Apprenticeship FAQ


Is the Project Controls Technician standard approved? What is the funding band?

The Standard is already approved as is the End-Point Assessment. The only outstanding item is agreement on the funding cap allocated to the Apprenticeship and once approved, it can be seen here. The standard outlines the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of the apprentice and the job they will need to be able to do by the time they have completed their apprenticeship. Additionally, the apprenticeship standard will only be available for delivery when both the standard and assessment plan is approved and a funding band (core government contribution which is currently capped at £18K) has been assigned to the standard.

What level is the qualification? What are the academic requirements for an apprentice and the specific subjects necessary

Set by individual employers, entry requirements will typically include a minimum of 5 GCSE grades A* - C (or equivalent qualifications) including mathematics; English (Language). The Level 3 apprenticeship will last between three and four years and is designed to equip young people with the knowledge and skills both they and industry need. On completion, the apprentices can choose to apply for membership of the Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE) as a Graduate Member. The apprenticeship is also designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council, enabling an apprentice to register as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), provided he or she has suitable engineering experience. With further training following on from the apprenticeship, individuals may choose to specialise in specific sectors or related roles which could lead to membership of other related professional bodies.

What are the fees for the qualification?

The Government sets the funding caps via the SFA (Skills Funding Agency) – there are no ‘fees’. The Company chooses how they wish to train their apprentices and then claims back the costs – see here for Government information.

How would the training be delivered? Will it be in a classroom? Would it be on a day release basis?

Training will be in whatever form the Employer wishes it to be – as long as 20% of the apprentices’ time is off the job. More information about "off the job training" can be seen here.

What are the locations where this qualification can be delivered e.g. London; Manchester; Birmingham?

The Standard is an English Standard. The Apprentice Levy is in England only and therefore companies registered with offices in England can benefit from this standard.

What qualifications are there after completion of Apprenticeship?

Prior to taking the end-point assessment, candidates must achieve level 2 English and maths and must attain a Level 3 Diploma in project control practice.

How does the Apprenticeship Levy/funding works?

Detailed guidance on how the Apprenticeship funding works can be seen here.

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