Area: Barnstaple, Devon
Train4Tomorrow bootcamp: Agile/ Lean Project Management, Petroc College
Paul Whiting is currently taking part in the Train4Tomorrow Agile/ Lean Project Management bootcamp, delivered by Petroc College.
After a successful 25 year career in the travel industry, Paul was looking for a change and made the life changing decision to switch careers. He took the skills and experience he’d learnt in travel to start a new role as a Project Manager at Petroc College. Despite not having formal qualifications, Petrocs saw potential in Paul, and as his employer and a Train4Tomorrow delivery partner, Petroc College encouraged Paul to take part in the Train4Tomorrow Agile/ Lean Project Management bootcamp, to support him as he developed the skills and experience needed in his new role.
Paul said: “The Train4Tomorrow bootcamp has given me the chance to fast track my skills and knowledge in Project Management, which has helped me to hit the ground running in my new role at Petroc College.”
Not only has Paul found the course informative and helpful for his new role, he’s also enjoying the practical and engaging teaching sessions which take place at Petroc College based in Barnstaple, North Devon.
Paul continued: “It’s great to be back in a classroom setting, learning new skills alongside people working in a range of sectors. The majority of us have no qualifications in project management, but we are all keen and willing to learn, so it’s a really positive place to be.”
During the 12 week course, Paul and his classmates will learn practical Project Management skills as well as professional terms and phrases which are used in a Project Management role. The bootcamp includes 60 hours of classroom based learning, as well as a further 30 hours of remote learning and assignments.
Paul said: “The best thing about the course is the chance to learn from someone who is not just reading from a textbook , but has proven success working in a Project Management role. Our tutor is visibly passionate about the subject, and that is infectious.
Paul continued: “I’ve spent many hours reading quite expensive literature in Project Management, written by industry leaders, but in just a few bootcamp sessions I have already learnt more!”
When it comes to the future, Paul is hoping the course will provide him with skills and confidence, which can be transferred to his daily role, so that he can manage projects successfully using Agile methodology.
The Train4Tomorrow courses are designed by industry to meet skills gaps in the region.
To anyone interested in finding out more about taking part in a Train4Tomorrow course, Paul’s advice is:
“Do not hesitate! I have not been in education for 30 years, so age is not a reason to shy away – the buzz of going home feeling empowered through increased knowledge is hugely rewarding. I am a big advocate for the opportunity the Skills Bootcamps can give and recommend others find out more.”