APM announces record-breaking achievements in 2013


16 December 2013 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that it enjoyed a record year in its Annual Report for 2012-13, published in advance of its AGM in November. The results, which show growth and development across all areas of the APM’s charitable remit, demonstrate a profession that is galvanising around the association’s activities and directions.

131216-pmwj18-record-IMAGE“This report for 2012-13 is clear, well presented and most importantly shows very good results – in all areas. These are the best results in APM’s history – so far,” said APM president Tom Taylor (pictured). “Looking back we should remember that these results represent the achievements of everyone related to APM not only during the year in question but also in the preceding recessionary period – whether APM members, volunteers, APM Board members, staff, contractors, suppliers, consultants and friends of APM.”

“Looking forward the contents of this report factually confirm my positive impressions of APM and project management in the UK in 2012-13,” he added. “I believe everyone’s continuing efforts and focus across all fronts, together with the flywheel effects of historical investment, are continuing into 2013-14 and hopefully beyond. These proven and on-going APM and wider successes reinforce that the whole profession is ready to be recognised through a Royal Charter.”

In summary, 2012-13 saw APM acquire a record number of new members taking it beyond the 20,000 mark for the first time. With over 500 corporate members, the membership by March 2013 had reached 21,061, a figure that continues to grow.

In addition, 12,400 candidates took APM qualifications in 2012-13; another record number. Over 340 candidates had attained the profession’s highest standard, APM Registered Project Professional (RPP), a number that has recently passed the 400 mark.

Aggressive growth in the online arena is reflected in the 430,000 individual users of the APM website to March 2013, this figure is now approaching 500,000 users a year, and the 45,000 registered users of its online community. APM’s social media channels  also  saw significant growth; with over 36,000 people now engaged with the association through LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

This sustained growth in activity, and more crucially, engagement in professionalism and the debate surrounding improved project performance has seen the association’s income break through the £7 million a year mark for the first time.

The availability of such funds has allowed the association to continue to develop its membership services, qualifications, events, publications and online activities. Members continue to be at the heart of all these activities. The association has invested in its volunteer programme which, alongside its traditional events, has developed a thriving webinar programme and school and corporate liaison activities. £0.5 million has been invested in the Strategy 2020 programme, the latest phase in realising the association’s vision.

There has been continued investment in the next generation of project managers. Through a joint initiative with Skills CFA, APM developed the first ever Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management for school leavers. It exceeded its target of creating over 150 places by March 2013; it represents one of only two Higher Apprenticeship schemes launched in the UK during 2012-13 that hit their initial target of starters. The joint scheme has won the backing of many of the UK’s leading employers, including Rolls Royce and BAE Systems, and aims to create 775 Higher Apprentices by 2016.

Enjoying its 40th anniversary in 2012-13, APM was a learning legacy partner for the London Olympics, it launched its APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition and APM Body of Knowledge+ online resource, held its largest ever conference and saw the APM Awards sell out six weeks in advance.  A record breaking set of results for the year for the association verifies the unstoppable collective momentum and wellbeing APM is achieving, and without doubt, highlights the formidable legacy of Mike Nichols, previous APM chairman.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 21,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

The APM annual report can be found at http://www.apm.org.uk/sites/default/files/Report2013-web.pdf.

Source: Association for Project Management