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Apprentice Associate Project Manager (IT)

• Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship, working towards a professional qualification
• 24-month programme leading to a potential full-time role
• Starting salary package £24,550 (including location allowance) with a potential yearly increase of base salary, depending on performance
• Potential salary package upon qualification £28,535 (including location allowance)
• Pension scheme, fully-funded qualification and 25 days’ annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, flexible working opportunities
• Based at Hanslope Park (free shuttle bus from central Milton Keynes to Hanslope Park)

Whether we're deploying Wi-Fi globally to government buildings or delivering secure tech to the world's most isolated areas, every project needs a plan. That's where our Project Management team shines. They deliver projects end-to-end, considering every single detail as they keep everything on time and on budget. And now, you've got the opportunity to join them.

Whether you’re just leaving school, returning to work after a career break, or looking for a change of career, you’ll combine training and practical work, helping us deliver successful IT solutions around the globe and taking part in real digital projects along the way. At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve a recognised qualification, accredited by the Association for Project Management.

Let’s introduce ourselves
At FCDO Services, we protect the UK’s interests at home and overseas. We design and construct secure government buildings, courier diplomatic packages worldwide, safeguard government tech, and a whole lot more. Our work is as varied and vital as it gets, but we never lose sight of the value of our people. Their skills, aspirations and growth mean as much as the global mission we're on. In our world, it all matters.

So what will you do?
You’ll build advanced skills in the classroom, do real work in the field, and help us to deliver a range of secure IT projects around the world.

Based at Hanslope Park, you’ll complete off-site classroom training and exams as part of your Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship. There’ll be extra training in Prince2 and Agile Project Management, as well as a range of core Civil Service competencies. And alongside, you’ll complete a series of work placements that build your understanding of IT project delivery.

Fully immersed in our Technical and Operations Group, you’ll work as part of our Project Delivery teams. Working alongside experienced project managers, you’ll work on live projects to develop the advanced skills and experience you need to succeed in this field. As well as absorbing knowledge from larger projects, you’ll take on responsibility for delivering smaller projects, always with the support of your colleagues.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll have an professional Project Management qualification.

What we look for
This apprenticeship is open to everyone, but you must:

• Be a British citizen who’s lived in the UK for the last three years before the first day of your apprenticeship (aiming to start September 2024), and for at least five of the last ten years
• Be at least 16 years old by 1 July 2024 so you can obtain Security Check (SC) clearance before your start date
• Have five GCSEs (or equivalent e.g. O levels) at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and Maths,
• Have a minimum of 48 UCAS points or equivalent
• Have the ability to plan, lead and communicate
• Be organised with a creative, intuitive approach to problem solving
• Be reliable, responsive, easy to work with and able to build relationships.

Please note: if you already have a qualification at the same (or a higher level) in a similar discipline, you may not be able to apply unless the apprenticeship qualification provides learning and skills that are materially different to what you’ve studied before. If your qualification is in a different field, then you are eligible to apply.

Because of the secure nature of what we do for our government-level customers, all our employees have to be security cleared before joining us. That’s why, if you’re successful in your application, you’ll need to go through a vetting process. This role will require you to undergo Security Check (SC) clearance before joining, and Developed Vetting (DV) shortly after joining. It’s important information to know, so make sure you read the details before applying. You can find out more about vetting on our careers site or by visiting:

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world.
The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues, with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer. And why we’re recognised as a ‘Carer Confident’ workplace. And it’s how you know you’re joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.

Hanslope Park based posts attract a Location Allowance of £1,750 per annum.

FCDO Services are regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

Job summary

£24,550 including £1,750 location allowance
Hanslope Park
Closing Date
04 March 2024 at midnight

Further information

The following documents provide supporting material for this role. Please note for some documents you may require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • 1.  Extra Information
  • 2.  Candidate Information Pack
  • 3.  Extra Information
  • 4.  Civil Service Recruitment Principles
  • 5.  Civil Service Code