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Associate Project Manager Higher Apprenticeship – C5955

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Course Overview

This apprenticeship has been developed to prepare you for an associate project manager role at level 4. 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. Typical job titles for the role might include assistant project manager, junior project manager, associate project manager, project team member. Project managers can work in the private, public or third sector (charities, voluntary and community groups, cooperatives etc) and in all sizes of organisation.

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.
As an apprentice, you are entitled to at least the apprenticeship rate of the national minimum wage (NMW) in the first year of your apprenticeship. If you are aged 19 or over in the second year of your apprenticeship, you will be entitled to the ordinary NMW. The NMW for apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship programme will require you to develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours in a commercial environment and achieve a series of standards to prove your competence in: Project governance, Project stakeholder management, Project leadership, Consolidated planning, Budgeting and cost control, Business case and benefits management, Project scope, Resource management, Project risk and issue management, Contract management and procurement. This apprenticeship is portfolio-based and assessed in the workplace. The programme is delivered via a blend of e-learning and classroom delivery with support from your assessor. You may also be offered additional support to complete functional skills if you haven’t achieved a level 1 or 2 qualification in both maths and English.

Year 2

In the second year of the apprenticeship you will continue to develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours in project management. You will complete the Level D International Project Management Association (IPMA) qualification, continue to develop your portfolio of evidence and prepare for your independent end point assessment.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set their own entry requirements for their apprentices. Typically candidates will have achieved a grade C or above in at least 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics,

How you will be assessed

Assessment for this apprenticeship is largely via a portfolio of evidence gathered at work. You will be regularly visited at work by your trainer/assessor from Leicester College, who will support your development of a portfolio, demonstrating learning and development activities with their application in the workplace and completion of the IPMA Level D Project Management qualification. Towards the end of your course, you will undertake an End Point Assessment process that includes a presentation of a portfolio of evidence and a professional discussion relating to CPD activity.

Course Fees

Tuition fees


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

Following on from this apprenticeship you will be eligible to enrol onto the level 5 Operational / Departmental Manager Apprenticeship or level 6 Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship. This could also lead to permanent employment with your apprenticeship employer (around 70% of apprentices who successfully complete their course stay with the same employer) or you could find work in specialist role within an industrial or commercial sector.

What Happens Next

You can express your interest for this apprenticeship by completing a Leicester College application form or alternatively you can apply for one of our live apprenticeship vacancies via the College website. Our apprenticeships can also be found on the government’s apprenticeship site, gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. As with any other job application, if you are shortlisted then you will be invited for interview at the employer’s premises. You can apply for as many apprenticeship vacancies as you want.

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