ! en avant Moroccan Project Management Association !

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Amin Saidoun

Author of this post

Amin Saidoun is Executive Director of International Project Management Association, an international federation of 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 20 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 and 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