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The Association for Project Management (@APPMrojectMgmt) calls on employers to invest in project management skills through learning

APM survey finds 77% of project managers working in organizations offering learning programs say it greatly benefits project work across the business
“The project management apprenticeship program is becoming one of our most popular roles in the business,” says Anne Ashworth, employee learning manager at Pearson, the premier learning company in the world.
The Association for Project Management (APM), the accredited body for the project profession, calls on employers to invest in better project delivery through project management apprenticeship programs for their staff and new apprentices. The call comes ahead of National Learning Week, which will run from February 7-13, 2022.

This follows a recent APM survey of 1,000 project professionals (with research firm Censuswide), which found that among respondents who say their company offers project management apprenticeships, the majority (77%) consider that the learnings are beneficial for the project work within their company1 . Additionally, 40 percent say apprentices help create a more diverse workforce, 39 percent say apprenticeships are a good way to recruit and retain talent, and more than a third (36 percent) who say that apprentices bring new ideas to the organization.

Pearson, the world’s first apprenticeship company, launched its project management apprenticeship program in the UK in 2017. Available to employees of the organization and new apprentices joining the company, Pearson offers the both the Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship and the Level 6 Integrated Project Manager. Diploma apprenticeship, which includes APM’s Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

Anne Ashworth, Head of Employee Learning at Pearson, says: “The Project Management Apprenticeship Program is fast becoming one of our most popular roles in the business, with four people currently participating in the program. It was amazing to see people from different levels of our company take on the challenge and complete their apprenticeship. As a result, they bring so much value to our organization with enhanced project management skills, driving efficiencies in projects and ultimately better consumer satisfaction.

Agueda Varela, PMO & Compliance Analyst at Pearson says: “Doing an apprenticeship in project management helped me progress in my career and change departments and roles. I learned new skills and was supported throughout the process to learn on the job.

Raman Gurnani, Portfolio Manager at Pearson, who recently completed the Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship, notes“As a direct result of this learning, I had the opportunity to contribute to our Strategic Portfolio Maintenance (SPM) guidance and develop new simplified project management guidance and tools, which are now used across the department.”

Riccardo Bertoldo, data and reporting analyst at Pearson and foFirst Level 4 APM Apprentice says: “The benefits of completing an apprenticeship are not only APM qualifications where you gain skills and knowledge, but also putting them into practice in the workplace. I encourage employers to seriously consider the apprenticeship route Completing an apprenticeship gives employees confidence and new skills, and in return they will come up with innovative ways of working that will support your business.”

In anticipation of National Learning Week, Jackie Martin, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning at APM, says: “Now more than ever, businesses and communities depend on talented project professionals because projects and project work are here to stay. We urge employers to invest in skills development through apprenticeships for the value they can provide and for the long-term benefits of completing projects.

“As an approved body for the project profession, we are committed to promoting and encouraging better skills development and training. The growth of project work means that more project professionals will be needed, and apprenticeships are a fantastic way to help bridge the gap as they combine a professional qualification with sustained learning and development whilst working in a full-time. »

APM also offers free membership to students and apprentices over the age of 16. Student members can benefit from a range of online resources, networking opportunities and events. Visit apm.org.uk/membership for details.

*44% of survey respondents said their company organizes project management apprenticeships

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