Associate Project Manager Higher Apprenticeship

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Course Overview

Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across diverse industry sectors. They can be large or small. Every project needs to be managed to ensure its success, an associate project manager knows what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost, and works with the project team to
achieve the required outcomes. Associate project managers need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills. An associate project manager utilises resources with suitable skills, qualifications, experience and knowledge to work together in a motivated and integrated team, with clearly defined reporting lines, roles, responsibilities and authorities. Dependent upon the size of the organisations and the complexity of projects, associate project managers’ job titles will vary, but typically they can include: assistant project manager, junior project manager, project team leader. Some organisations use ‘project manager’ as a generic job title. An apprenticeship is a job with training. You will be employed at least 30 hours a week, with 80% of your working hours in your day-to-day role, and the remaining 20% of your time engaged in training or study.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

An associate project manager will be able to understand and have knowledge of:
• Project governance – different types of organisational structures and responsibilities, functions and project phases on different types of project. How governance can control and manage the successful delivery of projects. The significance of the project management plan (PMP).
• Project stakeholder management – stakeholders: their perspectives, different interests and levels of influence upon project outcomes.
• Project communication – key contexts of a project communication plan, its effectiveness in managing different stakeholders. Factors which can affect communications such as cultural and physical barriers.
• Project leadership – 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. Leadership styles, qualities and the importance of motivation on team performance. Characteristics of the working environment which encourage and
sustain high performance.
• Consolidated planning – 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.
• Budgeting and cost control – funding, estimating, overheads; direct costs, indirect costs, fixed costs, variable costs and an overall budget for a project; tracking systems for actual costs, accruals and committed costs; alternative cost breakdowns to provide for graphical representations, and performance management.
• Business case and benefits management – preparation and/or maintenance of business cases, including benefits management.
• Project scope – requirements management, and evaluation of alternative methods to learn from the past to improve delivery. Project scope change control, baseline change management, configuration management.
• Project schedule – scheduling and estimating for project activities including how they can be quality assessed. Progress monitoring and metrics to assess work performed against the schedule. Schedule management methods to evaluate and revise activities to improve confidence in delivery.

Year 2

An associate project manager will be able to demonstrate the following skills within the context of your organisation.
• Project governance – project monitoring and reporting cycle to track, assess and interpret performance by the application of monitoring techniques to analyse the status and manage information.
• Stakeholder and communications management – manage stakeholders, taking account of their levels of influence and particular interests. Manage conflicts and negotiations. Communicate to a variety of different audiences. Contribute to negotiations relating to project objectives.
• Budgeting and cost control – develop and agree on project budgets, monitor forecast and actual costs against them and control changes. Support funding submissions. Tracking systems for actual costs, accruals and committed costs; structures for alternative cost breakdowns.
• Business case – contribute to the preparation or maintenance of a business case including achieving required outcomes.
• Scope management – determine, control and manage changes to the scope of a project, including assumptions, dependencies and constraints.
• Consolidated planning – 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.
• Schedule management – prepare and maintain schedules for activities aligned to project delivery.
• Risk, and issue management – identify and monitor project risk or opportunity, plan and implement responses to them, contribute to a risk management plan. Respond to and manage issues within a defined governance structure.
• Contract management and procurement – facilitate a procurement process, contribute to the definition of contractual agreements and contribute to managing a contract.
• Quality management – develop a quality management plan, manage project assurance, and contribute to peer reviews. Utilise an organisation’s continual improvement process including lessons learned.
• Resource management – develop resource management plans for project activities, acquire and manage resources including commitment acceptance, monitor progress against plans.

Entry Requirements

Typically candidates will have achieved a grade C or above in at least five GCSEs including English and maths, and hold a minimum of 120 UCAS points, or equivalent.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed under the EPA- Endpoint assessment which consists of professional discussion, job knowledge and a number of completed assignments which will be marked by the assessor.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £0

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0

Tuition Fees (19+): £0

Additional Costs



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

Upon commencement, apprentices may become student members of the Association for Project Management (APM) as the first step of professional membership. Apprentices will be eligible for progression to associate membership upon successful completion of the apprenticeship. Full membership can be attained through further experience and professional development. You may progress on to management courses such as those offered by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

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