Case Studies & Testimonials

Parallel Project Training specialise in project management training and development. We can provide off-the-shelf certification training or bespoke courses tailored to your organisations requirements. We work with organisations large and small to improve project management capability. We are based in Reading and offers highly flexible and cost effective approaches to project management training. These case studies represent just a small selection of Parallel’s clients in the heritage, defence, transportation, construction and IT sectors.

Oxford Policy Management

Synopsis: Oxford Policy Management (OPM) is an international development consultancy which aims to help low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform. OPM is rolling out a new project management training programme for staff across a range of project-related roles to enable the company to more consistently deliver […]

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Streetworks (Transport for London)

Streetworks is a community-led project funded by Transport for London (TfL) that works with local forums and other partners to improve the local area & build skills within their community. Parallel worked with a streetworks to develop a project management method children can follow. For this work we were a finalist in the APM Awards.

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Essex Cares

Francine Morgan, a project manager with Essex Cares, a company providing social care services to UK local authorities, recently completed the APMP distance learning programme & achieved a remarkable 90% pass rate – one of the highest scores ever achieved via any type of training programme for the prestigious APMP qualification.

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Turner & Townsend

Leading global programme management and construction consultancy Turner & Townsend embarked on a project management e-learning programme in 2012 to enable it's project management professionals to achieve internationally recognised status with (APM) qualifications.

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International Built Asset Consultancy invests in Project Management Development via a Distance Learning programme leading to the APM PMQ Qualification The leading international Built Asset Consultancy ARCADIS sees a real benefit for virtual APM PMQ training.

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Network Rail

In the wake of the independent 2011 McNulty report, which recommended how the rail industry could deliver a safe and efficient railway that represented value-for-money for both fare payers and taxpayers, a transformation has been taking place at Network Rail.

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As one of the world’s leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems providers IFS has a global client base with complex projects, involving implementations in several countries. The bespoke training programme developed for them by Parallel, therefore, focused specifically on the behaviours and competences needed to deliver complex international projects.

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Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Science and technology-based research and development projects, like those carried out by Dstl, often have uncertain outcomes with intangible or obscure benefits. This meant that standard project management courses were largely irrelevant. Parallel, therefore, replaced and adapted courses previously in use at Dstl and introduced a variety of new bespoke...

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National Trust

The National Trust has complex and unique projects and wanted to improve their project management capabilities. Their existing project management framework was incorporated into the training programme devised by Parallel whilst also introducing external project management best-practises to develop a more professional approach to projects within...

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What people say... Testimonials

I completed the APM qualification 5 days over 5 weeks and I found this to be better way due to work commitments etc. Our trainer Carmen was very knowledgeable and I found the first 4 days of the course very beneficial. Unfortunately the final day which was used for revision didn't suit my learning style and I came away feeling more unprepared. Instead of going over all the content we have already learnt and answering any questions we just kept going over 'possible' questions and answers which really didn't work for me. I also found the exam questions to be very different to the ones we have spent time on practicing, so again seemed like a waste.

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8th November 2022

Parallel Project Training provide a well-structured course, enabling an in depth understanding of project management methodologies, structures and challenges to overcome. The tutor (Jan Underdown) balanced the course well and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The online service is exceptional!

thumb Nicola Evans
29th October 2022

Attended the APM PFQ training & certification - One of the best trainings I have been in, the instructor (Jan Underdown) was very knowledgeable on the subjects due to her immense real-life experience in project management, very articulate and took time to ensure everyone understood the concepts.

thumb Thomas Madathiparampil
29th October 2022

Would highly recommend this course. Very well led, Jan skill fully balanced the breadth of syllabus in a pace that was manageable for the 5 week course.

thumb Leigh Haywood
29th September 2022

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) course was very chaotic to say the least. The training provider spent way too much time making kitchen analogy to illustrate structural breakdown and then ended up rushing through the rest of the course and I feel like she missed important bits that we were asked about in the exam.

thumb Martyna Masiewicz
29th May 2022

Took the virtual APM PMQ 6-week course with Paul Naybour. The course was conveniently timed to fit around the day job. Paul is hugely knowledgeable and supportive, teaching both PM principles and exam technique. Highly recommend to others with or without previous project management experience.

thumb Rebecca Unwin
1st March 2022

Had an excellent week intensive PMQ course with Parallel. We had Michelle as our lecturer who was very knowledgeable, patient and helpful. She delivered our course in an easy to understand way and did a great job of preparing us all for the exam. Course material was accessible and varied, certainly no death from PowerPoint. I'd definitely recommend and use again myself.

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29th November 2021

I took an APM PMQ course through Parallel in the past few weeks and I was very happy about the quality of the training material (varied and suitable for all kinds of learning. There were videos, podcasts, printed material). I was especially impressed by the ability of the instructor, she was engaging, organized and super efficient, which helped me as well with my mental organization for the exam. Highly recommended!

thumb Costanza Bellingeri
29th November 2021

I've done the self study course for the APM PMQ certification. The study guide from parallel was pretty comprehensive and sample exam questions and answers really help in rounding out the full understanding of the exam. They also provide podcasts and video lessons.And they mark your sample answers on their online platform. I've had 2 webinars with Paul and he was really helpful at explaining how to answer the exam questions and great at running the webinars (quite funny too). In the end I passed my PMQ and would recommend this provider. But to anyone doing the course it is quite difficult if you do it as self study. I would definitely advise to go for a tutor led course if possible.

thumb Karolis Serenas
29th November 2021

The 2 day lead in to the exam was fantastic and extremely helpful and was a massive benefit and really well organised and run problems doing the exam and could not log into exam do not work from a SIM card if you doing the exam

thumb Paul Randall
17th September 2021
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