Leidos graduates and apprentices win national project management competition
(GLASGOW, Scotland) 6 August, 2020 - A team of Glasgow-based graduates and apprentices from science, technology and engineering company Leidos have won a national competition to test their project management skills.
The team impressed judges at the 2020 APM (Association for Project Management) Scotland Challenge finals, presenting details of their project to support the charity Achieve More Scotland.
The annual nine-month-long competition aims to test and sharpen the skills of up-and-coming project managers by challenging them to create and deliver a project to benefit their chosen charity.
The Leidos team, comprising Catherine Fevre, Callum Harley, Jen Clelland, Vickie McArthur and Euan Brady, created a project aimed at collecting sportswear and equipment for Achieve More Scotland, which organises sports and other diversionary activities for young people from areas of high social deprivation.
The team, who joined Leidos’ graduate and apprenticeship programme in September last year, began the challenge in October, collecting donations at Glasgow’s Skypark office complex, where Leidos has its UK headquarters.
They invested in donation bins to be placed in gyms and leisure centres across the city, however, their efforts were cut short by Covid-19 and the closure of all sports facilities.
Team Project Manager Catherine Fevre said: “We got off to a great start with the challenge and received lots of great donations, including a skateboard and kit for a full netball squad. We had just organised our branded donation bins and made agreements with lots of gyms and leisure centres when lockdown happened and they all closed.
“But we quickly adapted and instead organised virtual fitness classes to raise funds for Achieve More Scotland. The challenge may be over, but we plan to continue supporting the charity and will have our donation bins in gyms and leisure centres as soon as they reopen in Scotland.”
Businesses across Scotland entered the competition, with teams from Network Rail, BAE Systems, Scottish Water and Leidos making it through to what would have been a black tie dinner and final awards ceremony. Instead, the finalists presented their final submissions virtually from their respective bedrooms and living rooms before Leidos were named winners.
The team hopes to make up for it when they are guests of honour at the 2021 finals next year.
Catherine added: “It felt slightly strange to make our final presentations virtually. But, it all came together well and we were blown away when they named us as winners.
“We might have missed out on the black tie event this year, but are looking forward to attending next year and celebrating.”
Matt Bruce-Kingsmill, Scotland Chair of APM, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. The team has worked really hard and delivered. I admire their achievements throughout the competition, along with adapting to changing deadlines and deliverables brought about by Covid-19. The judges were all really impressed with Team Leidos’ reports and presentations.”
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos is a Fortune 500 company, employing 1,100 people across the UK, including 250 at its flagship office in Glasgow.
Leidos has an active Early Careers programme which aims to attract, support and develop diverse individuals through its graduate and apprenticeship programmes.
Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 37,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
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