PL Projects News

Here’s where we share everything that’s new at PL Projects:


9 APRIL 2018 – A special welcome to Marina!

We are pleased to announce that Marina Dooney has joined the company to take over the recruitment side of the business. You can find out more about Marina and her new recruitment role here.

2 APRIL 2018 – 100% pass rate on the PMQ!

We are delighted to announce a 100% pass rate on our most recent batch of PMQ trainees. Well done to everyone who took part. We know there’s an awful lot crammed into this course and it can be a bit overwhelming at times so you should certainly be proud!

For those interested, the next PMQ course we’re running is in Barnsley starting on the 4th June. For more details about what’s involved please visit our APM Project Management Qualification page here.

02 MARCH 2018 – course dates added

We’ve been busy adding some new course dates for the PFQ and PMQ qualifications. Whether you’re in Barnsley, Halifax or somewhere else in Yorkshire and the surrounding counties, we have a course opening for you!

To see the latest project management training dates please click here.

04 DECEMBER 2017 – PL Projects wins ‘Employer of the Year’ at Halifax Courier Business Awards!

PL Projects were crowned Employer of the Year at the Halifax Courier Business Awards last Friday. The prestigious event was attended by the best of Halifax business and was sponsored by a range of companies and organisations including Leeds Beckett University and Lloyds Banking Group. PL Projects faced some tough competition in the category but Mike and Andy were delighted to accept the award on behalf of the company.

We have ben working very hard recently on investing in our employees and working with them to support their career goals and this is seen as a vindication of that work. Well done everyone!

28 OCTOBER 2017 – shortlisted twice at the Halifax Courier Business Awards!

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted twice at this year’s Halifax Courier Business Awards. Firstly the company has been listed in the Employer of the Year Category. As you probably know we are very proud of the extra efforts that we put in with our employees and we work hard to make sure that PLP is a great place to work. Secondly congratulations to Mike Bates who has been shortlisted in the category of Business Person of the Year.

The awards themselves are held on the 1st December in Halifax so we will update you with news following that!

24 AUGUST 2017 – new office opened at Elsie Whiteley Centre in Halifax

We are pleased to announce that we have recently moved into a new office at the Elsie Whiteley Centre in Halifax. We are keeping our official address as the head office but have decided to open the Elsie Whiteley Centre as a base for all our administration, marketing and training courses. We’ve already run several courses successfully at the Elsie Whiteley Centre and spend a lot of time here so moving in properly feels like the right choice.

We look forward to buying you a coffee next time you come in and see us!

14 AUGUST 2017 – a big welcome to Emma and Harry!

We are delighted to welcome Harry Dillon and Emma Huckerby to the PL Projects team, both of whom join on a year’s placement from Leeds Beckett University. We had a large number of applications for these positions but Harry and Emma proved successful. You can find out more about them on the about us page.

We all wish them the best of luck for the next year and are confident that with hard work and dedication they will prove themselves a success.

11th JULY 2017 – Congratulations to everyone at ADL on their PFQ results!

Special congratulations to everyone at ADL who recently received their results for the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification. Following the training we delivered at ADL premises in Falkirk, we’re delighted to announce a 100% pass rate with an average score of 86% so well done to everyone and we hoped you enjoyed the course.

For anyone else thinking of taking the course we still have some places available on the upcoming PFQ course in Halifax (starting on 10th October – you can click here to find out more or book your place on the PFQ course.) or click here if you are interested in exploring some of our training options delivered in company. Simply click on the ‘In Company Training’ tab at the top of the page.

26TH JUNE 2017 – new online training course booking system working well!

The recently introduced online booking system for our training courses is working well. We had a couple of teething problems in the first week but we have now got everything resolved. Of course, if you’re interested in taking one of the courses but have a couple of questions before you do please get in touch with us on 0203 1377111 and ask for Mike Bates who will be very happy to answer any queries you may have.

19th JUNE 2017 – training contract extended with City Council

We’re delighted to announce that one of our training contract with a regional City Council has gone so well that they’ve decided to extend it by a further 12 months.

If you’d like to find out more about our training opportunities and the range of courses and packages we offer please CLICK HERE.

5th JUNE 2017 – book onto upcoming training courses with consummate ease!

We’ve updated our website to include an easy to use booking system for all training courses. Simply visit the training section of our website, select the course and venue that best suits you and get booked in.

If you have any questions just CONTACT US.

14th MARCH 2017 – Kirklees Business Conference beckons…will you be there?

Wendy, Mike and Lisa are looking forward to attending Kirklees Business Conference 2017 tomorrow at the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield.  Looks like its going to be a great day!

MARCH 2017 – more training success for Paul and the team!

A huge well done to our latest PMQ (Project Management Qualification) students – including our very own Aidan McKay.  100% exam pass rate!  Biggest congratulations to you all from everyone at PL Projects.

Our next PMQ course begins on 20th March at RSPB Old Moor, Barnsley – click here for more details.

FEBRUARY 2017 – APM Accreditation renewed!

Mike, Paul and everyone at PL Projects are delighted that we have received our continued APM Accreditation – another year of fantastic PFQ (Project Fundamentals Qualification) and PMQ (Project Management Qualification) courses awaits! Our next PMQ course begins on 20th March at RSPB Old Moor, Barnsley.  Click here for more details, we look forward to meeting you!

10th FEBRUARY 2017 – more training courses completed. Good luck with the exams!

Our latest group of trainees complete their 5 day APM-accredited PMQ (Project Management Qualification) course today at the Elsie Whiteley Centre in Halifax.  Mike, Paul and everyone at PL Projects wish the attendees the best of luck for their exam.

PL Projects’ next PMQ course begins on 20th March at RSPB Old Moor, Barnsley.  Click here for more details, we look forward to meeting you!

JANUARY 2017 – The figures are in!


CoursePL Projects Pass RateNational Average
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification100%96%
APM Project Management Qualification84%74%


The APM‘s latest set of examinations data shows that  studying for your Project Fundamentals Qualification and Project Management Qualification with PL Projects APM Accredited Trainers means greater opportunities for success! Well done Mike and Paul!

Email or visit our training homepage to book your course today.

JANUARY 2017 – we’re looking ahead…

What does 2017 hold for the exciting profession of Project Management?  Our crystal ball is a little cloudy .. but this excellent APM video from 2012 is a great look back at what Project Management has helped the world achieve so far: Video – The History of Project Management

JANUARY 2017 – Fantastic News for the Industry!

Friday 6th Jan: Very pleased to read today that the APM has received its Royal Charter.  It’s a major milestone in the development of our profession, and well done to all at the Association for Project Management who have worked so hard to achieve it.

JANUARY 2017 – best wishes to everyone!

Happy New Year to all our partners and colleagues, we hope you had a great Christmas!

January is a time when many people start thinking about upgrading their skills, sometimes even a complete change of career.  An APM-Accredited Project Management Course from PL Projects could be just the freshen-up your career skills need – click here to find out more about Training with PL Projects.

For anyone completely new to the Project Management profession, we really like this great introductory video from the Association for Project Management (APM) –  it’s a great starting point for finding out about your new career.

Here’s to a happy and successful 2017!

DECEMBER 2016 – training course hits the mark!

Some of our intrepid staff Brett Pryde, Alex Girlan and Wendy Watson were our first delegates on the final part of our “Primavera for the Rail Sector” Training. 

Delivered by PL Projects’ Adam Siddle, this was a full day session at the Media Centre in Huddersfield,  and feedback was very positive.  All that’s left to do now is put these willing volunteers through a webex viva, with Adam at the helm.

An external partner is really interested in what we are working on with this programme, so we will be linking up with them in 2017 to develop it further – more details to follow.  We have another intake running early in 2017 and places are filling up, so anyone interested in joining us should email Lisa Green to register their interest.


DECEMBER 2016 – apprenticeship programme on the way!

Mike Bates and Paul Whitehead are working with a PL Projects key partner to develop a new Project Management Apprenticeship programme.  More news to follow in the New Year!

DECEMBER 2016 – Lisa Green does her bit for local charities!

PL Projects’ Communications Manager Lisa Green has been raising money for Waves Day Centre HuddersfieldYorkshire Cancer Centre and Brain Tumour Research at a charity dance event. Lisa is a  keen dancer, and every year her teacher hosts a Hafla (an Arabic dance party with food), to enjoy a great show and raise money for Waves, plus another chosen charity.

This year’s fundraising was a little bit different.   Lisa explained: “We recently lost one of our dance friends to a brain tumour, and in summer my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. Thankfully he’s made a full recovery from his surgery, but YCC in Leeds is the only place in Yorkshire that had the type of scanner he needed. We all just wanted to raise money for these fantastic charities to remember our wonderful friend Amanda, and to say thanks for my husband’s PET scan that helped so much with his treatment.”  The event raised over £240, which will be shared between the charities.

NOVEMBER 2016 – Mike Bates takes his project management experience to Nepal to assist with school build.

PL Projects Director Mike Bates has just returned from 3 weeks’ voluntary 2016-11-mike-in-nepal-1work with Community Action Nepal (CAN), helping to rebuild Lapcha School which was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquakes.  Paul Whitehead has already published a fun piece about Mike’s trip on his LinkedIn profile – you can read it here – and we’re hoping Mike will be telling us more about his adventures once he has rested up from his trip.

We’re really proud of Mike’s work, and what he and his team have achieved.  Click here to find out more about CAN, their army of volunteers like Mike, and the tireless work they are doing to rebuild essential community services in Nepal.

You can help fund more projects like the one Mike worked on – click to make a donation at CAN’s JustGiving page here.


SEPTEMBER 2016 – Diggerland Summer Outing

For this year’s Summer Get-Together, the @PLP_Central team had a fantastic evening at Diggerland in Castleford, West Yorkshire.  Organised by Brett Pryde with help from Lisa in PLP Support, everyone was split into two teams and had to carry out a series of challenges.

First up was Blindfold 4×4 Driving, which really is as scary as it sounds!  The object of the race is to navigate a simple slalom course in a Mitsubishi 4×4.  The catch is, the driver is wearing a completely blacked-out welding mask, and has only their navigator to rely on for directions.  Each team member took a turn at being navigator and driver; thankfully there were no serious crashes, but potholes, ditches, and the occasional bollard all took quite a battering!

20160923_183952Next up was The Robot Relay, so it was back to the slalom course, but this time in skid-steer JCB dumper trucks that literally had a mind of their own.  The bumpy terrain and tight turns made for some hilarious driving.  Chris M’s tyres just about escaped the ordeal.20160923_182147

The final game was Dizzy Ducks – basically “hook a duck”, but with a mini JCB digger.  Sounds easy enough, but the co-ordination needed between left and right hands just to make the hook move was incredible.  Concentration (and the competition) was intense as Team 2 went into the event with a slender 4 second lead, but in the end Team 1 were the  winners with a spectacular display of duck disposal.

The event ended with the SpinDizzy – a full size JCB that’s been converted into a white-knuckle fairground ride.  20160923_191438The braver team members went on twice, while the rest of us looked on in awe at Diggerland Charlotte’s skills behind the controls.

We then headed to Leeds, where a fabulous team meal awaited us at Tharavadu south Asian Restaurant in Mill Hill.

Huge thanks to the whole team at Diggerland, and at Tharavadu, for making us all so welcome.  It was definitely a night to remember!