This higher level 4 Project Management apprenticeship is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours of someone who has to manage both small and large projects. The potential opportunities available for organisations are huge as projects can be large or small, defined and delivered within different contexts and across diverse industry sectors.  A Swarm trained project manager will develop a more commercial mindset and use enterprising skills to think creatively in knowing what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost, and works with the a team to achieve the required outcomes.

It will typically take up to 18 months+ to complete, although the exact duration will be dependent on the previous experience of the individual.

Link to professional registration: Upon commencement, apprentices may become student members of the Association for Project Management (APM) as the first step of professional membership. Apprentices will be eligible for progression to associate membership upon successful completion of the apprenticeship. Full membership can be attained through further experience and professional development.

Professional Qualification: Each Learner will embark on an APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) which is at IPMA Level D

Course Structure

Level: Level 4

Duration: 18- 24 Months

Qualifications: APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

*Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

How Its Delivered:

  • Monthly one to one tuition and mentoring

  • Regular full day training workshops (in a central location)

  • Management of a real business impact project

  • Assigned a business mentor to aid in impact development

  • E-Portfolio and training resources

  • End point assessment at the end of the course

Entry Requirements : 
Learners must be employed within a role that will enable them to evidence the requirements of the qualification. Learners should also possess communication skills sufficient to allow them to address the assessment requirements of the qualification. 


Download the Apprenticeship Standard

Download the APM Project Management Qualification Syllabus


Costs & Funding

Funding Available: 90% of the agreed training costs up to the maximum funding cap up of £9,000 for this standard. 

Costs Example:

  • Full Course Training Value = £9,000

  • Government Contribution = £8,100 (90% of the maximum £9,000)

  • Balance left to pay = £900 +VAT

Funding Information

From May 2017, the government will have a funding band allocated to each apprenticeship and that funding band have a maximum amount of funding that the government is prepared to pay towards your apprenticeship training.

Currently this is 90% of the agreed price up to the maximum funding cap for training and assessment, and you as the employer will pay the remaining 10%. If the training you want is higher than the maximum funding cap then you will be required to pay the difference in full.

Do you have less than 50 employees? 

Employers with fewer than 50 workers will benefit from 100% of the apprenticeship training costs (upto the maximum funding cap) if the apprentice is between 16 and 18 years old or an 19 to 24 year old apprentice who was formerly in care or has a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan.

Additional Support for Small Employers (Under 50 employees)

16-18 Year old Incentive

If you take on an apprentice who is aged between 16-18 or aged 19 to 24 who have previously been in care or who have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan, you as a small employer you will receive an extra £1,000 towards the extra costs of supporting them. This will be paid to employers in two equal installments at 3 months and 12 months from the training provider.