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IT Project Management Apprentice

Employer description:
The University of Manchester is a truly global institution, with a reputation for education and innovation that reaches across the world. Current rankings place us among the world's best universities and benefits. 
We're wholeheartedly committed to staff well-being, career, personal development and equality, diversity and inclusion. 
We're pleased to report consistently high levels of staff satisfaction - in our last staff survey, 94% of respondents said the University is a good place to work, and 92% said they're proud to work here. 

The University of Manchester has currently embarked on an ambitious £400+ million construction project to create a new engineering campus to support innovative teaching and learning and cutting-edge research. The new campus will be the size of approximately 11 football pitches and will support almost 7,000 students and 1,300 members of staff. 

Vacancy overview:
IT Services at the University of Manchester are currently seeking a driven and enthusiastic individual for a Project Management Apprentice position to assist with the implementation of a large-scale IT infrastructure project as part of the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD).

You will be working alongside experienced IT Programme and Project Managers to define, document and carry out a wide variety of projects or sub-projects for the MECD programme. As part of the apprenticeship, you will gain experience of working across all phases of the project lifecycle.

Main responsibilities: [Dependent on the assignment, the general duties include:]
• Defines, documents and safely executes small-scale projects, or sub-projects, actively participating in all phases of the project. Identifies, assesses and manages risks to the success of the project.
• Prepares and maintains realistic project schedules and quality plans and tracks all activities against them, providing regular and accurate reports to senior management, and client/user management as appropriate.
• Reports progress on business readiness targets, business engagement activity, training design and deployment activities, key operational metrics and return to productivity measures.
• Monitors costs, timescales and resources used, and takes action where these deviate from agreed tolerances.
• Assists the user community in provision of transition support and change planning, and liaises with the project team.
• Ensures that own projects are formally closed and, where appropriate, subsequently reviewed, and that lessons learned are captured and actioned. Produces appropriate documentation to support these processes. 
Desired skills: 
• A passion for Project Management, preferably within an IT environment, and a desire to work in a customer-facing role
• The ability to establish good working relationships by being an effective and sensitive communicator with stakeholders from a broad range of backgrounds
• An understanding of the importance of maintaining a customer focus by regularly checking in with the customer when taking actions or making decisions
• A high attention to detail
• The ability to represent IT Services in a professional and courteous manner
• The ability to work under pressure and prioritise accordingly
• Excellent written skills, e.g. reports, emails, etc.  
Desired qualifications:
• Any A-Level or a Level 3 in a similar subject  
• Or holds an existing project management qualification 

Working week: 
Monday to Friday,
1 hour lunch,
35 hours a week.

• 6-month increment upon successful progress with academic and professional activities
• A generous annual leave allowance
• A defined benefits pension scheme
• Subsidised car parking

Important Information: 
QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.

IT Project Management Apprentice

Manchester, UK
Higher Apprenticeship

Published on 1 Jun 2020