The thing I most enjoy about working at Apis is its people. The team is relatively small but it packs a mean punch. We come from diverse academic, professional and vocational backgrounds and this makes us both interesting and versatile. There’s no shortage of mentoring, coaching and support, and all of this comes naturally. I like the fact that we are a hands-on delivery team. We work on site with clients and by doing so are provided an opportunity to immerse ourselves in their business problems in order to help shape practical and sustainable solutions.
A typical day tends to present an almost perfect balance of control and measured reactivity. Project management professionals always have a robust plan in place, but the reality of a project environment is that it is almost constantly changing. So a typical day usually demands the delivery of scheduled work, whilst ensuring there is time to deal with new considerations that may come in from left field. And coffee, a typical day must have coffee.
In a practical sense Apis provides opportunities for learning and development through its sponsorship of certifications such as the Diploma in Project Management and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Additionally, and possibly more importantly it supports the development of its people through the transfer of skills and knowledge between its people. It makes time for this transfer both formally and informally. The team is invited to participate in regular breakfast learning sessions throughout the year. On a more personal level, each employee is empowered to take responsibility for their own development, and where possible supported to do so. This support may manifest through the flexibility to leave work early when assignments are due, access to time off for exams or scheduled regular ‘coffee dates’ with more senior members of the team to talk through current work-related challenges.
Our owners form an active part of our delivery teams which gives us strategic support at the front line, as well as ensuring the Apis leadership has current awareness and understanding of our clients’ experience. The value proposition presented by Apis is its team, and its collective attitude and culture of ‘getting the job done.’ This is demonstrated time and again through successful delivery of programmes and projects in increasingly complex and challenging environments. We work alongside our clients and transfer knowledge wherever possible. A measure of our success is that our clients have not only achieved a successful project implementation, but its team has grown and developed in doing so.