A higher apprenticeship for project management is to be introduced at a college in April.
Milton Keynes College recently hosted a visit by members of the new city and Bucks branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) who were there to find out about the role of apprenticeships in growing the economy.
College principal Dr Julie Mills announced a new addition to the stable with the launch of the Higher Apprenticeship for Project Management through the college from April.
Nat Morosoli from Princes Risborough based professional body the Association for Project Management followed on to describe the recently approved Higher Apprenticeship for Project Management.
As well as the usual technical competences for project management, from planning to risk management, the qualification also has mandatory requirements for behavioural competences in communications, stakeholder management, and leadership, which were seen as essential by the steering committee of corporate members.
Nat stressed that this prestigious qualification should be used to attract and grow talent, with the first companies to adopt the qualification attracting thousands of high quality applications.
IoD members were told that the college has more than 20,000 students and provides services to more than 600 businesses.
Darren Jaundrill from Network Rail told the meeting that the company is “passionate” about professional development, from Apprenticeship to Fellowship, since it is through attracting fresh talent that it is able to nurture future leaders. Network Rail currently supports more than 200 placements a year attracting more than 10,000 applications.
Chris Tomlin, head of leadership and business at the college, gave an overview of apprenticeships offered by the college at different levels before guests were given a tour of the Innovation and Technology Centre, recently refurbished at a cost of £6.3million.
For further information on apprenticeship training contact the college on 01908 637056.