The aeroplane builder: top flight engineering with an emphasis on everything being done perfectly (for which we have often been thankful) and therefore on hands-on skills - graduate recruits get sent to the local FE college for a year before they are allowed near the factory floor. A good employer by all accounts. Degree apprenticeships in engineering (only leads to a BSc, so you'll need to find out how you get your Masters) and Commercial (a leadership and management degree) - both mainstream activities for Airbus
BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering; CIMA ( Chartered Institute Management Accounts)
University of the West of England (Filton) or Swansea University (Broughton)
Filton, Bristol; Broughton, N.Wales
3 – 4 years
280 UCAS points, including Maths (B or above), Physics (C or above), Level 3 Apprenticeship (triple grade distinction) plus 6 GCSEs (C or above) including Maths, English, Science
Get my first job
Permanent job offer
Subject to business requirements
A very blue website, presumably giving a subliminal "sky is the limit" message but the terrestrial information is all there. On top of this there is a friendly invitation to contact them and when we tried, we swiftly found a helpful HR department.
We can't add to anything that you don't already know about the services Amazon provide!
Accenture is a top-line business consulting company; this apprenticeship is in their IT consulting division, and the embedded degree is a solidly technical one. You will very rapidly be part of building real IT applications; expect to be living out of a suitcase near whichever client you are working for. If you have ambitions to move into their mainstream consulting business, make sure that you understand what this takes: their recruitment into this area is very Oxbridgey, and we are not clear how an IT apprentice could come up-to-status.
"Design and consultancy for natural and built assets", they say: a top-end global construction company based in Holland but with strong UK roots. This is an apprenticeship that leads to becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor - the top professional qualification with MRICS after your name, and a core role in a business like Arcadis. Long term prospects: the UK CEO is a FRICS; say no more.
A British-grown world leader in microprocessor technology. A top-of-the-range opportunity, a technical degree in the core of a technical business, perfect for someone fascinated by microprocessor design. Arm and a leg stuff.
Defence of the Realm. The armed forces take training seriously: you will find yourself taking courses with great regularity. A positive, enormously supportive environment which will push you as far as you can go, and build management skills into everything you learn. Start anywhere and end up with a degree. Forces life is a thing apart - quite strange if you have not encountered it among your relatives, but something that most of us can get used to (as our forebears did): instant obedience and initiative combined, and a very strong community.