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Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management

If you live and work in Scotland or Wales.

If you are a learner or employer located in Scotland or Wales the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management at level 4 is the programme available. This includes the EAL Level 4 Diploma in Project Management.

If you require further information on the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management, or the Level 4 Diploma in Project Management, please contact EAL.

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Have you organised an event at school or college, or for a charity, a social event or even completed a piece of coursework as part of a group? 

If you have, it is likely that you have used project management skills.

Every industry employs project managers or uses project management skills, although the responsibilities of individual project managers vary according to the type of organisation they work for and their position. Project management is a growing profession with good career prospects which is already well established in the construction, information technology and engineering industries. Employers in a wide range of other industries, including air transport, armed forces, charities, government departments, hospital trusts, financial services, retailers and rail transport, are also now recruiting project managers.

Am I eligible?

Level 4 standard 

You will need to have achieved a minimum of grade C or above in at least 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics, and hold a minimum of 48 UCAS points, or equivalent.

Organizations who recruit for Apprenticeship vacancies will have their own additional requirements.

New Level 6 standard

You will need to have achieved a minimum of 96 UCAS points and hold GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent. 

Organizations who recruit for Apprenticeship vacancies will have their own additional requirements.

What's involved?

The Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship will have a typical two year duration. You will take the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) (IPMA Level D equivalent) as an on-programme assessment during your apprenticeship.

Your knowledge, skills and behaviours learned as an apprentice will be assessed in an end-point assessment. This assessment is a presentation and professional discussion based on project management experience.

The Level 6 Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship will have a typical four year duration. You will take an IPMA Level D qualification as an on-programme assessment during your apprenticeship. 

Your knowledge, skills and behaviours learned as an apprentice will be assessed in an end-point assessment. This assessment is a presentation and professional discussion based on project management experience.

Why become an apprentice?

There has never been a better time to become an apprentice. Following the rise in university fees, the Project Management Apprenticeships (Associate Project Manager Standard at Level 4 and Project Manager at Level 6) both provide a vital pathway to develop high level skills while in employment, without long term student loan repayments.

Project Management Apprentices earn while they learn and develop work skills essential for the successful delivery of projects, including risk management, relationship management and project leadership.

Find an employer who is looking for Associate Project Manager apprentices in your area.

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The Associate Project Manager Standard at Level 4 (available)

  • provides apprentices with the required knowledge and competencies to develop into a management role in many exciting industries
  • helps apprentices develop transferable skills so they can progress in highly skilled careers
  • allow apprentices to gain a nationally recognised apprenticeship standard
  • enables apprentices to achieve a qualification at Level 4, equivalent to the first year of a university course
  • enables apprentices to obtain an Internationally recognised Project Management Qualification. i.e the APM PMQ
  • enables apprentices to become Associate members of the APM
  • acts as a progression route for Apprentices into other APM qualifications

Find out more about Level 4's key features

The Project Manager Standard Level 6 (under development)

  • provides apprentices with the required knowledge and competencies to develop into a senior management role in many exciting industries
  • helps apprentices develop transferable skills so they can progress in highly skilled careers
  • allow apprentices to gain a nationally recognised BA/BSc (Honours) Degree Apprenticeship Standard
  • enables apprentices to obtain an Internationally recognised Project Management Qualification. i.e the APM PMQ
  • enables apprentices to become Full Members of the APM (MAPM)
  • acts as a progression route for Apprentices into other APM qualifications.

Find out more about Level 6's key features

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Employers

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

With many young people facing different options to advance their skills due to increases in university tuition fees and with the introduction of funding to encourage Apprenticeships, including the apprenticeship levy, there has never been a better time to take on an Apprentice. 

Various separate sector skills council assessment and cluster reports identified project management as an area of skill shortage. The Higher Apprenticeship will provide the foundation of a career in project management and progression routes for those wishing to enter the profession to further their career in other disciplines using project management skills.

Not only does the Higher Apprenticeship support APM’s vision that all projects succeed, but Higher Apprenticeships are also a key component of the Government’s skills agenda.

The Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management is a qualification designed to increase knowledge and competence in project management and meet business needs.

It is different from existing project management qualifications, for example APMP and PRINCE2. The Apprenticeship assesses knowledge and competence, is registered on the Qualifications and Credit Framework and is expected to take approximately two years to complete. The Diploma in Project Management is 120 credits at QCF level 4 and is equivalent to the first year of a degree course or HNC.

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

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.

To help quantify these benefits in more detail research, conducted in February 2008 by Populus on behalf of the LSC, revealed:

  • 77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive;
  • 76% say that Apprenticeships provide higher overall productivity;
  • 80% feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover;
  • 83% of employers rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future;
  • Two-thirds of respondents believe that their Apprenticeship programme helps them fill vacancies more quickly, whilst
  • 88% believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce;
  • 59% report that training apprentices is more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff, with 59% believing that Apprenticeships lead to lower overall training costs and 53% feeling that they reduce recruitment costs;
  • In terms of the return on investment linked to Apprenticeships, 41% say that their apprentices make a valuable contribution to the business during their training period, while a further third (33%) report that apprentices add value within their first few weeks (or even from Day One);
  • 57% report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company;
  • Over three-quarters of respondents expect apprenticeships to play a bigger part in their recruitment policy in the future.

Visit the National Apprenticeship Service website for more information on business benefits.

Watch this video about the business benefits of project management apprenticeships.

Develop your staff

Apprentices are employees and should usually be employed for at least 30 hours per week. As the employer, you would be responsible for paying their wages and providing training. Off-the-job training would usually be delivered by the employer or by an Apprenticeship training provider registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). A Project Management qualification (e.g. APM PMQ) could be provided by an APM accredited Training Organisation. For further information, please see the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Find out what the funding would be for your organisation.

When can I start employing apprentices?

You can hire an Apprentice at any time of the year as the programme runs on a rolling basis. There are no set times for exams and these can be booked when the Apprentices are ready to take them. 

To be kept up to date with progress of the development of Trailblazer Apprenticeships in Project Management or to receive further information, register your interest with APM.

Training providers

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

Eligibility:

To find out if you are eligible to deliver a Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management please contact us.

The Level 4 Diploma in Project Management, which forms part of the Higher Apprenticeship, will be awarded by EAL and is accredited by OfQual (the regulatory body of qualifications and examinations).

Training providers who are interested in becoming an approved centre for the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management are asked to contact EAL

Looking for an apprenticeship in England?

Trailblazer apprenticeships are the new standards for apprenticeships in England. They are developed by employers to meet the knowledge, skills and behaviors
needed in each occupation. APM has been part of a Trailblazer employer group, led by Sellafield Ltd, which has designed a new Associate Project Manager Trailblazer standard at level 4, which is now available and replaces the previous Higher Apprenticeship level 4 in England.

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