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Job Reference 1681719Apprentice Associate Project Manager (APM)We are looking for ‘can-do’ people who are organised, enjoy planning activities and work well with a diverse range of people. As part of our two-year APM apprenticeship programme you will gain valuable work experience whilst earning a very competitive salary at the same time.

Apprenticeship Summary

Babcock Defence Systems Technology (DST) deliver industry leading engineering and technology services through the customer lifecycle from design and build through to in-service support to our Navy platforms whilst at sea.  Integral to our success has been our Project Management Office (PMO) which works across functions to deliver projects on time and within budget.

As an APM apprentice you will become an important part of our PMO team working on a diverse range of projects where your output can make a real difference.

Your typical daily activities will include:

  • Preparing planning schedules and activities for review
  • Defining work packages
  • Reconciling and analysing data into useful information
  • Developing communication plans and producing reports on delivery, cost and quality

During your apprenticeship you will work in the following areas of the business:

  • Equipment Management
  • Maritime Support Services
  • Programmes and Production
  • In-Service Support

Each placement will last six months, and you will be based in the Bristol area at either our Ashton House site or at Bristol Business Park in Filton.

You will attend college when studying towards your Project Foundation Qualification (PFQ) and Associate Project Manager Qualification (APMQ).

Your technical training will be supplemented with in-house training courses and soft skill training to help you develop your personal and team working skills. You will also be supported by a mentor and in your first year by a buddy who will be an APM/Project Assistant working within the business.

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Closing Date:
30 Apr 2021

£374.00, Weekly

Working week:
Monday - Friday, with a flexible start and finish time, shifts TBC. The company reserves the right to vary, at any time, your normal working hours, in order to meet changing business needs.

Expected duration:
2 years

Possible start date:
6 Sep 2021

Date posted:
2 weeks ago

Apprenticeship level:

Reference number:

4 available


Laura Thomas[email protected]

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills – written and verbal
  • IT proficient
  • Good numerical skills
  • Good people skills – good at influencing people and team working

Personal qualities

  • Robust work ethic
  • A willingness to take responsibility for personal, academic and vocational development
  • ‘Can do’ attitude
  • Resilient and determined– able to work under pressure
  • Adaptable to change

Desired qualifications

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) which includes GCSEs at grades B/6 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English.

3 A Levels at grade B or above or an equivalent Level 3 qualification e.g. BTEC at Merit or Distinction.

Future prospects

The aim of the apprenticeship is to prepare you for a permanent project management role working as an APM within Defence Systems Technology.  We are also committed to supporting further development of our ex-apprentices through further education and technical training.

Things to consider

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

About the employer

This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training. 

Defence Systems Technology (DST) forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation. Our dynamic and motivated leadership team is committed to an exciting transformation agenda that will help DST to innovate, modernise and create a more people-focussed business that can support our customers’ mission.  Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, DST employs approximately 1,600 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Ashchurch.

We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.

In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:

  • Flexible working – we give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met
  • Growth opportunities
  • Potential to develop skills
  • To work on some of the most exciting engineering projects this country has to offer
  • Opportunities to develop your career

As well as:

  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, shopping offers and discounts
  • Employee Share Scheme
  • Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support, advice and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities
  • If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments

Babcock Integrated Technology Ltd

Unit 100
BS16 1EJ


Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

The apprenticeship typically takes 18 months to complete; learners will be encouraged to complete both the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) and APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) which will cover the knowledge of the apprenticeship standard. Followed by the final End Point Assessment (EPA), portfolio, presentation and professional discussion covering the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours.

The Association for Project Management (APM) Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) is an introductory certificate which covers elements of the project management life cycle and knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge, including planning and scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.

Apprentices will typically complete the PFQ within the first 4 months of starting their apprenticeship to ensure they have the underpinning knowledge. The PFQ will be delivered over 2 workshops followed by a 1 hour, 60 question multiple choice exam.

The Association for Project Management (APM) Project Management Qualification (PMQ) covers broader knowledge in all areas of project management and covers knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge, including budgeting and cost management, conflict management, communication, earned value management, leadership, negotiation, procurement, sponsorship and teamwork. The PFQ is delivered between month 9 and 12 of the apprenticeship, prior to the EPA Gateway. The PMQ will be delivered over 5 workshops followed by a 3-hour, 10 question exam.

Training Provider
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

Laura Thomas[email protected]

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