Apprenticeship news

The history of apprenticeships in the UK goes back to the Middle Ages. One of the first documents attempting to set out the terms and conditions for training was an Elizabethan Statute in 1563. By the late nineteenth century, the scope of apprenticeships had spread from traditional trades such as construction and printing to encompass emerging sectors such as engineering and shipbuilding. Apprenticeships today provide more choice for young people in a professional capacity as well as sitting across the manual trades and more young people are taking the apprenticeship route.

Demand for apprenticeships within our profession

399 people managers (83%) said they would consider hiring apprentices in the future.

Source: 2015 Salary Survey

In the last parliament more than 2.3 million apprenticeships were delivered in the UK and the government is committed to delivering 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020. On 22 July 2015 the Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP, announced that the government has approved 26 new Trailblazer groups to develop new apprenticeship standards. One of those groups, led by Amanda Nuttall, APMPUK Director of Apprenticeships, has received approval to commence the design of an apprenticeship for the role of a bid and proposal co-ordinator.  The Trailblazer group consists of 10 APMP members representing employers across a range of sectors.

This is excellent news and will help us in our mission to encourage new talent to join our profession.

Having been given approval to proceed work is now underway to develop the standards and submit them to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) before the end of this year. There are then two more approval gateways to get through, including a consultation phase, before the bid and proposal apprenticeship is formally in place.   

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  • The APMP UK Board would like to invite you to submit questions to the Chair, for discussion at our Board Workshops which take place throughout the year.  Please see this link for the dates.  Please email your questions to

    Opportunity to submit questions to the Board

  • The APMP UK Chapter is pleased to welcome Jon Darby as its new Chapter Chair.

    Jon has over 20 years of business winning experience in the ICT, defence, police, rail and logistics markets with a track record of winning multi £m bids in the public and private sectors. Jon is experienced at leading opportunities through all stages of the bid campaign and has led global bid teams from Italy, Germany, Netherlands to the US. Jon is a certified proposal professional and has served on the APMP UK board as Marketing & PR Director and COO since 2012.

    FINAL PRESS RELEASE 18th January 2018 Appointment of new UK Chapter Chair

  • The APMP UK Chapter is pleased to announce the election of Jon Darby as its new Chief Operating Officer for 2017, following which he will succeed Amanda Nuttall as CEO following completion of her term in January 2018. 


    FINAL PRESS RELEASE 5TH OCTOBER 2017: Appointment of new Chief Operating Officer

  • There's just three months to go until our 15th APMP UK Conference in October, and to celebrate, here's our Top 3 reasons why you should attend:


    Three Months to Go until APMP UK Conference 2017

  • The last of 5 articles this week

    Today is the last day of National Apprenticeship Week.  We hope you’ve enjoyed the insights we’ve shared across social media this week from experienced bid and proposal apprentices, and their employer.  If you missed it, you can catch up on what Charlotte, Vicky and Frank had to say. 

    National Apprenticeship Week 2017: Round Up