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Level 6 Project management apprenticeship

Network Rail
York, London, Manchester
Closing date
20 Apr 2023

Our Project Management apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to gain practical knowledge into a Project Managers responsibility for the end-to-end delivery of projects. 

The apprenticeship is designed to develop your understanding on delivering projects in line with defined objectives and taking decisions to manage stakeholder expectations by leading a multi-skilled, cross-disciplinary team to deliver the project to time, cost and quality requirements. 

This apprenticeship is designed to offer generous study support and opportunity to complete your qualification along with plenty of chances to apply your learning in the workplace. As we’re big believers in agile and flexible working and promoters of a diverse and inclusive culture, we’ll encourage you to bring your whole self to work every day.  

OverviewWe can offer you a competitive starting salary, with the opportunity to increase this throughout the scheme in line with your developmental growth.You will be based at the Network Rail offices in Derby, London, Manchester or York.The scheme will last for four years, each year with its own milestones and targets which you will set out to achieve and take the next step towards becoming a qualified Project Management Professional.College is a mixture of online and classroom-based study for the duration of the scheme (one day a week on average).

Who you are 

We look for people who drive for results with the ability to inspire and support project team members and manage stakeholder relationships. You are able to work collaboratively and develop key networks, whilst also using leadership skills to drive results and inspire project team members.  

You are someone who has a solution focus, not a problem focus and will look at the bigger picture with the ability to develop innovative and workable solutions to problems.  

We respect people who are open, approachable and authentic and can build and maintain trust with others. You actively seek the views of others and value diversity internally and externally. 

We invest in you and give you vast exposure to different areas and aspects of Network Rail, because you will be the future of our business and its contribution to the country. In return, we respect individuals who are driven, hardworking and uphold Network Rail’s values and behaviours. 

What you’ll be doing 

The Project Management apprenticeship enables you to rotate across various functions, working on a multitude of projects. You will be involved in all aspects of the Project Management process, applying appropriate governance and project management methods and techniques to initiate and execute projects to meet strategic objectives. You will gain an appreciation of programme management techniques and an understanding of how projects are managed within a larger programme. 

Using your knowledge, skills and leadership behaviours you will manage the social, legal and environmental implications of a project. In addition, you will manage a variety of interfaces with the organisational entities involved projects, reporting to the project sponsor and working within the requirements of the programme and portfolio as appropriate.  

You will also develop the competencies to contribute to benefits management and realisation, consolidating appropriate metrics to report thus ensuring that identified business benefits are achieved. 

You will learn how to create an environment for an inclusive and diverse organisational culture. Working collaboratively to build rapport and trust, you will develop networks and maintain relationships using your effective communication skills to build and inspire teams to improve performance and achieve outcomes. You will assist in delegating tasks, setting goals and accountabilities, providing clear guidance and monitoring progress. 

What you’ll get out of it  

Apprentices will achieve either a BA or BSc Honours degree in Project Management.  

Apprentices are required to achieve an International Project Management Association (IPMA) Level D qualification or equivalent, prior to taking the end point assessment. 

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. 

On successful completion, apprentices are eligible to become full members of Association for Project Management (APM), the Chartered Body for the Project Profession. 

The opportunities it leads to  

Completion of the Project Management apprenticeship can lead to career development within the organisation in roles such as Project Management Assistant or Portfolio Manager. Or you may choose to progress within roles outside of the Project Management function within a commercial or programme controls role. 

The entry requirements 

Appropriate level 3 qualifications on entry e.g. 3 GCE “A” Levels at Grades A to C, or a vocational equivalent. Apprentices are also expected to have typically achieved Maths and English at Level 2 prior to starting the apprenticeship. 

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