Pearson College are a nascent university, part of the Pearson educational group that includes EdExcel. Reputable. They offer 3 degrees: a degree they run for the BBC (see BBC), an internal scheme, and the fascinating 'rotational apprenticeship' in business management (validated by the University of Kent): you spend a year with your first employer, the next with another, and the third back at base. Lots of online learning. Choice of employers this year is IBM, Pearson and Kantar Value Added, but other employers appear to be involved.
BA (Hons) Business Management (Rotational)
Online + Workshops + Interview
4 day per week
1 day per week
Permanent job offer
This is a business/business school which partners with other companies and also runs its own scheme. They are easy to talk to and are trying hard to make sense of the initiative and make the best use of it. The rotational degree is brand new and it's not clear how experimental it is, might not be here next year.
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.