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A Project Controls Technician controls, monitors and systematically analyses progress and performance data on engineering, manufacturing, construction, and infrastructure projects. They require strong analytical skills and a practical approach to interpret technical information. They use specific, complex software tools to undertake a wide range of project controls tasks, including identifying the right data for scrutinising progress; setting baseline targets; tracking progress and performance; forecasting trends; identifying, modelling and anticipating deviations from baseline; assessing the impact of design/construction changes; and using insight to recommend early preventative and remedial actions. 

Project Controls includes the technical disciplines of estimating, planning, scheduling, and cost engineering for which this apprenticeship gives a comprehensive grounding leading to roles such as project controller, estimator, planner, scheduler, and cost engineer. Typically, job holders work in large project teams on complex projects in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, engineering, energy, and infrastructure – where detailed progress /performance tracking, and an understanding of on-site hazards, health and safety requirements and compliance is critical. This hands-on role is crucial to ensuring the successful delivery of complex projects and a shortage of skilled professionals provides opportunities for a secure, fulfilling long-term career.

Additional information

Skills & knowledge the apprentice will develop

The learner will be trained in all fundamental aspects of project control, such as the project processes, document controls, the procurement process, estimating, planning, and scheduling, cost control and monitoring, project optimisation and risk analysis.  

The training can improve project performance capability – quality, cost, and delivery – leading to a direct impact on defined project outcomes.

How will I learn & what qualifications will I gain?

Level 3 Diploma in Project Controls Practice and Techniques – delivered in the workplace   

Facilitated training in the workplace to suit your requirements including, for example:  
  • Effective communication and behaviour  
  • Fundamentals of project control  
  • Estimating, planning, cost techniques and commercial awareness  
  • Procurement activities  
  • Risk and opportunity management  
  • Lean optimisation practice and techniques  
  • Scheduling practice and techniques  
  • Scope interpretation and project controls planning  
  • Work, cost breakdown and coding structures  
  • IT. software and data controls

Duration of the Apprenticeship

30 months

Start Date:
Anytime – Roll on, roll off

Professional Recognition and Career Progression

This is a level 3 apprenticeship. On completion the apprentice will be eligible to apply for membership of the Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE) as a Graduate Member and will also be eligible to apply for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), subject to having suitable engineering experience and undergoing a professional review process. 

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.

How much will it cost and incentives

The full cost of this apprenticeship is £21,000.

Levy Paying Employers: Full amount will be covered via your contributions into the account.

Non-Levy Paying Employers: You pay just 5% towards the cost of the apprenticeship with the Government funding the remaining 95%

If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum and pay a grant of £1000 for apprentices aged:

  • 16 to 18
  • 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

Employers can apply for a payment of £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who have an employment start date of 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. These apprentices must also have an apprenticeship start date of 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Applications close 15 May 2022.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A-C/4-9 including English & Maths

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