Bringing World-Class Project Management Skills to Kuwait

Shani Foad
Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has appointed Faithful+Gould to establish a world class Project Support Office (PSO) to oversee its multi-billion dollar infrastructure development programme.

The continued training of local professionals is greatly important to the construction industry and will contribute to Kuwait’s national investment in training and professional development.

I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in this very welcoming country. Having worked for a number of years with the Faithful+Gould regional team based in Dubai, I feel I’m now getting a really authentic experience of Middle East life here in Kuwait.

Our team of 47 is here to work with the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works (MPW). We are establishing a Project Support Office (PSO) after carrying out a review of MPW’ existing organisation and project management methods.

It’s an exciting project as we’re helping MPW plan for the future - the legacy factor is hugely important.

It’s an exciting project as we’re helping MPW plan for the future - the legacy factor is hugely important. MPW intends that Kuwait's infrastructure will keep pace with the nation's fast-growing economy. The Ministry manages the construction of all types of capital projects and it wants to embed international best practice into its built environment systems. 

It’s also an exciting time for Kuwait - the government wants to invest in the country’s workforce, ensuring that its people develop the best professional skills. Incoming consultancies are therefore required to contribute to this investment in training and professional development.

We’ll develop a tailor-made Project Control System (PCS), giving the Ministry a more centralised and standardised approach to planning, design, procurement, construction and operation of its buildings.

MPW wants better understanding and control of projects throughout their lifecycle. We’ll develop a tailor-made Project Control System (PCS), giving the Ministry a more centralised and standardised approach to planning, design, procurement, construction and operation of its buildings.

It’s a perfect match with Faithful+Gould; we have great experience in project management systems and a long track record in the Middle East, so we’re in a good position to share our expertise. We’re now on the second phase of the contract, where we’re training 180 MPW professionals to operate and manage projects using the new system.

My own background is in training and development for both technical and non-technical subjects. For this type of contract, it’s not just the subject matter that counts. No matter how good we are as technical project managers, we need solid training expertise too. MPW wants us to get its workforce thinking in a new way and that involves a culture change. MPW also wants greater efficiency and it’s exciting to be a part of the change that brings – it’s also a challenge and both teams, Faithful+Gould and MPW, are responding positively.

I’m a woman working in a male-dominated industry. This is obviously less commonplace in the Middle East, where the expatriate business workforce attracts fewer women than men, and fewer still in Kuwait’s construction industry. When I joined a leisure club I was asked for details of my husband’s employment sponsor – they were quite surprised when I explained that I’d come to Kuwait for my own job!

Many women here are keen to invest in their own training and development, which in turn invests in their country’s social and economic wellbeing.

I have a great opportunity to model career progression for women in Kuwait’s construction industry. Many women here are keen to invest in their own training and development, which in turn invests in their country’s social and economic wellbeing. In the long term, women could form a significant part of Kuwait’s construction talent pool, so it’s great that just over 50 per cent of participants on the MPW programme are women. I find they’re especially enthusiastic and receptive to the project management training they’re receiving.

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