One of the Big Four international accounting/consultancy / tax firms. A very strong reputation, and a six-year training programme that starts with a look at all aspects of the business and moves through increasing specialisation to full professional qualification.
CA and Accountancy
3 A-levels (ABB or above) plus GCSEs including Maths & English Language (B or above
Online + Interview + Interview with a Partner
5 days per week
Early exit penalties
As a huge and successful accountancy firm, it is unsurprising that their website is neat and tidy with all the information, carefully enumerated. Despite lacking frills, thrills or gimmicks, this is an encouraging rather than an intimidating place although you will probably need to stock up on white shirts.
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.