Banking. Despite all its travails in the crash of 2008, Lloyds is a large, well-run and reputable employer. This is an IT apprenticeship: no signs of any involvement with banking other than providing a service, or of career progression into banking, so all the usual caveats apply, but that said it looks a well-set-up apprenticeship for anyone wanting to learn IT in a corporate environment rather than a consultancy.
BSc. (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester; W. Yorkshire
260 UCAS points (BCC or BBC) plus GCSE inc. Maths, English.
Applications considered from those without these A-levels
Online + Video interview + Assessment
35 hours per week
1 day per week
Not having the right pin number, we struggled at first to find someone to help us but once we'd cracked the code, they leapt to it and sent us all the information straight away. Another example of HR hiding in the vault.
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.