National Apprenticeship Week

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week recognises the challenges faced by employers and apprentices during this unprecedented time.

We want to support you with your next step, whether it’s looking to begin your project management apprenticeship journey or moving onto a new role after your apprenticeship.

Take inspiration from our selected resources including blogs and case studies from former apprentices, news stories and our brand-new mental health tool kit all tailored to support you.   #NAW2021

APM calls for employers to use apprenticeship levy to invest in skills of staff

The survey of over 2600 project professionals, reveals that 47 per cent of respondents cited skills shortages and developing the talent pipeline as the most significant challenge to the profession...

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In challenging times, there are still positives for project apprentices

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week has a special significance. Apprentices are building the foundations of their careers in what – for many – will be an uncertain environment...

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We believe that apprenticeships support the growth of the project profession. That’s why we worked with employers to develop a apprenticeship schemes that train talented project managers.

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, why not look at our resources for new apprentices.

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Mental health toolkit for project managers

The project management profession often deals with fast paced, dynamic workloads, and the need for mental health and wellbeing support for project managers is greater than ever. 

Take the time to look through our resources to support you through your apprenticeship journey.

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“I knew that learning on the job as an apprentice would suit me better."
Katie Houston - HS2 apprentice

CASE STUDY - Life as an apprentice at HS2 Ltd - By Katie Houston

Katie always wanted to go into the construction industry but wasn’t sure the best route. She attended a variety of careers fairs including NEC Skills to understand the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship.  After doing her A-levels, she applied for both apprenticeships and university, but as Katie explains, “I knew that learning on the job as an apprentice would suit me better."

She completed work experience at HS2, where she discovered the culture of the business and how its core values are embedded in the business. The value that stood out for her most was respect. As Katie says, “HS2 really upholds this value and they understand others and recognise everyone’s value.”     

Explaining her reasons for joining the company, Katie says, “I chose HS2 for my apprenticeship as it’s a company where I knew I could play a part in building Europe’s largest infrastructure project, which will connect up Britain and provide a low carbon alternative for long distance travel for generations to come. I was also attracted to HS2 because of the legacy the project wants to leave, HS2 are investing in the skills now to build a workforce which will not only be able to deliver the project, but future infrastructure programmes too.” 

Starting as an apprentice remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic  

Katie says, I started my apprenticeship remotely which was extremely strange. Going from the classroom to being online all the time has been hard but with support I have become comfortable working from home. When I joined in September, HS2 were working efficiently and effectively and had adapted well to the remote environment. During our induction they really helped me, and the other apprentices get to grips with the new way of life.”  

Why project management?  

Katie says, I enjoy project management as there are so many areas to get involved in. When I joined my apprenticeship, I thought I would be in the delivery team, but I was placed within the PMO and this has widened my knowledge of what project management really is.  I also enjoy it as you work both individually and, in a team, to complete a project.” 

Support for apprentices at HS2  

“At HS2 the apprentices have a great support network. I have a line manager who helps me with day to day activities and really supports my development throughout my apprenticeship. I also have a mentor who support me improve my skills and knowledge in areas which I know I need to improve on. For example, I have done a session on networking and how to network effectively on platforms such as LinkedIn. I also have a buddy who is an apprentice from the 2019 cohort, and he helps me by answering any questions I have and talking through any concerns.  He works in the Communications Department, which has been really useful as he has supported me when I needed knowledge on different areas.”  

Apprentices are also supported by a talent team and have regular meetings to check they are working to the best of our ability and if any support is needed. The Health and Safety team also run webinars where they discuss about mental health and the support networks available.  

Katie also uses the APM website regularly to learn about the chartership route and to encourage others to complete their chartership. She also uses the website for college work, provides guidance in definitions of key terms in project management and explanations helpful for areas of study.  


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Student membership is and open to any full-time or part-time student or apprentice aged 16 or over who has an interest in project management. 

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