Project Management Apprentice

Project Management Apprentice

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Salary: £15,302

Full time

Fixed term (24 months)


About the role:


A fantastic opportunity has arisen within the Science and Project Support group for a Project Management Apprentice to join our team in Southampton.


The role will provide a customer focused project management service to Delivery Leads across NOC’s diverse science and technology portfolio. The post holder will develop their skills and knowledge to achieve a Level 4 Associate Project Manager qualification. This will be equivalent to an Institute of Project Management Level D qualification, accredited through the Association of Project Management. 


Working with Fareham College, our training provider, we have designed a two-year training programme to provide essential practical skills and knowledge. This will involve a mixture of work-based delivery, including assessed assignments, and college-based masterclasses. The masterclasses will be delivered as a half day once per month at the Professional Development Centre at the Bishopsfield Road campus.


This Apprenticeship is offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


Please note, a minimum of 5 GCSE grades, including Maths and English (C or above) is required.

We are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require a right to work in the UK.


The Centre is located at two sites – Southampton and Liverpool.  The post holder will work closely with teams across both locations and there may be the need to travel to Liverpool from time to time.


About you:


This role is ideal for someone who is looking for their first step on the project management career ladder and can demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of project management in the realisation of business objectives. We are looking for a self-motivated and focused individual who can work independently and demonstrate a positive attitude, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a high level of attention to detail. Strong IT skills are essential, particularly in the use of Microsoft Office programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Other information:


The salary for this position will be £15,302 per annum (Band 9).


Please note for this role we are not able to sponsor candidates who require a right to work in the UK.


About us:


The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world. With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.     


NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit



What we can offer you:


At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported.


For more information visit Working at NOC.


Our Commitment as an Employer:


The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.


How to apply:


To apply, please click on the following link:  


For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Kristian Thaller, Senior Project Manager –


Closing date: 28th July 2018


Interview date: Interviews are expected to take place during the last two weeks of August 2018 with a start date of September 2018.


If after interview we have a greater number of suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).



Closing date: 
Saturday 28 July 2018