The Project Manager's Apprentice

APM in conjunction with Skills CFA have announced the official launch of the new Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management, and it will be interesting to see how many IT-based employers take up this opportunity.

For more details, see http://www.apm.org.uk/apprenticeship

What's interesting is that this is pitched up to Level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), the equivalent of the first year of a degree, and clearly presents progression opportunities as part of the coalition government's strategy to get more people into work through the apprenticeship route. This means both employers and training providers have to be on board, therefore creating awareness to potential beneficiaries is the first part of this strategy. It is not clear how eligibility will affect organisations in the rest of the UK given the devolved nature of educational funding, but as a model that could build into Foundation Degree offerings and first degrees, it has to be a step in the right direction. E-Skills UK have for some years offered the Degree in IT Management for Business (ITMB) which includes professional placements, and so similar things are already happening in IT.

Some have argued that universities are not delivering graduates with the right skills, and so vocational degrees and employer-driven curriculum has become very much flavour of the month. Notwithstanding the Olympics, of course. They used some apprentices as part of their legacy developments, and so I guess there is a direct link.

So will it catch on? Would you take on an IT (project) apprentice, or do you need 'oven ready' graduates?

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