Aqa Education

Project Manager Apprentice (COO) - Higher (Level 4)

Aqa Education (Employer)

Instep UK Limited (Training Provider)

Annual wage £17,809.00
37.5 hours per week Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm
24 months (duration)
9 January 2023(start date)
Associate project manager (apprenticeship standard)
24 October 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Project Managers are the backbone of AQA’s projects, they make sure things are done on time, in budget and they have the desired impact and meet the needs of the business. They work as a part of the COO Projects and Programmes Team, who make strategic customer focused changes that enable AQA to meet their needs.


What will the apprentice be doing?

This is a Hybrid opportunity, with up to 3 days a week working from home.

What will the role involve?

Project Managers are tasked with learning and working alongside colleagues from the COO Department to make strategic changes that benefit AQA customers. They work with many people across the business, from the IT department through to HR and Strategic Development, to handle a variety of stakeholders and take responsibility for the delivery of tech solutions. To be able to do this, Project Managers need to be able to understand and appreciate the structure and dependencies of other departments.


  • Follow project processes to make sure that projects are high quality and meet the needs of the wider business and the programme within the deadline and budget
  • Create plans, business cases and present management information in a clear way to allow for easy understanding and decision making
  • Work as a part of the COO Team and in the wider business to ensure that AQA project plans are in line with capacity plans and available resources
  • Effectively manage risk and stakeholder expectations
  • Work and communicate closely with AQA and the IT Team keep projects moving forward and ensure that any issues impeding progress are identified, shared, and resolved quickly
  • Build and maintain connections with project and portfolio authority groups as well as key stake holders with a high level of communication to make sure project progress is always clear
  • Actively seek out opportunities to improve best practice and demonstrate application of good authority and lessons learned as part of a continuous improvement cycle

Who will I be working with?

Project Managers work with colleagues from Operations, Assessment and Product Development, which are part of the COO Department, but they also work heavily with other departments to make sure there’s enough resources and everything is running according to the deadline and budget of the project.

The COO Team shapes and enables the future of AQA, so the Project Manager will be involved in some of the exciting solutions that’ll keep AQA evolving! As well as your team, you’d need to interact with stakeholders and other AQA departments so they’re looking for someone with great interpersonal skills that loves working as part of a big team.

What’s in it for you?

AQA offers an amazing range of benefits including:

  • Up to 34 days’ annual leave
  • Office closure at Christmas and New Year
  • Hybrid working up to 3 days a week
  • Free access to the Headspace app
  • Defined pension contribution of up to 18.5%
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Premium employee assistance programme
  • Maternity, paternity, and adoption schemes

Plus, many more!

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • You will study for a Level 4 Associate Project Manager qualification over this 24 month apprenticeship. You will spend 80% of your time learning on the job, and 20% working towards your apprenticeship

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • AQA are also committed to continuing your development. As you go through your apprenticeship, you will be encouraged to talk about your future with AQA and all future progression will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
  • This could mean further apprenticeship opportunities or qualifications to broaden your knowledge and skill set, or opportunities to move into a permanent role within the business upon successful completion of your apprenticeship

Skills Required

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working

Qualifications Required

GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSE's including Maths and English (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Level 3 Qualification including BTEC,NVQ or A-Leve (Grade A*-C or equivalent) Essential
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