Where will this course lead?

This course is ideal for you if you are currently working as a Project Controls Technician, or have an associated role that provides assistance to other engineering and construction professionals.

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 are critical. This hands-on role is crucial to ensuring the successful delivery of complex projects and the shortage of skilled professionals provides opportunities for a secure, fulfilling and long-term career.

This apprenticeship standard will develop your knowledge and prepare you for an industry role and can help you to progress onto an HNC, HND, or Degree Level course. With additional training a Project Controls Technician could also progress onto more specialist roles in areas such as project controls, planning, scheduling, estimating, cost control, risk and quality and ultimately a role as Project Controls Manager.

What will I study?

You will study the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out within the apprenticeship standard, which will include the following subjects…

· The project life-cycle, breakdown structures, quality, risk, time and cost

· Interpret engineering drawings and manufacturing or construction plans

· Parametric, analogous and bottom-up estimating practices

· Scheduling the development of logic networks, dependencies, critical paths, resource management, levelling and smoothing

· Preparing processes for budgets, cash flow and cost control

· Monitoring data against plan, reviewing accuracy of reporting and how to tailor the presentation of data analysis, for understanding and buy-in

· Technical, engineering and mathematical principles

· Infrastructure specific knowledge, including related national and industrial health, safety and environment standards and legislation

· Contracts and supply chain management

· Proprietary software applications, data protection and confidentiality

How will this course be delivered?

This course will be delivered in partnership with your employer, where you attend college day-release at our Blossomfield Campus and spend the remainder of your working week in your place of work and under the direction of your employer.

The day in college is predominantly classroom-based; however, project units may take place in a more suitable location.

What qualifications will I get?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician by the relevant professional engineering institution and in accordance with the requirements of the Engineering Council, as the registration body.

You may also obtain the following qualifications:

· Level 3 Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship Standard

· Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Project Control Practice

· Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English (if required)

How will I be assessed?

The apprenticeship content that you will cover at college is assessed through examinations, controlled assessments, written assignments and practical observations. The work-based element of your apprenticeship will be reviewed during regular visits from a college-allocated assessor coach.

Completion will be achieved by successfully passing the End Point Assessment (EPA) with a relevant professional organisation (e.g. National Open College Network). This will consist of a presentation and structured interview.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website:


If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. If you need help with completing your application and at interview, we can provide support:


What are the entry requirements?

You must be employed in a relevant field (as indicated above) for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

You typically need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 9/A* to 4/C, including Maths, English Language and ICT; alternatively, you should possess an equivalent qualification, such as a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Construction or Engineering, at Merit or Distinction Level.

If you are a mature student over the age of 21 with an associated background and/or previous experience, you may be accepted without formal qualifications.

Our admissions procedures are flexible and friendly, so if you are unsure, please get in touch. All students will be invited to interview before an offer is made.

What else do I need to know?

This course is a part-time programme and you will be expected to attend 1 day per week, between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00. Timetables will be issued to successful applicants prior to induction and enrolment, at the beginning of the course.

There are no direct additional costs for this course, but you may want to purchase some text books for further reading. A suggested reading list will be supplied at the beginning of your course; however, we also have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use too. You will be expected to supply your own stationery, such as folders, pens and paper. A scientific calculator is required and a set of mathematical instruments, including a protractor and compass. Connection to the internet is expected, but facilities are available at college to do this if necessary. You need to provide your own safety boots and high visibility jacket, suitable for use on highways (i.e. yellow not orange). You will also be expected to provide your own transport to site visits, but these are usually local building sites - The furthest trips to attend are for laboratories.

Costs depend on the direction and ambition of your work. We suggest budgeting approximately £250 for materials and work-books in the first year.

Please contact the Employer Services Team for more information regarding funding and costs: apprenticeships@solihull.ac.uk

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can:

· Continue your employment in the industry


· Progress onto a Higher Apprenticeship, HNC/HND, or a Foundation Degree in Construction, or Civil Engineering.



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