APM is currently seeking support from employers for the development of Trailblazer Degree-level apprenticeships leading to project, programme and portfolio management qualifications at levels 6 (Bachelors Degree) and level 7 (Masters Degree). These new Trailblazers will also provide progression opportunities from the existing Higher Apprenticeship (level 4) and the proposed new level 4 Trailblazer.
One of the requirements of the Trailblazers is that there is a lead employer. We are happy to confirm that Sellafield are taking on this role for the project management Trailblazers. Another requirement for degree Trailblazers is the support of a Higher Education Institution, and we’re pleased to announce that the University of Cumbria is taking on this role.
In 2011 the Association for Project Management (APM) was successful in gaining government funding to develop a Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management. This level 4 Apprenticeship was launched in 2012 and has already been highly successful in both up-skilling the existing pan sector workforce and attracting new talent to the fast growing discipline of project management.
The Government has since established Trailblazer Apprenticeships, which are based on employer-led standards, making them more accessible and occupationally based. The project management employer group has already applied for a project management Trailblazer standard at level 4 to replace the existing Higher Apprenticeship in England.
The standard and assessment plan for this Trailblazer developed by the employer group is currently awaiting approval by the Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
As with the current Higher Apprenticeship, the aim is that all apprentices will also gain professional recognition through Associate membership of APM and progress to full membership and qualification levels during their professional career.
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