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  • upGrad joins hands with Project Management Institute to significantly strengthen learner outcomes

    Published on February 28, 2024

     Bangalore : upGrad, one of Asia’s largest integrated learning skilling and workforce development majors extends its partnership with Project Management Institute (PMI) – a leading U.S.-based not-for-profit professional association for project management, to launch a new set of market-ready Bootcamps and build a skill-ready-force of tomorrow.

    With a clear focus on learner outcomes, the partnership brings together upGrad Knowledgehut’s best-in-class digital learning experience and advanced delivery platform and PMI’s Project Management expertise and its global standing. Under the arrangement, upGrad has introduced two new co-created Bootcamps and five upgraded short Certifications for Project Management. The portfolio includes Software Engineering Bootcamp (SEB) and DevOps Engineering Bootcamp (DEB), carefully designed for tech professionals with at least 2 years of work experience. The new programs will enable learners with enhanced accreditation and career prospects.

    The curriculum is reverse-engineered to suit the market requirements while also providing learners with stronger technical know-how and implementation capabilities which in turn shall support them in driving greater value and business outcomes.

    The longstanding association dates back to the launch of Project Management Professional Certification (PMP), widely recognized as the industry standard in project management, offered by the PMI.  They have been the leading authority in project management, committed to advancing the project management profession with globally recognized standards, online courses, thought leadership, events, and tools needed to deliver project success. The partnership will enable learners to better leverage upGrad Knowledgehut’s cutting-edge digital learning platforms and PMI’s global standing to enhance accreditation and career prospects. The latest development also strengthens both organizations’ ability to scale across geographies while significantly improving outcomes for learners and enterprises.

    Commenting on this Jacob Varghese, Partner Success Manager, PMI South Asia said, “Today organizations need project professionals who can maximize project success. They are looking for professionals who not only have great technical skills but also have the necessary skill set that helps them deliver greater business outcomes aligned with the vision of the organization. At PMI we are committed to support project professionals at every step of their professional journey with tools and resources for continuous career development. We see this as an opportunity to empower them with execution skills that can propel their career growth.”

    Commenting on the same, Asheesh Sharma – President, Certifications and Bootcamps, upGrad said, “For almost a decade now, we have been working with PMI to ensure our learners get the best possible outcomes. This underscores our unwavering commitment to building a job-ready economy that is primed to tackle the global business challenges of tomorrow. By combining strengths, we can ensure that our learners remain far ahead of the curve. This partnership acts as a distinctive opportunity and firmly establishes upGrad Knowledgehut as the ultimate catalyst in empowering India and the global workforce with the finest and most relevant project management skill set.”

    The Bootcamps are designed to provide learners with comprehensive skills, including project management principles. With over 200 hours of online content, 160+ hours of live training sessions, hackathons, capstone projects, coaching sessions, and more, learners gain practical experience and soft skills essential for real-world scenarios.

    Apart from the Bootcamps, upGrad has also leveraged PMI to enhance its renowned certification courses through meticulous updates and innovations in teaching methodologies, course materials, and learner resources. These include the

    –           CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management): Lays a robust foundation and is tailored for learners starting their careers in project management.

    –           PfMP (Portfolio Management Professional): For senior-level practitioners managing enterprise-wide portfolios.

    –           PgMP (Program Management Professional): Aimed at professionals overseeing multiple, related projects, the revamped PgMP course focuses on advanced skills.

    –           PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner): the updated PMI-ACP course equips practitioners with the latest in agile practices and methodologies.

    –           PMI-RMP (PMI Risk Management Professional): The enhanced PMI-RMP course prepares professionals with specialized skills in assessing and managing project risks.

    An Industry report estimates a steep growth in the demand for over 7,000,000 new project managers in the next 10 years in India making this just the right time for India Inc. to consider such strategic upskilling. Similarly, the global economy will need 25 million new project managers by 2030. That presents a great opportunity for young professionals and a challenge for organizations that need to close the talent gap by finding people with the skills that successful project execution demands.

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