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Apprenticeship: A New Way into Project Management?

One of the questions we get time and again is “How do I get into Project Management?” Until recently our advice has tended to focus on finding opportunities within project based organisations (paid or unpaid) where an individual could pick up valuable experience rather than pointing them at training courses where they can attain theoretical knowledge. For those already working, establishing if there is the possibility of working as part of a project team; or if their current role/experience is unrelated to project management, what about volunteering on a third sector project? The launch of the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management would now appear to offer another option for a chosen few. Aimed largely, but not exclusively, at school leavers and recent graduates, this nationally-accredited scheme aims to provide the training and development to take project novices to a point where they can effectively contribute to large programmes or take responsibility for small work packages. Image courtesy Bosc d’Anjou @Flickr Anyone familiar with the traditional apprenticeship model will recognise and appreciate what the scheme is attempting to achieve. At the end of your training, you would expect to have a sub set of project management skills and the ability to be able to work unsupervised. Over time, you would be given greater responsibility and embark on further education, training and CPD to progress up the ladder to being recognised as a fully fledged Project Manager

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