What’s the com­mit­ment? Who’s it for? What will I learn? Buck­le up, answers ahead.

Prac­tice + sup­port = prepared

Run­ning projects is tough: it’s as much about man­ag­ing expec­ta­tions and the nuance around prof­itabil­i­ty and project work­flows as mov­ing tasks and set­ting sched­ules. Most pro­duc­ers pick up bad habits they’ve learned while in the trench­es and often work alone with­out sup­port. Our pro­gram ensures your new or mid-lev­el pro­duc­ers cul­ti­vate good habits by allow­ing them to build their skills in a sup­port­ive prac­tice envi­ron­ment first. Then, they share that learn­ing with the whole team and can apply it to real projects immediately.

First 8 months

The­o­ry & practice

We teach the sol­id the­o­ry of dig­i­tal project man­age­ment from project set­up to close and embed prac­ti­cal soft and hard skills so your project leads can put them to work with­in the first few ses­sions. Our appren­tices learn to fore­cast, plan, and scope accurately.

The entire year

Coach­ing & support

PM appren­tices pick up more com­plex projects at your orga­ni­za­tion and hone their skills. Train­ers pro­vide them ongo­ing coach­ing and sup­port through reg­u­lar check-ins, eval­u­a­tion, and sched­uled sup­port for real project problems.

The learn­ing commitment

For your apprentice

For the first half of the appren­tice­ship, appren­tices meet vir­tu­al­ly with their train­er and up to five oth­er stu­dents for 5 hours per week:

3 hour class­es for the first 8 months to learn new principles

2 hour labs for the entire year for exer­cise, appli­ca­tion, and support

The rest of the week appren­tices apply new skills to improve real projects and process­es while they work.

For your team

You’ll be (or choose) a team­mate to spon­sor your appren­tice by com­mit­ting to main­tain a healthy learn­ing envi­ron­ment. You’ll also do reg­u­lar check-ins with your appren­tice to plan the best ways they can improve cur­rent process­es and project paths. We’ll do three for­mal check-ins with you both dur­ing the year.

What appren­tices learn

Here’s a break­down of what we cover.

Sam­ple module

The future of project management

Why is project man­age­ment future proof?

Read sam­ple module



Sales and intake


How to smooth out the project intake to man­age­ment work­flow and cre­ate align­ment with busi­ness devel­op­ment and exec­u­tive stakeholders


The role of lean doc­u­men­ta­tion and how to do more with less of it



Set­up and process improvement


How to close gaps between project phas­es dur­ing handovers


How to man­age and pri­or­i­tize deci­sion mak­ers’ expectations


How to set rates and project bud­gets that sup­port prof­itable projects and the opti­mal health of the company



Plan­ning, man­age­ment, and delivery


An agnos­tic approach to method­olo­gies and approach­es that pro­motes crit­i­cal think­ing over orthodoxy


How to get buy-in from the team dur­ing scop­ing and esti­mat­ing — and fun process­es that actu­al­ly wel­come pos­i­tive risk


How pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive risk impact projects and how to share it, offload it, or mit­i­gate it with the least impact


How to pri­or­i­tize and com­mu­ni­cate about fea­tures that cre­ate strong busi­ness value


How to triage and respond to requests and man­age change effectively


Some hacks that cre­ate a health­i­er and more pro­duc­tive team capacity


The met­rics that actu­al­ly mat­ter on your projects and in your pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and how to track them



Essen­tial skills


How to resist emo­tion­al wear and tear caused by chal­leng­ing situations


How to deal with com­plex­i­ty and uncertainty


How to be com­fort­able with dis­com­fort while work­ing through dif­fi­cult conversations


How to assess and build your emo­tion­al intelligence


How to cham­pi­on and sup­port hap­pi­er teams


Where the future of project work is head­ed and how to set up con­tin­u­ous improve­ment process­es that keep your team and orga­ni­za­tion ready

What grad­u­ates get

Louder Than Ten Certified Project Lead Badge

When you’re done the pro­gram, you’ll walk away a Loud­er Than Ten Cer­ti­fied Project Lead

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion is based on:

  • Com­plet­ed pro­gram exercises
  • Reg­u­lar atten­dance dur­ing week­ly lab sessions
  • 3 employer/​trainer evaluations
  • Project plan presentation
  • Final reflec­tive essay completion

Who’s tak­ing our apprenticeship?

Our appren­tices hold a diverse range of respon­si­bil­i­ties and job titles, including:

Dig­i­tal Project Managers

Dig­i­tal Producers

Account Man­agers

Agency Own­ers

Office Man­agers

Strate­gists

Lead Devel­op­ers

Lead Design­ers

Writ­ers

The pro­gram that fits you

Wher­ev­er you come from, if you are respon­si­ble for the suc­cess of your orga­ni­za­tion’s projects and work direct­ly with clients or exec­u­tive stake­hold­ers this pro­gram was made for you.

Begin­ners

Begin­ners switch­ing into project man­age­ment or lead­er­ship posi­tions from oth­er roles like social media, mar­ket­ing, copy­writ­ing, design, or development.

Inter­me­di­ate project managers

Expe­ri­enced pro­duc­ers or project man­agers with lit­tle for­mal train­ing in dig­i­tal prod­uct development.

Lead­ers

Own­ers and team leads shoring up their project man­age­ment and client rela­tion­ship skills.

Skills that pay the bills

The skills appren­tices learn in the pro­gram sup­port them in their career path to become strong, con­fi­dent, and eth­i­cal leaders:

Project and peo­ple managers

Pro­duc­ers

Direc­tors

Exec­u­tives

Busi­ness owners

Oper­a­tions managers

Design leads

Tech­ni­cal leads

The Loud­er Than Ten appren­tice­ship has been phe­nom­e­nal. I have noth­ing but great things to say about it. It has been career chang­ing for me.

I fell into project man­age­ment by acci­dent and I’ve always felt kind of unsteady in it. Going through the pro­gram gave me a firm, researched foun­da­tion for this role that gives me the con­fi­dence to do my job 1000x better.

Now I have con­fi­dence in what I’m talk­ing about. What I’m sug­gest­ing is found­ed, test­ed, and a proven good prac­tice for the bet­ter­ment of our orga­ni­za­tion. The pro­gram gave me a foun­da­tion to do my job well and to have the pow­er to stand up for what I believe in. It gave me a com­mu­ni­ty of sup­port, and a way to think through issues I did­n’t have before.

I would go through the appren­tice­ship all over again, and would high­ly rec­om­mend it to any­one con­sid­er­ing it.

Hire a new apprentice

Loud­er Than Ten appren­tices get up and run­ning in a sim­i­lar time­frame as it takes a new senior to adopt your process­es, clients, and cul­ture… with­out the bag­gage of a career’s worth of bad habits.

Plus there’s a good chance you’ll be help­ing some­one who like­ly comes from an under-rep­re­sent­ed group flip over this indus­try mono­cul­ture. Be the exam­ple of inclu­siv­i­ty and diver­si­ty we need.


Con­tact us and find out who’s on our prospec­tive appren­tice waitlist

Meet your trainers

A portrait of Rachel Gertz

Co-founder, Digital PM Trainer
at Louder Than Ten

A portrait of Abby Fretz
Trainer

Abby
Fretz

PM Trainer
at Louder Than Ten

A grow­ing community

  • Addi­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty sup­port staff
  • Pro­gram alumni
  • Oth­er cur­rent apprentices
  • Indus­try guests

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