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Quest Apprenticeship – Project Manager - Level 4

Quest apprenticeships offer colleagues the opportunity to gain new skills, knowledge and nationally accredited qualifications whilst in their current job role – there is no change to terms and conditions or your role.  Join our ever-growing community of GWR Apprentices to see where it could take you.

The success of the Quest Apprenticeships programme has seen many of our colleagues completing their apprenticeship and achieving a distinction and GWR are inviting applications for our second cohort for this apprenticeship this year.

What's in it for me?

You will develop planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills, working towards the IfATE Associate Project Manager Level 4 and APM Project Management Qualification - an industry recognised qualification.  This is achieved via a written exam which is taken during the programme period.

There is the opportunity for colleagues to become student members of the Association for Project Management (APM) as the first step of professional membership.  Further professional APM membership can be achieved based on professional and personal aspiration.

Who is the apprenticeship for suitable for?

This apprenticeship is aimed at colleagues who currently undertake project work and want to improve their approach.  If your role involves any of the following aspects, you may like to consider this apprenticeship:

  • Planning and defining scope of projects 
  • Activity planning and sequencing 
  • Resource planning 
  • Developing a budget 
  • Managing documentation 
  • Creating charts and schedules 
  • Carry out risk analysis 
  • Monitoring and reporting progress

Our delivery partner

The programme will be delivered by Ofsted Outstanding Exeter College through taught sessions in a mix of face to face and on-line delivery two days per month, as well as online support, lasting approximately 26 months.  Once training has been concluded there will be an End Point Assessment undertaken by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).  Tutors from Exeter College will work with you to prepare you for the End Point Assessment. 

Apprentices without Level 2 English and mathematics will be supported to complete functional skills qualifications during the Apprenticeship. Exeter College tutors have a strong track record of success working with Apprentices on these programmes and will devise a learning plan to suit individual needs to achieve.  Additional release from duty will be required for this.

You will be required to be released for study or online learning to complete this programme two days a month and you will have planned eight weekly reviews with your Skills Officer to discuss progress and on programme support.

Applicants will be required to complete an application form and if short listed, a short on-line briefing session and interview with the college tutor. 

Please note, as part of the short-listing process, your application form will be shared with Exeter College.

More information about the apprentice standard can be found by clicking the QR code or link below.

Associate project manager / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

For further information please contact:

Central - Sarah Elkins, Coach and Mentor on 07788 153841

West - Adele Wheeler, Coach and Mentor on 07525 275374

East - Ekaterina Cherkasenko, Coach and Mentor on 07590 601119

Andrew Hughes, Regional Apprentice Manager on 07734 814939

In case of technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact the Recruitment Team at

We all belong at GWR. This is our vision for providing an inclusive environment for all our colleagues, ensuring all candidates have an equal opportunity to access meaningful employment. 

We value our differences such as age, gender, LGBTQIA, ethnicity, religion and disability. We maintain zero tolerance towards any form of prejudice towards our colleagues, customers, and future talent.

We celebrate and encourage diversity of thought, progressive ways of working and seeing all our colleagues grow and thrive.

We review all roles and job descriptions to ensure they are accessible and, where possible, we support and provide flexible working options; we recommend that you refer to each vacancy description for further details.

If you require additional support to complete your application due to a disability or neurodivergent condition such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, or autism, please follow the links below. We encourage you to share any additional needs you may require so we can provide a fair and equal process for all who apply.

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