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Project Management training designed for charities and non-profit organisations. This system is currently used by a wide range of charities, local councils, arts organisations, public sector organisations and many other non-profits.

Project Management training for charities

A powerful and systematic model to plan and organise projects 

Over two intensive days participants will discover how to scope a challenging or ‘messy’ project – one where outcomes are uncertain or there is high risk of change.

The programme involves identifying project drivers, purpose, outcomes and success criteria. You’ll also acquire a portfolio of tools to map a project including Work Breakdown Structures and Gantt charts.

This programme enables you to plan and manage projects so that results are delivered to schedule and specification. These two days provide a thorough grounding in =mc‘s practical and highly adaptable Systems Model avoiding the ‘clunky’ processes of PRINCE 2 and other frameworks. The model is specifically designed for the not-for-profit sector and is adaptable to any project – short or long-term, simple or complex.

This online learning session is split into four half-day modules delivered across 2 weeks. You can progress through the programme to the point that suits you best, attending just the first module or all the way through to the fourth module. The more modules you book, the lower the cost of each module – think of this as a reward for committing to your learning journey. Note that you cannot attend the later modules if you have not attended all the ones before (e.g. you cannot attend module 4 without attending 1, 2 & 3). Book the whole course for £360+VAT (£432) or try the first module for just £120 and see what you think.

About the sessions:
Module 1 (11 November, 13:30 - 17:00)
  • understand the characteristics of projects and project management frameworks
  • create a rationale for your project
  • set measurable results and success criteria
Module 2 (12 November, 13:30 - 17:00)
  • understand the roles of project sponsor and project manager and identify the appropriate level of project governance
  • identify, prioritise and manage stakeholders
  • assess and respond to risk
Module 3 (25 November, 13:30 - 17:00)
  • work with others to scope projects effectively
  • plan your project activities and use project management tools to gain control over projects
  • use sequencing and Gantt charts to schedule projects accurately
Module 4 (26 November, 13:30 - 17:00)
  • manage decision-making and influence others to engage with your project
  • effectively handle project challenges
  • monitor, evaluate and learn from projects

Module 1
£120 +VAT

Module 1 & 2 £220 +VAT (£110 per module)

Module 1 & 2 & 3 £300 +VAT (£100 per module)

FULL COURSE: Module 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 £360 +VAT (£90 per module)

=mc uses Zoom as a virtual classroom, where the modules will take place. The platform enables high levels of participation. To take part in =mc online learning you will need access to a computer with a working microphone, speakers (or headphones) and a webcam. You’ll need to be in a quiet space with a good internet connection.
Sorry the date doesn't work for you this time. All our public training is scheduled when enough demand is there, so please register your interest here, and we'll let you know as soon as a new date is set.
If you have 5 or more people to train it's worth getting in touch to discuss in-house options. These include:
  • your choice of structure – as well as choosing dates to suit you, you can also decide whether to have the content delivered full days, half-day sessions or 2-hour bitesize sessions over separate days.
  • tailoring options – if you're looking to focus on particular elements of the programme, we can look into this.
  • self-directed learning – this enables participants to set learning goals, acquire knowledge and skills, set their own actions and evaluate themselves using a customised web portal which we'll build for you.
In order to make sure your in-house training needs are met, the best way to start this process is with a conversation (for free of course). Contact us online or call 020 7978 1516 to speak to one of our experienced consultants.

For more information on the differences between online and face to face training, as well as our social distancing guidelines, visit our Learning and Development page.

Who is the programme for? 

This programme is designed for people who are responsible for managing and planning messy projects – from an arts festival to a social change campaign.

  • “I love the Systems Model – it’s exactly the flexible structure I’ve been looking for to better manage my projects.”

    Begay Jabang, Senior Finance Business Partner, The Brooke

  • “The two days were just what we needed as a team. The content was enjoyable, flowed well and allowed us to really get to grips with the tools and techniques. I am confident that it will have a profound and lasting impact on the outcomes of this team moving forwards.”

    Connor Natella, Regional Graduate Manager (South), The Challenge

  • I wish I’d done this programme years ago – brilliant methods and shareable tools that will benefit the whole team.”

    Charly Fraser Annand, Grants Manager, Lumos

  • “Great to have a really flexible approach to managing projects, with the support of an array of tried and tested planning tools.”

    Holly Kilroy, Emerging Powers Coordinator, Crisis Action

  • “I now have a set of tools to put into practice straight away – something I have never had – brilliant! They’ll no doubt be of use for projects in the future too.”

  • “I love the Systems Model and plan to get my team on to using it straight away. It’s so simple, but also clearly a very powerful tool that’s immensely useful at every stage of a project, from defining what it’s designed to achieve at the start to delivering them to time and budget.”

    Mike Bailey, Business Analyst, Canterbury City Council

Outcomes for you and your organisation

After an interactive and practical two days led by a skilled =mc consultant you’ll be able to:

  • access a systematic model: confidently plan and manage all projects, short-term activities or complex long-term processes, straightforward or ‘messy’ using the =mc Systems Model
  • plan effectively: acquire reliable and flexible project planning tools that everyone can use including work breakdown structures, and Gantt charts
  • scope projects: identifying challenges, plus mapping customer and stakeholder needs
  • analyse risk: quantifying possible challenges in any project and assessing its likelihood and potential impact on your project
  • set and measure results: ensuring you create clear outputs and outcomes using milestone reviews to keep your project on track.

This programme is invaluable to organisations desiring a shared project language that is simple to implement and powerfully effective.

If you’re interested in the 1- or 3-day programmes get in touch for information on the different outcomes.

Learning approaches

This programme combines:

  • theoretical approaches, individual reflection and development planning
  • opportunities to focus on real work projects
  • peer-to-peer coaching and active learning
  • participation in a team projects to practice your new skills

Following the programme you’ll be given access to our Project Management online resource centre, where you can download templates of the tools to use.

Different to being a project manager, if you’re a project sponsor, responsible for overseeing projects at an organisational level and accountable for their results, read about the Project Leadership programme

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Course Details

Start Date: 11, 12, 25 and 26 November 2020

End Date: 26 November

Duration: 4 x 3.5 hour sessions

Venue: =mc Virtual Classroom

Cost (excl. VAT): £120 - £360 (+VAT)

Laura Slater

About Laura Slater

Laura specialises in project management and management development Laura has 8 years experience in the charity sector, in particular developing and delivering volunteer and community projects. Before joining =mc...


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