The Science & Engineering Council

Associate Project Management Apprentice (31468)


The Science & Engineering Council

Training Provider:

The Growth Company

Weekly wage £303.25
37.0 hours per week Monday - Friday, shifts TBC.
duration: 2 years
start: 16 March 2020
Higher(level 4-7)
Associate project manager (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
6 March 2020 (application closing date)
We have an exciting opportunity for two Associate Project Management apprenticeships within the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at Daresbury Laboratory.


The Associate Project Management Apprenticeships will be based within the following departments:

Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC):

Formed in 2001, ASTeC was created as a centre of excellence for study of the production, acceleration and delivery of charged particle beams, born out of decades of advanced particle accelerator research and development.

Our research and development in particle accelerators are aimed at delivering societal benefits. We do this both directly and indirectly, through scientific research delivered nationally and internationally at the facilities we underpin. We maximise the impact of our research by applying our expertise and knowhow in other areas such as health, security, environment, energy and industrial manufacturing.

Digital Infrastructure (DI):

DI provides the infrastructure and enterprise services that underpin STFC’s programme activities. Within the department a small portfolio office manages the delivery of a variety of IT projects that impact across both STFC and wider UKRI.

The projects managed through the portfolio office cover a number of disciplines including, but not limited to IT Security, Networks, Applications, Telephony, Cloud, Infrastructure, Data Management and High-Performance Computing.

We are recruiting for one apprentice within each of these departments, but there will be the opportunity for each apprentice to switch departments to further their development and broaden their experience and knowledge within STFC.

In both roles, the apprentice will gain first-hand exposure to the management of complex and multi-million-pound projects with the emphasis on learning in the workplace on live projects, supported by theoretical learning.

In return, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on real projects early on in your role, where you’ll also learn the specialist skills tailored to the knowledge, skills and behaviours of a competent Project Manager. You will receive mentoring from trained project professionals as well as access to internal and external training courses.

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting project managers to resolve any issues
  • Supporting project managers with project activities, such as reviewing budgets, managing risks, stakeholder management and progress updates
  • Reviewing project documentation
  • Project reporting; producing reports and MI
  • Project administration and monitoring
  • Supporting project management boards
  • Organising and attending project meetings; producing minutes and clear actions with SMART Objectives
  • Communicate with staff of all levels across departments, as well as external partners

The apprentice will have an internal network to support their development and learning. Full training and support will be provided by our expert training and assessment colleagues at The Growth Company, Manchester.

“Everyone I have had the opportunity to work with has helped me in my development and progression and through my experience and the support of those around me, I have been able to successfully progress within the organisation.” – Louise Smith, former L4 Associate Project Management Apprentice within ASTeC and currently IT Project Manager / Business Analyst (Digital Infrastructure)

Qualifications you will achieve as part of your Project Management Apprenticeship:

  • Associate Project Manager Level 4 Apprenticeship
  • APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

This apprenticeship will provide the successful candidate with the tools, knowledge and experience that is needed to successfully manage complex projects. It would ideally suit someone with some commercial/industry experience who is looking to move into a project support role whilst developing professional skills and accreditation in this area.

Future Prospects

Possible progression within the company and progression onto the next-level apprenticeship.

Skills Required

  • Previous commercial/industry experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Competent in Microsoft Office programs such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • A self-starter; conscientious about self-development

Qualities Required

  • Can work as part of a team – an ability to gain credibility and build rapport with colleagues is a must (I)
  • Use own initiative, whilst demonstrating good attention to detail
  • Enthusiasm
  • Persistence
  • Tenacity

Qualifications Required

  • 5 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths, English and science
  • A minimum of 2 A Levels, or a BTEC, and/or have achieved a previous Level 3 apprenticeship (or equivalent)

Training Provided

Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Associate Project Manager Level 4 Apprenticeship
  • APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
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