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Project Manager Apprenticeship

Any organisation on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) who wishes to offer the Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship and requires support from an APM Accredited Training Provider is invited to contact the MSC for assistance.

The MSC can offer any of the following:

  • Accreditation with the Association for Project Management for the PMQ course.
  • All necessary teaching materials for classroom sessions, blended or distance-learning.
  • Course materials to include the 300-page MSC PMQ Study Guide, 36 video podcasts, multiple-choice tests, copies of slides.
  • Provision of tutors.
  • Presentation of examination workshop for revision and improvement in exam technique.
  • Organisation of APM PMQ examination.
  • Marking of courseworks together with advice for improvement.
  • Online MOODLE learning management system.
  • Support for apprentice's preparation of the Portfolio of Evidence.
  • Training for the presentation and professional discussion with the assessors.

Associate Project Manager Level 4 Apprenticeship

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.

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.  This Apprenticeship has a typical two-year duration. 

The Standard includes either the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) or, from 1 November 2018, the IPMA Level D Qualification. This version is based on the APM PMQ and  is a collaboration between Jobwise Training Limited and the Management Skills Centre Limited.

What does the Apprenticeship examine?

The candidates need to demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours

An associate project manager will be able to understand and have knowledge of:

• Project governance
• Project stakeholder management.
• Project communication.
• Project leadership.
• Consolidated planning.
• Budgeting and cost control.
• Business case and benefits management.
• Project scope.
• Project schedule.
• Resource management.
• Project risk and issue management.
• Contract management and procurement.
• Project quality.
• Project context.

An associate project manager will be able to demonstrate the following skills within the context of your organisation.

• Project governance.
• Stakeholder and communications management.
• Budgeting and cost control.
• Business case.
• Scope management.
• Consolidated planning.
• Schedule management.
• Risk, and issue management .
• Contract management and procurement.
• Quality management.
• Resource management.

An associate project manager will be able to demonstrate the following behaviours:

• Collaboration and team work.
• Leadership.
• Effective and appropriate communication.
• Drive for results.
• Integrity, ethics, compliance and professionalism.

What are the component parts of the Apprenticeship?

There are two parts to the Apprenticeship:

A. Completion of the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

B. An End Point Assessment (EPA) that takes place at least 12 months after the start of the Apprenticeship and involves:

  1. Submission of a Portfolio of Evidence completed by the apprentice which details the skills, knowledge and behaviours (aligned to the learning areas) they have developed as part of the day-to-day project work undertaken during the apprenticeship.  It will cover fifteen of the seventeen available learning areas.
  2. Presentation and Professional Discussion conducted using teleconferencing software.  The Presentation will cover five of the fifteen selected learning areas. The purpose of the Professional Discussion is to
    • discuss and assess the presentation,
    • verify, validate and asses the portfolio of evidence,
    • determine whether the apprentice meet the competency requirements of the EPA.

Who is this Level 4 Apprenticeship aimed at?

Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across diverse industry sectors. They can be large or small. Every project needs to be managed to ensure its success.  An associate project manager knows what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost, and works with the project team to achieve the required outcomes. Associate project managers need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills. An associate project manager utilises resources with suitable skills, qualifications, experience and knowledge to work together in a motivated and integrated team, with clearly defined reporting lines, roles, responsibilities and authorities.

Dependent upon the size of the organisations and the complexity of projects, associate project managers’ job titles will vary, but typically they can include: assistant project manager, junior project manager, project team leader. Some organisations use ‘project manager’ as a generic job title.