Employ an apprentice

APM has been part of the Project Management Trailblazer Employer Development Group (EDG) since its inception – a pan-sector, employer-led* group comprising a mix of large companies, SMEs and training providers. This group has developed the Level 4 Associate Project Manager Trailblazer standard, which typically lasts for 24 months.

The new Level 6 Project Manager Integrated Degree Apprenticeship is now available for delivery and will typically last for 48 months – after which time apprentices will achieve either a BA or BSc Honours degree in Project Management. 

Apprenticeships are a key component of our profession’s drive to develop existing project professionals and attract new talent –providing an accessible entry point and encouraging those who might never have considered a career in Project Management in the past. Apprenticeships also set individuals on the professional qualifications pathway – providing a sound base for a successful career.

*Sellafield Ltd is the lead employer within this group

If you are interested in advertising your project management apprenticeship vacancy through APM, please contact APM Careers.

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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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Why offer an apprenticeship?

The Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship at level 4 will assist you or your business clients in developing a skilled and competent project management workforce.

There is no upper age limit for apprenticeships, so the scheme can be used to develop either new or existing staff.

This apprenticeship also includes a professional qualification that shows technical knowledge alongside the other aspects of the programme.

The new Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship at Level 6 offers you the opportunity to develop further your more senior workforce as well as more recent entrants, which will be attractive to employers with levy funds to spend.

This apprenticeship also includes a professional qualification that shows technical knowledge alongside the other aspects of the programme.

Successful completers will also graduate with a BA/BSc Project Management.

Business benefits

There are numerous benefits that apprentices can bring to your business. These include increased productivity, improved competitiveness, filling skills gaps, and developing a committed and competent workforce.

Successful project delivery is at the heart of all businesses and organisations. Having the right people with the right skills helps to achieve this.

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The apprenticeship levy

The Levy is set at 0.5% and will need to be paid by all businesses with a payroll over £3 million. 

Larger businesses can use the levy funds in their apprenticeships service account to train new and existing employees. They can also transfer up to 10% of their unspent levy funds to other companies with apprenticeships. Small and medium employers can apply for government funding which will cover 90-100% of the costs of apprenticeship training.

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