Project management apprenticeships

APM, the chartered body of the project profession, believes that apprenticeships are essential to assist the growth of the project management profession. That’s why we’ve teamed up with employers to develop apprenticeship that help to grow and develop talented project managers.

Take a look at the options below to see how we can support you in your apprenticeship journey.

Become an apprentice

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Employ an apprentice

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Train an apprentice

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Trailblazer apprenticeships 

Trailblazer apprenticeships are the new Standards for apprenticeships. They are developed by employers to meet the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed in each occupation and improve the quality of apprenticeships.

This new Standard is designed to replace the previous Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 in England. 

APM is part of a Trailblazer employer group, led by Sellafield Ltd, which has developed the new Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship Standard at Level 4.

The Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship Standard has a typical two year duration. The Standard includes the IPMA Level D on-programme assessment which is the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

Do you live and work in Scotland or Wales?

You can still become an apprentice.

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What is the difference between an Apprenticeship and a Trailblazer?

Trailblazers are the new Standards for apprenticeship qualifications, assessed by an end point assessment. Previously, apprenticeship frameworks were made up of separate qualifications.

How much does it cost?

There are no costs to an apprentice. Trailblazers are funded by employers and the government.

What are the different levels available?

There is currently a level 4 associate project manager apprenticeship standard in England. A project manager integrated degree at level 6 is currently under development. In Scotland and Wales, there is a higher apprenticeship level 4 framework in project management.

What are the entry requirements?

Successful candidates for associate project manager must have a minimum of 48 UCAS points (current tariff) 120 UCAS points (old tariff).

Can I do a Trailblazer if I already have a degree?

Candidates can undertake the L4 and L6 qualification with or without a previous degree (in a different subject).

I have recently moved to the UK – could I apply for Associate Project Manager Trailblazer ?

Candidates can apply if they are living and working in England.

How do I complete the qualification/how do apprenticeships work?

Over 2 years, candidates will undertake an associate project manager role whilst working towards their qualification (20% off the job training by a training provider).

How long does it take?

Typically, the level 4 trailblazer lasts 2 years.

Will I be entitled to holiday?

As a Trailblazer candidate, the apprentice will be treated similar to that of a normal employee. The amount of holiday offered is dependent on the employer.

If I have to take a day out for training, will I still get paid?

Yes. Employers are required to provide apprentices with 20% off the job training.

What support is there for the Trailblazer?

APM offers student membership, currently free of charge, which equips students with helpful studying tools. Candidates will have their own training provider who will supply a work place mentor for support with their course.

How old do I have to be to undertake the Trailblazer?


What is a Trailblazer group?

It is a partnership of employers who develop an apprenticeship standard.

Who provides Trailblazer apprenticeships?

Various employers across England provide trailblazer apprenticeships. Click here for more details.

I'm educated to a Higher National Diploma, would I still be eligible for an associate project manager apprenticeship?

Yes you would meet the entry criteria, but entry to the apprenticeship would be subject to an employer recruitment process.

Does APM have work-placements available?

The APM doesn’t currently have work placement or apprenticeship opportunities available.

Where can I find out more about the funding rules for apprenticeships?

You can find our more at the Apprenticeship Funding page.

Where can I find out more about apprenticeships, making an application and finding apprenticeship opportunities?

There is information about opportunities and searching for an apprenticeship on the National Apprenticeships Service website; and on the Government; website

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