Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across diverse industry sectors. They can be large or small and may be stand-alone or apart of an integrated programme. Whatever its size of scope, every project needs to be managed to ensure its success.
In executing the role successfully, an associate project manager has the expertise to know what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost. He/she will work with a project team to achieve all the required outcomes on time.
Associate project managers need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills. They also need to create motivated and integrated teams with clear reporting lines and defined responsibilities in order to utilize the project's resources effectively and efficiently to deliver the maximum return on investment.
Dependent upon the size of the organisation and the scope and 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. This apprenticeship programme is suitable for all these roles.
Typically it takes between 18 and 30 months to complete, with an average around 24 months, but this may vary depending on the previous experience and knowledge of the individual.
This apprenticeship has been designed to provide access to development opportunities for as wide a range of individuals as possible. It is appropriate for those already in project management roles who may already have developed extensive practical experience but who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills. It is also appropriate for newly appointed project managers taking fully responsibility for the first time. One aspect of this programme is the inclusion of work-based learning focused on real-time projects providing measurable pay-off for the organization.
At the end of the apprenticeship programme each person undergoes an 'End Point Assessment' to assess the level of achievement. The assessment approach is critical, robust, challenging and testing, and ensures that apprentices meet the skills, knowledge and behaviour outcomes as defined in the Standard. To ensure that individuals are making progress towards this Standard, intermediate assessments and monitoring will take place regularly and each person is required to maintain a comprehensive Reflective Learning Journal recording their individual progress and experiences.
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