Overview of apprenticeship
A Higher Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience while being paid to do so. Along with functional and personal skills that are needed for your immediate job and future career you will learn through a mix of project based learning in the workplace, formal off the job training, and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.
Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across diverse industry sectors. They can be large or small, but 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.
Delivery Plan and Assessment
In total, learners have to spend 20% of their time on programme completing Off-The-Job training, this includes any shadow shifts, independent study, or training sessions. These are supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience. Apprentices may be required to attend monthly taught sessions in their workplace, or at a WSC location.
Learners will be required to complete an End Point Assessment at the end of their learning.
Where will this course take me?
As well as ensuring full competence as a Project Manager, this apprenticeship provides a potential progression into an associate membership with Association for Project Management (APM). A full membership can be attained through further experience and professional development. There is also opportunity for progression into a management apprenticeship at level 5, or degree.
Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?
The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 per hour. However, the average wage for apprentices with WSC is £4.85 per hour. Your wage is decided by your employer and most will look to reward excellent progress and completion of your apprenticeship.
Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.
Candidates must have or achieve Level 2 in English and Maths before undertaking the Apprenticeship End Point Assessment.
On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have achieved:
- APM Project Management Qualification, or similar
- Full Associate Project Manager Level 4 (Marshall) Standard
- Skills for Success - This module is designed by West Suffolk College to ensure you have all the personal skills and behaviours to succeed in the workplace
- Any required Functional Skills in English or Maths.
How is this funded?
Apprentices are not required to contribute financially towards Apprenticeship training.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will pay into an apprenticeship levy. This levy is then used to pay for the full cost of the apprenticeship course which is £6000. This figure is divided by the duration of the Apprenticeship and you will make monthly payments from your account directly to us.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of under £3 million, the Government will fund 95% of the training fee meaning you will be required to contribute 5% (£300).
There are incentives available if you are a small employer (under 50) and if you train/recruit a 16-18 year old.
Try out our apprenticeship levy calculator here
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Applicants - You can apply using the button at the top of this page, where you will then be booked in for a 1:1 with an apprenticeship advisor.
You can apply for our apprenticeship vacancies via: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team and organise a face to face visit.
Days & times
Please contact us for dates and further information