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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes lasting at least 12 months. They allow apprentices to combine employment and training – earning and learning – providing both on and off-the-job (20%) training. In addition to delivering transferable skills and competency in English and maths, apprenticeships lead to full competency and capability in an occupation, demonstrated by achievement of an apprenticeship standard.

Academy4PM provides a work-based programme that is delivered within a full-time job. Available at a range of levels, it can set a foundation for a career or demonstrate capability at a higher level and includes a professional qualification relevant to the role.

Overview

Project Management is critical to enabling business performance and organisational success and every project needs to be managed to ensure success. Responsible for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project, the project manager is tasked with ensuring project schedules are met and the desired end result is achieved. This involves making efficient use of resources and ensuring the interests of all parties involved are satisfied. The Academy4PM Associate Project Manager apprenticeship programme provides structured delivery and integrated work-based approach for those will lead projects in the future.

Outline

Covering the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required of a project management professional, the apprenticeship includes time to understand the principles and apply them in real workplace environments adding immediate value to the business as well as broadening career opportunities. Apprentices will need to demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and behaviours through a series of pre-defined assessment activities and undertake an examination that contributes towards professional membership as well as end-point assessment.

At Academy4PM we also deliver end-point assessment to othe organisations.

Delivery

A blended approach: Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring through Classroom, face-to-face meetings, research and directed learning. Through line management and mentor support, you will gain insights and opportunities in the working environment to develop new skills and advance your career opportunities.

The APM Project Management Qualification (APM PMQ) is seemlesly integrated into the programme and end-point assessment is carried out by an independent assessment organisation. consisting of a presentation and a professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence to showcase the skills you have gained.

Apprenticeship: ASSOCIATE PROJECT MANAGER (LEVEL 4) APPRENTICESHIP

If you would like to know about our tailored on-programme training provision for the Associate Project Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship.

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End-Point Assessment: ASSOCIATE PROJECT MANAGER (LEVEL 4) APPRENTICESHIP

If you would like to know about our end-point assessment process and support solutions for the Associate Project Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship.

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We follow the Apprenticeship Standards

Induction/Initial Assessment

We will sign a commitment statement with you, assess your prior learning and achievements check you meet the minimum requirements and get you on your way.

On Programme Phase

On-the-job and off-the-job training combined wiht an industry wide recognised qulaifiction in project management (APM PMQ) and membership of the APM.

Gateway

Regular reviews with the employer to review progress and readiness for examination leading to end-point assessment that ensures we work with you to achieve your goals.

End-Point Assessment

Independent assessment of your knowledge, skills and behaviours from the published Standard supported by us.

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Completion and Certification

Recognition through certification from the Awarding Body and celebration of success with your employer.

Occupational Competence

Your opportunity to put your skills into proctice. It doesn't stop here however as there is a career ahead of you.

As Employers, you need to know

01.

Identify the need

Before recruiting an apprentice it is important to evaluate the talent needs of your business. This should be linked to your organisation’s existing people strategy. Having undertaken this evaluation, you should identify a clearly-defined role within your business for them. Once you have made the decision to hire an apprentice you will need, in most cases, to find an approved training provider. This is where we come in…we deliver the apprenticeship at your place of work, and will work with you throughout the programme, providing regular feedback, leaving you free to focus on your core business.

02.

Recruit and Enrol

There are a number of ways of recruiting an apprentice and how you do this will depend on the age of the apprentice you are looking to recruit. You could: Use your company website or local media, or a specialist recruitment company and a formal selection process or liaise with the National Apprenticeship Service and utilise their vacancy matching service. Once you have made your recruitment decision, apprentices will have a formal contract of employment that should reflect the fixed term nature of the apprenticeship.

03.

Induct

Apprentices should receive a full and comprehensive induction – as you would give any new member of staff. Introducing them to their new colleagues helps an apprentice feel part of their new team. A discussion about expectations, their role within the company and learning objectives should be at the heart of the induction so that the apprentice has a clear understanding of what to expect. Finally, the induction plays a role in providing the apprentice with a good impression of their new employer and a chance to understand the structure, values and culture of the company.

04.

Develop and Manage

For all parties to receive maximum benefit from the programme, you as the employer will need to provide the relevant support mechanisms. In the case of apprentices already with your company, this will be substantially less than a new joiner. In addition to the support from us on the programme, apprentices should have clear work plans and should receive ongoing feedback and coaching from their manager. They are there to learn and gain the skills to succeed within our profession and so the tasks they undertake should reflect this. An apprenticeship is a professional development programme and the role should reflect this. As well as a manager/mentor who has responsibility for the apprentice, you could also consider assigning a 'buddy' to them. This person could be junior to the manager and able to offer informal support, help and advice.

05.

Feedback and Evaluate

It is good practice to hold regular feedback sessions with the apprentice and us as the training provider. Apprenticeships are a collaborative learning process and companies should always take the time to review progress and make any required improvements. We like to work flexibly with you as the employer as it provides better outcomes for both the apprentice and the organisation.

06.

What happens next?

The majority of those completing an apprenticeship remain with their employer repaying the investment of time and money as well as becoming a committed member of staff. The end of an apprenticeship does not signal the end of that individual’s development. Contact us if you would like to discuss your specific apprenticeship needs.

Apprenticeship: ASSOCIATE PROJECT MANAGER (LEVEL 4) APPRENTICESHIP

Academy4PM are able to offer a flexible approach in designing on-programme delivery for Apprentices undertaking the Associate Project Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship. We provide a personalised service to our Employers, led by expert practitioners delivering face2face learning and education to your apprentices. As a Main Training Provider and an Accredited Provider with the Association for Project Management (APM) as the on-course qualification, we do not outsource any parts of our delivery. This gives you confidence and peace of mind on the quality and capability we have in ensuring your learners are supported throughout the programme and achieve expected results - Working in partnership and achieving distinction together.

If you would like to know about our tailored on-programme training provision for the Associate Project Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship.

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End-Point Assessment: ASSOCIATE PROJECT MANAGER (LEVEL 4) APPRENTICESHIP

Academy4PM are able to offer an integrated end-point assessment service for Employers and Apprentices undertaking the Associate Project Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship. We provide a 1:1 service to Employers and Training Providers using expert practitioners as assessors. We deliver face2face or video-based assessments to suit your needs and ensure the process is well understood before assessment day. Our assessors are Association for Project Management (APM) certified and we do not outsource any part of our service to maintain the integrity and quality of assessment. This gives you confidence and peace of mind on the capability we have in ensuring your learners are assessed by an organisation that understands project management and receives appropriate feedback on their performance - Working in partnership and achieving distinction together.

If you would like to know about our end-point assessment process and support solutions for the Associate Project Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship.

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Apprenticeships in project management

Higher Apprenticeships have been available since 2012. While this has been replaced in England by the Level 4 Trailblazer standard, the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management is still available in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Evidence emerging at the end of 2017 suggests that project management apprenticeships are on an upward curve because of its broad business benefits – quite in contrast to the reported dip in apprenticeship starts more generally. Since the government introduction of the levy, apprenticeships are now open to all - meaning you are able to develop your workforce with this valuable skillset.

It usually takes up to two years to complete and includes a professional Project Management Qualification (PMQ) from the Association for Project Management (APM). The APM also provides Student membership and access to its resources while on programme. Once apprentices have completed their apprenticeship, they can apply transfer to Associate Project Manager Membership with the APM to set them on their professional career path.

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