Assistant Project Manager at Transport for London
What is an Assistant Project Manager?
Interested in being part of making a positive change to London’s transport network? Want a varied role where you’ll be involved in making sure that various projects are on track and provide value for money? Is your personal diary or events calendar always up-to-date? With a career in project management, you’ll be working with many different colleagues at Transport for London who all share the same vision, to deliver great transport services to all across London?
As an assistant project manager for Transport for London, your main mission is to ensure the delivery of projects is on schedule, to budget and hits all project objectives. You’ll also identify potential risks and try to reduce them if possible. As well as this, you’ll report on the progress of projects to your colleagues, clients and sponsors.
What does an Assistant Project Manager do?
As an assistant project manager for Transport for London (TfL), you’ll be involved in a number of projects that aim to improve London’s transport network. You’ll mainly be supporting more senior project managers by working on a portfolio of projects, identifying any potential issues and recommending a plan of action to make sure that the project is delivered well and on time. You’ll be the driving force behind some exciting improvements to London’s large transport network. You could be involved in projects like Transport for London’s road modernisation plan and the expansion cycle superhighways. You’ll work on projects from their concept to completion.
With TfL constantly improving London’s transport network, there are always lots of exciting projects on the go. Once you’ve been given a project to work on, you’ll be reporting on its progress, resolving any issues that you come across, managing the budget and risk involved as well as making sure that the project is completed on time and to budget.
Is a career in project management right for me?
Are you an excellent communicator? Are you able to come up with great solutions to the issues you are presented with? Do you like organising yourself and other people? Want to play a part in projects that improve all transport modes for the community, with great opportunities for career-building and leadership roles?
If so, a career in project management with Transport for London could be the answer.
How to become an Assistant Project Manager?
Transport for London offers a number of routes into project management – you can apply for an apprenticeship or graduate scheme.
For the project management apprenticeship scheme, you’ll need five good passing grades in GCSEs or their equivalents including Maths, English language, science or ICT and any two other subjects. You’ll also need to be 18 or over. On completing your apprenticeship you’ll achieve:
- Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management
- Level 4 Diploma in Project Management through completion of a portfolio of work and two exams
This apprenticeship can be a route to a project co-ordinator role, which can lead in turn to becoming an assistant project manager.
For the project management graduate scheme, you’ll need a 2:1 degree in any degree course. The scheme lasts for two years, and you’ll take part in various placements within Transport for London. On top of this, the programme will help you to develop your professional skills and achieve membership of the Association for Project Management (APM) and get an International Project Management Association (IPMA) Level D qualification.