Associate Project Manager – Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Project Management is one of the most valuable career paths in business today and one that all of society benefits from. As the pace of life accelerates we are surrounded by opportunities to change just about everything we do and these changes are delivered through projects. Project management techniques can be used to deliver networking events, office moves, new products or IT systems and high profile examples include Crossrail, HS2, The Olympics and even the new challenges of BREXIT.

As a career choice it would be hard to find an option that offers such a variety of interesting opportunities in so many different industries and can keep your work fresh and challenging every day.

The typical route into project delivery is through time-served experience with relevant training as the need arises. This programme provides a highly effective combination of work-related learning together with a structured programme of industry-recognised training that builds towards a suite of recognised project management qualifications and a resumé of project delivery success.

Successful candidates will gain up to three industry recognised certificates, membership of the Association for Project Management (APM) and will be ready to secure a career in a project delivery role and increase their earning potential.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Participants are anticipated to come from all areas of business in both the public and private sectors. No prior knowledge or experience of project management is assumed, however candidates will need the opportunity to work in a project-related role for the duration of the programme.

Candidates must hold at least 5 GCSEs at level C or above including English and Mathematics. Organisations may choose to adapt this criteria for in-house programmes.

DURATION

This programme can be completed in 12-24 months depending upon the capacity available to learn, the priority given to this activity, the appetite for learning at pace and the current levels of experience. A typical programme will span 18-24 months in duration including the End Point Assessment.

Candidates will build a personal development plan which is mapped to both their own learning style and their preferred working and learning patterns. Candidates can choose to evidence 15 of a possible 17 competences which will be carefully selected to reflect their own project roles and related development opportunities

PROGRAMME CONTENT

The Programme is divided into three parallel strands of activity that have been specifically designed to produce project managers with a fully rounded set of capabilities.

TECHNICAL

Participants will be introduced to the APM Body of Knowledge and professional competence model and will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding and ability to apply the tools and techniques of project management.

Participants will study towards an industry recognised IPMA Level D project management qualification and will have the opportunity to elect for a second specialist qualification depending upon their expected career choice.

BEHAVOURIAL

Participants will complete a series of personal evaluations designed to provide an insight into their own personal behaviours and understand their impact on other members of their project teams.

The programme will provide a suite of learning to develop behavioural competence to improve team dynamics and stakeholder engagement.

EXPERIENTIAL

Participants will complete a series of project assignments which have been carefully selected to provide an opportunity both to develop and to showcase their new skills and competences.

During these assignments participants will gather evidence to create a personal portfolio which will be assessed throughout and, formally, at the end of the programme.

Each participant will be assigned a personal insynergi development coach who will guide them through the process and support them every step of the way.

The programme will comprise of the following elements:

    • A Programme Kick Off event which will introduce the content of the programme, the structure, the approach to development and the personal planning structure;
    • An on-line introduction to projects outlining the scope, content and terminology of project delivery;
    • A series of 121 and group coaching sessions to plan, review and enhance your portfolio of project delivery competences;
    • Three core project delivery workshops explaining each of the competences in detail and providing insight into the content and how you can develop evidence for your portfolio. Participants can choose to demonstrate 15 of 17 competences in their portfolio however training will be provided in all of them.
    • A five-day intensive training programme leading to the APM Project Management Qualification (IPMA Level D) an internationally recognised project management certificate.
    • Personality profiling using the Insights® Discovery profiling tool. Candidates will be provided with an insight into their own behavioural preferences.
    • Additional on-line learning and workshops to develop related behavioural skills and competence.
    • An optional elective module – candidates may choose to specialise in a particular path by pursuing a separate industry qualification including:
      • PRINCE2 Foundation
      • Agile Project Management
      • Managing Successful Programmes – Project Planning & Control

In addition, participants will benefit from:

  • A series of networking activities to provide wider insight into the world of project delivery including key-note speakers
  • A series of additional personal evaluations to provide greater insight into your own project delivery style and behaviours
  • A library of carefully selected resources to provide added value learning opportunities
  • A personal mentor assigned from within the organisation
  • Peer networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Access to external expertise via your dedicated coach

WORKSHOP 1

Workshop 1 will include the following key competences:

  • Governance
  • Business Case
  • Project Context
  • Communication
  • Project Scope
  • Professionalism & Ethics

WORKSHOP 2

Workshop 2 will include the following key competences:

  • Leadership
  • Stakeholders
  • Planning
  • Project Schedule
  • Risks & Issues
  • Budgeting & Cost Control

WORKSHOP 3

Workshop 3 will include the following key competences:

  • Project Quality
  • Contracts
  • Teamwork
  • Drive for Results
  • Resource Management

COURSE INFORMATION

This highly engaging programme will be tailored personally to each participant and will provide a most flexible learning experience. A personal development coach will ensure that the learning journey is adapted for each candidate and the learning materials will be selected to support each personal learning style.

Participants in the programme will develop the essential skills needed to successfully deliver projects in any industry including Planning, Risk Management, Change Control, Stakeholder Management, Contract Management and Communication.

The programme will use a combination of on-line resources (including e-learning), self-assessment, highly engaging coach-led workshops, action learning and personal reflection providing multiple sources of input to aid the learning process.

Candidates will be encouraged to plan their development programme using project management principles and to keep a learning journal to record their learning activities, further ideas for competence development and for capturing portfolio evidence. Each participant is expected to devote 20% of their time to learning activities and insynergi will provide specific guidance on which activities can contribute to this.

Candidates will prepare for and sit the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) exam, an industry recognised qualification which can provide a benchmark standard for project delivery staff.

Candidates will complete at least four individual assessments including a full personality profile to provide insight into their personal style of engagement.

Candidates will become Associate Members of the UK Association for Project Management (APM) as a result of completing this programme and will have the option to upgrade to full membership depending upon their experience.

THE BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAMME

TO THE INDIVIDUAL

Gain credible experience in Project Management to enhance your career prospects.

Earn a salary while you develop your skills.

Share your development journey with a cohort of like-minded learners.

Build a strong network of industry relationships both within and outside of your company.

Have a clear development path with opportunities to progress right up to Chartered Project Professional status.

Become a Student member of the Association for Project Management (APM) with the option to upgrade to Associate or Full Member status at the end of the programme.

TO THE ORGANISATION

Enhance your project delivery capability using both new and existing staff.

Future-proof your change delivery capability from the bottom up.

Introduce new and fresh perspectives on your project delivery methods and practices.

Provide opportunities for existing project staff to put something back, transferring their knowledge and experience to new talent.

Enhance your corporate reputation for project delivery and become an employer of choice.

Gain immediate return on investment from change assignments within your business.

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