Project Management Apprenticeships: successfully building NHS capability

1 December, 2022

There are a number of fantastic apprenticeships approved for delivery related to project management.

Anthonia Ibeziako, Learning and Development Coordinator at Healthcare Project and Change Association tells us about her experiences of undertaking the Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship:

Brace yourself, Project Management is coming! I don’t mind admitting, but project management used to be a bit of a mystery to me. I didn’t feel it was relevant to my role within the NHS and I was a bit fearful of it. I’ve got this far in my career without it, so why should I learn more about it now?

This was the extent of my thinking before deciding that enrolment onto the L4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship was the best learning outcome for me.

Project management is often an overlooked topic, yet it applies to everyone working in the NHS. A greater range of complex projects are being delivered than ever before and these need to delivered with greater efficiency, at a greater pace, and with a higher degree of certainty. Particularly when with the movement to system wide collaboration through the formation of Integrated Care Boards (ICB’s).

Personally, I wanted to be more confident and effective at delivery projects, undertake learning that would transform my professional career, and enable me to actively take steps to build my capability. I was not aware that there are a number of Project Management related apprenticeships available to NHS colleagues; L4 Data Analyst, L4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship, L6 Project Management (Degree) , and  L7 Systems Thinking Practitioner 

To achieve my career goals, I took time to self-reflect, connect with others, and explore education and training options with my Line Manager. I learn best when it is work-based application over a long time period (rather than a two day course). And taking all of these things into account and after further research I enrolled onto the L4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship – and I never looked back!

A few months after completing my EPA (End Point Assessment) of the L4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship I can safely say that I have become an aspiring Project Manager. I think differently and positively challenge others so that we continually improve our delivery. Importantly, I feel personally and professionally empowered. I have gained personal and professional confidence. The apprenticeship even contributed towards me securing a new job – which I absolutely love!

So, go on, find out more about Project Management Apprenticeships. Who knows you might even enjoy it