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2023 Project Planning and Controls Apprentice

Thales Group UK
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8 Dec 2022

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Level 4 Project Management Associate Apprenticeship – Project Planning and Controls Apprentice

Are you looking for an employer who will sponsor you through your qualifications, whilst providing valuable and exciting on-the-job experience within a global, innovative and industry leading organisation? If so, read on to see what Thales has on offer.

Location: Crawley

This exciting apprenticeship will give you the skills and knowledge to be an effective Project Planning and Controls Apprentice within the Bid and Project Management Function at Thales. The apprentice programme will provide a strong understanding and working knowledge of planning, scheduling, monitoring and controls. The Bid and Project Management functions’ key responsibilities are to ensure strong governance over bids and projects and oversee the implementation of consistent and assured processes.

Key Responsibilities:

•           Assist with the creation and maintenance of the integrated master schedules for assigned projects.

•           Contribute to project reports and attend associated reviews.

•           Assist in the deployment & reporting of risk & opportunity management.

•           Help the project team ensure correct and effective project governance is applied.

•           Operate Thales mandated tools including Primavera, Smartcore and Risk X.

•           To attend training as required and pass all examinations and continuous learning modules as specified by the course.

The Programme:

Through our higher apprenticeship you’ll be making the most of your talents, getting to understand the business from the ground up; and doing so with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry.

This is an 18 month apprenticeship delivered in partnership with our external partner Corndel and working towards the Level 4 Project Management Associate standard. The programme is delivered via a blended delivery model including virtual workshops for each of the learning modules, and 1-2-1 coaching sessions with a dedicated skills coach every other week to underpin work based learning.

At the end of the programme you will have achieved the APM Project Management Qualification, as well as the Level 4 Project Manager Associate apprenticeship and you will be working as a Project Planner/Controller within the Project Management job family.

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivated, committed and keen to learn. A self-starter who is able to manage their time, show initiative and has a genuine interest in project planning/controls and Thales. Successful candidates will show self-discipline and an aspiration to achieve the qualification.

Entry requirements:

Two A Levels grade A-C or an equivalent level qualification. You will also require 5 GCSE’s A-C (9-4) including English and Maths.

Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the 18 month programme.

Please note, assessment centres for shortlisted candidates will be held on Wednesday 3rd May 2023. Induction week for all Graduate and Apprentices will commence on Monday 4th September until Friday 8th September 2023.                                                                                                                                 

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Monday 16th January 2023, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note, we will be in contact by the end of January 2023 with details of next steps.

All apprentices require full Security Clearance in line with United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) requirements - to gain clearance you will typically need to have been a UK resident for a minimum of 12 months. As part of this process you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history.

For further details of the evidence required to apply for Security Clearance please refer to



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