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The Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management launches at APM Annual Conference

Friday, 29 June 2012
By: Skills CFA

Our Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management, developed with the Association for Project Management (APM), was launched on Wednesday 27 June at APM’s annual conference.

The higher apprenticeship was unveiled after the Level 4 Diploma in Project Management, which underpins the higher apprenticeship, was accredited by Ofqual.

Aspiring project managers will now be able to choose a new career path from September as the level 4 QCF qualification, now on the Register of Regulated Qualifications, is available to learners, employers and training providers.

Speaking at the launch, our Chief Operating Officer, James Turner, said: “I’m so delighted that the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management has been launched. I am confident that this apprenticeship will have a huge impact on aspiring project managers and the businesses that employ them.

“I am extremely grateful to all the employers and stakeholders for their contributions to this particularly important apprenticeship which I am confident will help develop the profession of project management across all business sectors in the UK.”

APM Chief Executive, Andrew Bragg, said: “Project management is a highly inclusive profession, and APM is proud of its latest collaborative venture which helps professionalise project management yet further by creating new routes into it.”

The launch was also headlined by a speech from top British Airways executive, John Bevan, Head of Corporate Programmes.

The higher apprenticeship, which is equivalent to the first year of a degree course, was developed with more than 80 organisations being actively involved in the consultation and design to ensure the qualification reflects current demand in the market.

Gill Hancock, product development manager at APM, said: “It’s very different from other qualifications offered by APM, as it is delivered over a period of time.”

The apprenticeship is likely to take two years to complete and apprentices will attain technical knowledge required to manage projects in unfamiliar environments.

John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “By creating new higher apprenticeship opportunities for young people to develop project management skills up to degree equivalent, we’ll build stronger companies and redefine the concept of higher education.”

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To date, 24 people have been signed up to be the first to undertake the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management.

For more information about the Higher Apprenticeship, please visit APM's Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management site.


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