24 Nov 2016

AIPM & REA Foundation sign Memorandum of Understanding

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AIPM & REA Foundation sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and Re-Engineering Australia Foundation (REA) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which will have a positive impact on school students across the nation.

The agreement will see the AIPM and REA working hand-in hand to promote project management principles in schools across Australia through REA's applied learning programs.

Dr Michael Myers OAM founded REA, a not-for-profit social enterprise, in 1998 to motivate, equip and guide young people towards technical career paths. Since then the Foundation has engaged with more than 400,000 students.

"Project management has always been one of the core skills in our applied learning technology programs", said Dr Myers. "Project management is a vital component to succeeding at state, national and international levels in our various applied learning programs including F1inSchools, Subs in Schools and the Land Rover 4x4 Technology Challenge."

"Since 1998 we have been encouraging children as young as 10 years of age to have an appreciation of the basics of project management as a foundation for their innovative thinking and engineering and manufacturing disciplines. Every year the bar has been raised in our programs as we produce instantly-employable young people with advanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills. This alliance with the Australian Institute of Project Management will allow the REA Foundation to present project management materials to thousands of students across the nation...making them even more desirable to employers", added Dr Myers.

Yvonne Butler added, “The Australian Institute of Project Management is proud to support this initiative as it is these kids who will be the future of our nation and it is vitally important that we are teaching good project management skills to them at a developing age. There is no minimum age to using good project management principles and it is through programs like this that we equip our future leaders to help change lives through good project management.”

Recent graduates of the Subs in Schools competition, the all-girl "Athena" team from Adelaide's St Peter's Girls' School, won the 2016 National Finals of the Subs in Schools Technology Challenge and went on to represent Australia at the 2016 MATE ROV competition in Austin, Texas. They also spoke about their experiences with the program when they presented at the 2016 AIPM Inaugural Regional Conference in conjunction with IPMA (pictured here).

"We are commencing our relationship by introducing 'Project Management 101' guides to schools and showing students that project management is a rewarding career path. We will also launch a mentor program which will link directly in to that."