Occupation profile

Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across diverse industry sectors and can vary in size from large to small. Every project needs to be managed to ensure its success and requires good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills as critical success factors.

As an associate project manager, you know what needs to be achieved, how to achieve it, how long it will take and how much it will cost. You work with the project team to achieve the required outcomes, utilising resources with the suitable skills, qualifications, experience and knowledge to work together as a motivated and integrated team, with clearly defined reporting lines, roles, responsibilities and authorities.

Entry requirements

Employers set their own entry requirements for this apprenticeship. Typically candidates will hold 5 A-C grade GCSE’s and hold a minimum of 48 UCAS points or equivalent.

Programme qualifications & requirements

  • Level 2 English and maths (if not held)
  • Achieve an IPMA Level D qualification, or APM Project Management Qualification
  • Collation of a portfolio of evidence
  • 20% off the job training
  • Consistently working at or above the required level of an Associate Project Manager, having acquired the skills, knowledge and behaviours set within the standard

Programme details

This apprenticeship usually takes 24 months to complete and will be delivered as blended learning. As part of the programme you will participate in training, development and on-going review activities. These typically include:

  • Induction which is specific to your workplace
  • Study days and training courses
  • Mentoring/buddy support
  • Completion of a portfolio through which you will gather evidence of your progress
  • Structured one to one reviews of your progress with your employer and Dynamic Training
  • Blended Learning

You will be allocated a Skills & Development Coach who will support and guide you for the duration of your apprenticeship.

Your apprenticeship programme will be delivered as blended learning. Blended learning is a combination of both online
and face to face delivery. You will need to have good internet access and a suitable device such as a smart phone,
laptop, or tablet to work on. Microsoft Teams is used for coaching sessions and ZOOM is currently used for taught
sessions. You will need to check with your employer that access to ZOOM and Microsoft Teams is available and
permitted If using a work device to complete your training.

Assessment gateway

At gateway your employer will make the decision that you are ready for end point assessment having achieved all the mandatory requirements and qualifications set within the standard.

End point assessment

Following successful completion of the gateway, you will proceed to end point assessment (EPA). The EPA is undertaken by an independent assessment organisation chosen by your employer.

The end point assessment comprises of: 

  • Presentation supported by a portfolio of evidence
  • Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence

The end point assessor will determine the final grading for this apprenticeship as either fail, pass, merit or distinction.

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