Downer Sets New Industry Standards

Insights | 04 April 2018

Downer Sets New Industry Standards for Workforce Planning, Talent Development and Project Management with Award-winning ‘Project Plus’ Initiative.

Project management capability is the lifeblood of Downer and it puts safety at the forefront of all operations.

Downer identified an opportunity to increase the capability of its employees by upskilling key roles working and leading across projects to have an increased level of accredited project management skills.

PM-Partners created and delivered a customised project management capability uplift program designed for Downer – ‘Project Plus’.

The award-winning initiative ‘Project Plus’ now helps to set new benchmarks in project management for the construction industry.

Downer is firmly committed to hiring and developing the best project managers, so it engaged PM-Partners to create a customised program, branded as Project Plus, developed in line with industry standards and aligned to the Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

Project Plus has been designed to equip project management practitioners with the critical skills and knowledge to deliver successful project results for Downer and its customers across Australia and New Zealand.

Candice Mesecke, Executive Manager Organisational Development and Change at Downer, states: “PM-Partners was well placed to help us design and deliver a program that was current, interesting and 100% focused on our business and our drivers for successful project execution.”

A number of trainer attributes were non-negotiable for Downer. For example, as an organisation acutely sensitive to the environments in which it operates, the trainer’s experience had to be aligned with the people they were training – hands-on industry experience, with a demonstrated track record of successful project delivery.

“PM-Partners’ work in delivering a customised workforce development program meant that we were delivering something closely aligned to our Pillars, that delivered to Board-level vision and provided immense benefit to our employees and customers. That’s not to be underestimated,” added Ms Mesecke.

For those working at Downer, or considering employment with the company, Project Plus sends a clear signal of sustained investment in people and opportunities for career development.

Downer sets new standards in global Project Management Best Practice and enjoys one of the most highly skilled, safe workforces in the industry.

Read the full case study here.

For more information on how PM-Partners can develop customised courses for your organisation with emphasis on the issues that affect your employees and specific reference to your organisation’s procedures, policies, industry type and performance requirements please contact us on 1300 70 13 14.

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