Teams from Wood plc, ODE, KBR and Sellafield were the prize winners at the January ECITB ACTIVE Cup held at Cranfield University’s School of Management.

They were among the 11 teams to take part in the high-pressure project management competition, where teams oversee a simulated construction project. Teams of five contenders from Wood plc, ODE and KBR shared the top prize while the team from Sellafield took the most improved accolade for their excellent performance.

This year’s scenario saw teams of five deliver a high-tech environmental monitoring centre along an industrialised stretch of South American river to a fixed price, negotiating loans and working under intense time pressure.

Nigel Spencer, ECITB Director of Development & Quality, said: “Project management competence is the absolute bedrock of effective delivery of projects in our industry. Being able to forecast completion dates and the cost of a project is what keeps a project on track or enables people to make contingencies. This programme delivers that in three days of high pressure, immersive training activity.”

Organised by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), the ACTIVE Cup is run in collaboration with and hosted by Cranfield School of Management. Now in its 27th year, the ACTIVE Cup is just part of the ECITB’s wider project management training programmes aimed at raising skill levels within the engineering construction industry.

Dawn Thompson, ECITB Senior Account Manager, said: “Running a project is not for everybody, but everybody should understand how a project is run, and that is what the ACTIVE Cup teaches industry.
“Our companies tell us this is one of the best ways of developing their staff – some even have it written into their training plan for staff for their graduate employees. With so many glass trophies in board rooms around the country, combined with the fact that some companies having won the ACTIVE Cup nine or ten times, there’s always plenty of competition.”