Employ an apprentice

Apprenticeships are a key part of our drive to develop existing project professionals and attract talent, both from education and other careers.

Apprentices bring many benefits to your business. These include increased productivity, improved competitiveness, and a committed, skilled workforce.

See the case studies on this page for more reasons to offer project management apprenticeships in your business.

Level 4 & Level 6 apprenticeships

Since its inception, APM has been part of the pan-sector, employer-led group that developed both the Level 4 Associate Project Manager (maximum funding £6000) and the Level 6 Project Manager Integrated Degree  (maximum funding £22000) apprenticeship standards in England. Both apprenticeships include a professional qualification to show technical knowledge alongside the other knowledge, skills and behaviours in the programme. Those completing the degree apprenticeship will also graduate with a BSc Project Management degree.

Both apprenticeships contain an end-point assessment, which tests the knowledge, skills and behaviours that apprentices have learned on the programme. This assessment is a presentation and professional discussion based on project management experience. An end-point assessment organisation manages this process, separate from the training provider that delivers the rest of the programme.

Once you have identified a business need and decided which standard(s) you want to offer, you will need to find a training provider that delivers the programme. Each standard above shows which providers deliver each programme, and where in the country.

Business benefits

Both apprenticeships contain an end-point assessment, which tests the knowledge, skills and behaviours that apprentices have learned on the programme.

This assessment is a presentation and professional discussion based on project management experience. An end-point assessment organisation manages this process, separate from the training provider that delivers the rest of the programme.

The Apprenticeship Levy

Companies with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This is set at 0.5% of pay bill and this money can only be used for apprenticeship delivery. 

Larger businesses can transfer a percentage of their unspent levy funds to other companies to help them deliver apprenticeships.

For the latest on the Apprenticeship Levy rules visit the government’s website.

Apprenticeship Levy

Case study: 

BAE Systems – The benefits of an apprentice

BAE Systems has always taken on apprentices because they allow the company to undertake organic growth, according to Rifaaqat Ahmed (pictured), project management skills coach at BAE Systems...

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Case study: 

Pearson UK – Employing an apprentice

Natalie Grant is the senior content delivery manager and a qualified Association for Project Management (APM) project manager who decided to take on an apprentice as part of her role as team manager at Pearson UK...

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Looking to become an apprentice?

If you’re interested in applying for a project management apprenticeship click apply now and check the site regularly for the latest updates.

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Find an apprenticeship

If you’re interested in applying for a project management apprenticeship click apply now and check the site regularly for the latest updates.

Find an apprenticeship

Find training providers to deliver the Associate Project Manager apprenticeship

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Advertise your apprenticeship

To advertise your project management apprenticeship vacancy through APM, contact APM Careers.

You can also advertise via your training provider on the find an apprenticeship website. 


Based in Scotland?
If you are based in Scotland or Wales you will offer the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management. For more information on this apprenticeship, contact EAL.

Based in Northern Ireland?
If you are based in Northern Ireland, click here for more information on apprenticeships that relate to project management.

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