Associate Project Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship 

The Associate Project Manager apprenticeship is for professionals looking to either enhance current skills and knowledge in their role, or new to a role and embarking on projects for the first time. It will give insight and knowledge into a range of project management topics including the project cycle, project scoping, communication strategies and the project management environment.

Associate Project Manager Level 4 Apprenticeship duration:
Full time apprentices will typically spend 13 to 15 months on-programme (before the gateway) working towards the occupational standard, with an average of 6 hours per week off-the-job training.

Funding required:
£6,500 (for apprenticeship curriculum) or £7,000 (with curriculum linked to APM qualifications). Funding pays for Course Fees, End Point Assessment, reviews and coaching.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

The apprentice must have passed the Project Fundamentals training and Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

EPA must be conducted by an organisation approved to offer services against this standard, as selected by the employer, from the Education & Skills Funding Agency’s Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. The EPA for the Level 4 Associate Project Management Apprenticeship consists of 2 assessment methods:

Presentation with questions
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of distinction, pass or fail.


Year One

Level 4 Apprenticeship element

At the start the apprentice will complete enrolment, induction and initial assessment including setting objectives and a timeline for the apprenticeship.

book element Level 4 Apprenticeship

Learners will undertake training aligned to the Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) and Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

Level 4 Apprenticeship People talking element Apprenticeship

Progress review with dedicated skills coach every 12 weeks. Both the apprentice and line manager will need to be present for these.


Year Two

Man element Apprenticeship

The student will need to complete an End Point Assessment), consisting of a presentation, supported by a portfolio of evidence and attending a professional discussion.

Certification element Apprenticeship

The student will then be assessed and awarded a grade of distinction, pass or fail.

Different types of organisational structures and responsibilities, functions and project phases on different project types.
Stakeholders: their perspectives, different interests and levels of influence upon project outcomes.
Key contexts of a project communication plan, its effectiveness in managing different stakeholders.
The vision and values of the project and its links to objectives; the ways in which these can be effectively communicated and reinforced to team members and stakeholders.
Purpose and formats for consolidated plans to support overall management, taking account of lessons learnt and how the plans balance fundamental components of scope, schedule, resources, budgets, risks and quality requirements.
Funding, estimating, overheads; direct costs, indirect costs, fixed costs, variable costs and an overall budget for a project.
Preparation and/or maintenance of business cases, including benefits management.
Requirements management, and evaluation of alternative methods to learn from the past to improve delivery.
Scheduling and estimating for project activities including how they can be quality assessed.
Resource analysis, resource allocation and resource acceptance.
Project monitoring and reporting cycle to track, assess and interpret performance by the application of monitoring techniques to analyse status and manage information.
Manage stakeholders, taking account of their levels of influence and particular interests.
Develop and agree project budgets, monitor forecast and actual costs against them and control changes.
Contribute to the preparation or maintenance of a business case including achieving required outcomes.
Determine, control and manage changes to the scope of a project, including assumptions, dependencies and constraints.
Consolidate and document the fundamental components of projects. Monitor progress against the consolidated plan and refine as appropriate, implementing the change control process where relevant.
Prepare and maintain schedules for activities aligned to project delivery.
Collaboration and team work - Understands and is effective as part of an integrated team.
Communicate direction and support the vision for project delivery.
Work effectively with and influence others, taking account of diversity and equality. Influence and facilitate effective team performance.
Demonstrate clear commitment to achieving results, and improving performance.
Promote the wider public good in all actions, acting in a morally, legally and socially appropriate manner.

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Entry Requirements:
Apprentices must hold GCSEs in English and Maths prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

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