AN initiative developed by a team of engineers at Dell Limerick to help charities realise their ambitions is being rolled out across the country.
And it is hoped that the project management programme will ultimately go global and assist NGOs worldwide.
The company this week launched a free app to support its PM4LIFE programme, which it runs with the Project Management Institute.
Since being developed in Limerick in 2011, around 60 not-for-profit organisations have attended intensive six-hour training sessions at Dell Limerick. The app supplements these training sessions and allows charities acquire essential project management skills at their own pace.
“What you find with a lot of the voluntary organisations is that a lot of great ideas can’t be furthered because they don’t have the project management capabilities. Their ability to get projects up and running and get it to a point where it is viable can be limited because the skillset isn’t there very often,” explained Denis Kelly, vice-president, global consumer support services at Dell.
Mr Kelly is from Newcastle West and worked in Raheen for many years until transferring to Dell’s global HQ in Texas.
PM4LIFE is part of Dell’s global Powering the Possible mission whereby staff members are encouraged to put their skills to use for positive social change.
The initiative, Mr Kelly said, had been “designed by a team of engineers here in Limerick, all guys who were there when I was there in the manufacturing days and who have adapted into brand new roles”.
Among the local organisations to benefit from the training to date are St Gabriel’s Centre; Special Olympics and community groups in regeneration areas.
Verena Tarpey, of Rape Crisis MidWest, said: “the skills that we learned at the seminar have been invaluable to us. It has completely changed the approach that we take to managing our projects and as a result we are saving time and improving the results on everything that we are doing.”
The app, like everything on the PM4LIFE programme, is free and has been designed for smartphone use. Charities can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.