At their annual conference in Autumn 2012 APM announced the launch of Higher Apprenticeships in Project Management. At an Institute of Directors event in February 2013, Principal of MK College Dr July Mills announced that they would be delivering Higher Apprenticeships in Project Management in partnership with Peak Performance.
Successful candidates receive a Diploma in Project Management (QCF level 4 – equivalent to HND) after 2 years of part time study and work based learning. With 600 hours of contact time and all modules supported by on the job practical assignments supported by mentoring and coaching, candidates coming through this scheme will be the most knowledgeable and practical project management resources in your organisation.
Apprenticeships are a great alternative to A levels and university, and many apprentices go on to part time degrees.
‘By creating new higher apprenticeship opportunities for young people to develop project management skills up to degree equivalent, we will build stronger companies and re-define the concept of higher education’
John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education
See the APM video on Higher Apprenticeships at BAe
Communication skills and stakeholder management are mandatory components of the Diploma so that candidates can make themselves understood as well as understand and manage other perspectives.
Elective components include: developing a business case, developing schedules, estimating cost and resources, contract management, managing resources, managing scope, managing risks and issues, managing quality, managing budget, monitoring progress and management reporting.
Functional skills (Maths, English and ICT level 2) so you do not have to worry about literacy and numeracy in your workforce.
- 89% of employers agree that higher apprenticeships in PM would meet business need and support their development
- 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
- 92% of employers said that their apprenticeship programme better motivated staff and increased job satisfaction.
Andrew Bragg CEO of APM
‘APM is proud of this latest collaborative venture (with awarding body CFA on Higher Apprenticeships in Project Management) which helps to professionalise project management’
What is my investment?
As for any apprenticeship scheme, the employer pays the candidate a salary depending on age and experience – we can advise on typical levels.
Grants of up to £1,500 are also available to small and medium sized companies who take on apprentices.
The Apprenticeship scheme lasts for two years, during which the candidate is expected to be away for face to face training for two days per month supported by workplace learning.
The cost of the training is subsidised by the government, depending on age of the Apprentice, leaving you to pay £350 per month training costs directly to the college.
‘The government’s focus on apprenticeships is matching the education that people need with the job that they are going to’
Mark Lancaster MP, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury