Our project management apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work on some of the most fast-paced and exciting projects in the UK.
The government is responsible for a diverse range of projects often on a very large scale and of great complexity. Civil Service apprentices have an unrivalled opportunity to learn the valuable skills and experience they’ll need to develop excellent careers in project management.
You’ll also have the rewarding experience of knowing that the projects you work on can transform the lives of millions of citizens across the UK.
This is a two-year Level 4 higher apprenticeship with a salary between £19,500 and £27,000 (£22,000 minimum in London).
Follow a day in the life of Lizelle on the project delivery scheme in this 2 and a half minute video.
What you’ll do
You’ll be working with experienced project management professionals from day one and have the opportunity to learn from their experience. You’ll work across a range of roles gathering some core skills which may include project reporting, project risk or project finance.
Your role could include:
- contributing to project management practices such as highlight reporting and risk management
- supporting and contributing to the provision of important project milestones
- building and maintaining relationships with a diverse stakeholder community
- supporting project reviews, ensuring that lessons are captured and learned
- reviewing and recording budget expenditure and forecasting
- collection and analysis of complex data to produce monthly reports on project performance for senior management
- producing and updating existing project control guidance
- setting up project files and keeping all electronic files organised in accordance with required programme or project standards
- engaging with suppliers and stakeholders to experience what delivery means on the ground
- assisting in the collation of important metrics or data for use in summary management reports which may at times require issue resolution, renegotiation of deadlines and engagement with team players or stakeholders
What you’ll learn
You’ll take the Level 4 associate project manager apprenticeship standard.
The learning programme lasts for approximately 2 years. You’ll spend 80% of the time in your role and 20% doing classroom training, online learning, project simulations and challenges, assignments, and meetings with your personal coach, mentor, workplace adviser or buddy.
Whilst you’ll get some study leave you will also be expected to study in your own time, particularly around exam time and when you have assignments and portfolio evidence to submit.
To achieve your Level 4 apprenticeship certificate (a qualification in its own right) you’ll need to pass 2 written exams (which lead to your PMQ qualification), produce a portfolio of evidence that shows your competence in the learning areas of the apprenticeship standard, give a 20 minute presentation on your portfolio and have a discussion with an assessment panel.
Where you’ll work
In 2017, the project delivery apprenticeship scheme will be running in the following locations:
- High Wycombe
Depending on the location you choose, you could be working in the following departments:
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Defence
- Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
- Department for Education
- Department for Transport
- Home Office
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
What we’re looking for
You won’t need previous project experience. You’ll get the experience you need while you’re on the programme. We are looking for apprentices who:
- are positive, proactive and make the most of the opportunities available
- are able to balance the demands of working full-time in a fast-paced project environment with diploma studies
- can collaborate and work as part of a team to deliver successful outcomes
- are ambitious, take responsibility and make things happen
- have great verbal and written communication skills
- have good organisation skills with an eye for detail
- are open to new challenges
- are able to see the bigger picture
You’ll need 5 GCSEs, at grade C and above, or the new grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths, or equivalent. You’ll also need 2 A levels, at grade D and above, in any subject. (Or expect to have these qualifications by 31 August 2017.)
You’ll also need to check you meet the general entry requirements, such as age, nationality and residency.
After the apprenticeship
After the scheme, successful apprentices will work in core project delivery roles. This may be in a specialist area such as risk and assurance, planning, reporting or change control. You may manage a small project of your own or you may manage a small piece of a much larger project.
Whatever you choose, there is a great deal of opportunity to have a career that can last for many years, building your experience across different projects and in different roles in government.
Once you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship, you’ll be eligible to apply without a degree for the Fast Stream. This is the Civil Service’s prestigious graduate development programme which prepares participants for leadership roles within the organisation.
Applications are now closed
You can register your interest to get updates for when our next application window will open.