• Sarah Stone

Blended learning solutions designed around one of the world's leading defence and aerospace partners

Thales Australia is a leading international electronics and systems group serving the defence, aerospace and transport market. As a mature project-based organisation recognised as leaders and innovations globally, project management capability is a core competency for staff across all divisions of the organisation.

Multiple cohorts per year undertake our Diploma of Project Management program, which has been customised to align with Thales’ internal project management methodology, processes, tools and templates. This makes the program highly contextualised as participants are using real work as the basis of assessment, gaining confidential feedback from a professional workplace assessor to enhance their project management knowledge and practice.

With the onset of COVID restrictions, the Diploma program was reconfigured to be delivered online through a blend of video and written content and live-online seminars with virtual breakout rooms where participants collaborate on group activities.

But as always, the proof is in the pudding. A true test of learning interventions is always whether they deliver excellent people and performance results. Primary indicators of course success are completion and pass rates.

These are both sitting at 100 per cent for completed courses, meaning all students met the rigorous assessment standards and achieved a nationally recognised BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management qualification. By contrast, industry norms record an average 77 per cent pass rate and 58.9 per cent completion rate for diploma level qualifications, according to the latest VET data compiled by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research in 2017.

A Benefits Realisation survey revealed even more remarkable results: 71 per cent of graduates are now working in manager roles and 14 per cent received a formal promotion as a result of the capabilities they developed during the course.

Let’s heed the call to support employees and maintain their professional development despite the challenges of these uncertain times. The outcomes are worth it when we align our learning programs with organisational strategy and invest in our most valued assets: people.

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