Christine Miles – Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprentice at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – on how her apprenticeship secured her a promotion

What would you say to someone considering a Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship?

“To anyone considering a project management apprenticeship I would advise them to be very aware of how much of a commitment it is, because when you get on the vehicle you are required to complete the apprenticeship.

Think about your work commitment and your available free time so you don’t fall behind with the apprenticeship or in your day job. Overall the experience has been very positive and I would want to emphasise that.”

How has the apprenticeship affected your role?

“When I started my apprenticeship I was a PA in project support, an NHS band 5 employee. Now, I have completed the studies (including additional study in my own time), I am equipped to become a project manager.

I interviewed for the project manager role, and secured the position taking me from a band 5 to a band 7 employee, which is quite an achievement – I would put that down to the apprenticeship for giving me the extra knowledge. I’ve worked really hard and to jump up by two bands really is quite significant.

If I hadn’t done the apprenticeship I wouldn’t be in the role I’m in now and wouldn’t have progressed from band 5 to band 7. My progression in responsibilities and role is unbelievable in such a short time.”

How has the apprenticeship aided your development?

“The apprenticeship has given me the intellect to understand the terminology in project management and has added weight to what I knew already.  Ultimately, the project manager is accountable for the success or failure of the project. It’s made me think a lot more methodically about how I go about things.

I love being a project manager – I really love it. After I finish the apprenticeship I want to become a full time project manager.”

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