A "global cloud platform and cognitive solutions company", which has evolved from the supplier of huge blue boxes into a software giant, with a strong interest in artificial intelligence ("Watson") among other things. Strong in the UK, strong corporate spirit, a great place to start a career. Involved in the Pearson rotational scheme for management trainees, and the QMUL group for the digital apprenticeship/degree (the same one that banks and retailers offer, but here you know that you will be working with cutting edge technology in a company where IT engineers are expected to rise to the top.
BSc. (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions
Queen Mary University of London and University of Exeter
Yes from start
They are an award winner in the apprenticeship field but at the moment they are only trialling the degree apprenticeship scheme with internal candidates. Involved from the start they are treating this as a major opportunity but one that needs serious research and thought before they commit to a definitive scheme. At present they are not taking in any external candidates (maybe this accounts for the total lack of info on the website and a problem reaching HR) but they may do in future.
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.
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.