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Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship: Everything you need to know

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Interested in an apprenticeship, but feeling uncertain about which training programme to choose?

This blog post provides comprehensive information about the Level 4 Associate Project Management apprenticeship offered by GLP Training.


What is an Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship?

An Associate Project Manager apprenticeship equips individuals with the knowledge of project objectives, the approach to achieving them, the anticipated timeline, and budget considerations. Collaborating with the project team, the associate project manager ensures the desired outcomes are attained. This role demands strong planning, organisational, leadership, management, and communication skills.

The associate project manager adeptly coordinates resources, bringing together individuals with appropriate skills, qualifications, experience, and knowledge to form a cohesive and motivated team.

The programme typically takes 24 months to be completed. The Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that will be learnt on this apprenticeship programme include:


  • Project Governance

  • Consolidated Planning

  • Budgeting and Cost Control

  • Business Case and Benefits Management

  • Project Risk and Issue Management

  • Contract Management and Procurement

  • Project Leadership




Who is it suitable for?

The Associate Project Manager apprenticeship is suitable for aspiring project managers. The typical candidates job role could be:

  • Assistant Project Manager

  • Junior Project Manager

  • Project Team Leader


What could your day-to-day job look like?

Day-to-day activities are likely to include:

  • Planning and Execution of a Project

  • Managing a Team

  • Communication with a Variety of Stakeholders

  • Risk and Resource Management

  • Finding ways for Continuous Improvement, to ensure the project runs as smoothly as possible



Cost to Individual:

There are no financial costs to the individual, as the expense is covered by the employer. The individual will have to be in full-time employment, or secure a job that is offering this programme prior to enrolling.

Cost to Employer:

The total cost of this programme is £6,000. Non-Levy paying employers will contribute only 5% of the total course cost, with the government covering the remaining 95%. For this specific programme, the maximum cost to the non-levy employer would be £300.

Levy paying organisations will fund the £6,000 from their levy pot. It's crucial to note that any unspent funds in the levy pot by the end of the year will be claimed by the government as a tax. Therefore, it is advisable for levy-paying employers to use these funds to up-skill their workforce.


Assessments Explained

During the course of the apprenticeship, learners will be required to gain a qualification at International Project Management Association (IPMA) Level D or APM Project Management Qualification.

The end point assessment for this apprenticeship standard consists of 2 assessments, that are graded a Distinction, Pass or Fail. In order to complete the apprenticeship, apprentices will need to achieve either a Pass or Distinction.

Assessment Method 1:

Presentation with Questions and Answers

  • An interview panel will ask you a series of course specific questions, and you will have to demonstrate what you have learnt over the course of your programme by answering as knowledgeably as possible.

Assessment Method 2: 

Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

  • Throughout your apprenticeship, you will gather evidence and information that forms your portfolio, and this will be used for your professional discussion. This discussion with your assessor allows you to showcase everything you have learned on the programme.


Progression Opportunities after Completion

There are further studying opportunities after completing this apprenticeship programme, and these can include but are not limited to the Level 5 Operations or Departmental Manager apprenticeship and the Level 5 Improvement Specialist.

If the individual is looking to move on to an alternative job role, they may be able to progress into several roles including Project Manager, Business Analyst, Consultancy, Risk Manager or Quality Assurance Manager.


Expected Salary after Completion

The average salary for an Associate Project Manager in the UK is £39,000 as of January 2024.

Salary can range from £29,000-£46,000, dependent on experience and location.


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