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“Prima Uno Centre of Excellence”

Press Release 

Date: 4th July 2014

Prima Uno Planning and Programming to open a Centre of Excellence


Prima Uno, the specialist Project and Forensic Planning, Consultancy, has announced they arelaunching a ‘Centre of Excellence’  for Project Planning, Project Controls and Forensic Planning at their new Cleator Moor offices in September.


Young West Cumbrian’s will enrol on an apprenticeship which is based on Prima Uno’s own syllabus. It will be covering sectors including nuclear, construction, water, wind energy, rail, transport, oil and gas.


(Already three apprentices are in the pipeline for the start of the programme.)The Prima Uno Apprentices will have the opportunity to gain NVQ, APM and Degree Level Qualifications in Project Controls, Construction Law and Dispute Resolution. They will also have the opportunity for wider training, with additional in-house courses covering associated areas.


Since Prima Uno was established in 2012, its main aim has been to grow the business into a nationally respected specialist consultancy.  Alongside this ambition Managing Director Sarah Purdham also wanted to set up a ‘Centre of Excellence’, enabling more people in West Cumbria to become nationally respected Project Control specialists.


Sarah is looking to develop highly trained consultantswith exceptional skills and knowledge so they can work as planning engineers, project controls specialists and forensic planners, looking at programme governance, programme assurance integrated and strategic programme experts. It is a very specialised field, one with a national skills shortage.

Prima Uno consultants provide these skills across the UK and also have thetraining capabilities to pass this knowledge on to others.


Sarah Purdham has been cultivating, gathering and creating training manuals, industry sector norms for a number of years.  She has various training manuals covering different sectors including nuclear, rail, wind energy, civil, and water industries. With help, she has also collated notes and support covering jargon, glossaries, lead times and project lifecycles – her consultants have a wide range of industry knowledge at their fingers tips.


Sarah said “There is a huge shortage of local and national planning and project controls skills.  With new major nuclear projects at Sellafield, National Grid and a new nuclear new build plans on the horizon; this lack of industry expertise is already a huge risk.  Prima Uno is creating the platform for home grown talent from Cumbria, giving West Cumbrian school leavers, students and graduates a chance to get a wonderful qualification in project controls with lifelong career potential.”


Sarah added “We recognise that something needs to be done and quickly. While we are on the crest of a wave, it makes sense to develop the skills now, before it is too late and these contracts are underway.We’re delighted to be launching a Centre of Excellence in West Cumbria – giving the local community and the local economy chance to home grow new talent, and creating the much needed specialist project planning and project controls expertise”

As a memberof Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, Prima Uno will be available to discuss the growth and opportunities at Prima Uno at the August ‘Cluster’ meeting. For more information about the Centre of Excellence and the specialist forensic planning work done at Prima Uno, visit or contact Sarah Purdham on 07515  431245.


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Picture caption: Sarah Purdham, Managing Director Prima Uno