Apprentice Project Delivery Manager

The National Archives

Closing date: 28 Nov 2017

Reference number





Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 year fixed term appointment with the possibility of a permanent role at the end of the period.

Business area

Operations - IT Operations

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU

About the job

Job description

An opportunity to develop your skills at one of the world’s leading digital archives. The National Archives is looking for a motivated and creative individual to join us as an Apprentice Project Delivery Manager.

As an apprentice you will be working towards a project management qualification recognised by the IPMA at level D.

You will have the opportunity to apply your newly acquired best practice knowledge and techniques to IT projects, building your experience to become a confident and capable project manager. Our programme prepares you to plan and execute internal or customer-facing projects on time and on budget.

• Principles of project management
• Agile
• Business case, budget and cost control
• Planning, risk and quality
• Project leadership
• Communications and stakeholder management

What you’ll do:
• Undertake blended learning activities to gain knowledge with a mix of workplace experience, class based training and online learning to complement work undertaken in the IT Operations Department.
• Work closely with IT delivery teams and provide project management support to coordinate and supervise activities relating to testing, deployment and release.
• Identify and record project risks and mitigating actions.
• Provide secretariat support for project boards and meetings.
• Collaborate and negotiate with teams across the organisation and support work to define the design of IT Services.
• Represent the IT Operations Department at internal and external meetings and events.
• Apply learning to the workplace and develop the associate project manager processes and activities.

What you’ll need:
• You will need to have familiarity with project management techniques in an IT environment.
• Strong problem solving abilities and good communication skills.
• You will also have a willingness and aptitude to learn new skills and to contribute to the team’s objectives.
• We are looking for someone who is passionate and enthusiastic about new technology with a pro-active, self-motivated and positive attitude.

To be eligible to apply you must have:

* Minimum age: 18
* A Level or Level 3 qualification in a similar
* Or an existing project management qualification up to Level 3
* Either before or during the apprenticeship, apprentices will be required to achieve level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics prior to taking end point assessment (EPA). Apprentices are required to achieve a suitable level of knowledge as part of their development such that they achieve an IPMA Level D qualification, prior to their End Point Assessment

To apply:
Please explain how you meet each of the essential criteria below. We will be looking for not only what you have done, but how you have done it and what the outcome was. You may draw on knowledge, skills, abilities, experience gained from paid work, domestic responsibilities, education, leisure interests and voluntary activities. Please note selection for interview will largely be based on the information you provide in this section.

Full job description attached


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • • Familiarity with project management techniques, ideally in an IT environment
  • • Strong problem solving abilities
  • • Good communication and presentation skills with the ability to develop and maintain relationships
  • • Passion and enthusiasm for new technology with a pro-active, self-motivated and positive attitude
  • • Willingness and aptitude to learn new skills and to contribute to the team’s objectives
  • • Ability to work to deadlines and to be delivery focused, providing an excellent level of customer service Willingness to help out and perform other roles where required to achieve the team objective; able to work independently or with others in the team
  • • A Level or Level 3 qualification in a similar
    * Or an existing project management qualification up to Level 3



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Generous benefits package, including pension, childcare vouchers, sports and social club facilities, onsite gym, subsidised staff restaurant and opportunities for training and development.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

To apply please use the Apply Now button.

For further information please contact the Recruitment Team on 0208 392 5203 or

Sift/interview dates and location

To be confirmed

Further information

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• Contact The National Archives via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

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