Pharmaceuticals. Although Pfizer offers degrees in pharmaceutical science, it is not clear from its website that the degree will proceed beyond the foundation stage, or that a job will be available at the end of the apprenticeship, or what career progression within Pfizer that the apprenticeship will set you up for.
BA (Hons) Science; Chemical Science; Chemistry
Kent University; Greenwich University; Manchester Metropolitan University
3-5 years (depending on entrance qualifications)
A- level or Level 3 Apprenticeship plus GCSEs including Maths, English (C or above)
Via the National Apprenticeship website
4 days per week
1 day per week
Permanent job offer
Yes, if job available
Although Dr. Kate Barclay is a newly appointed member of the Institute for Apprenticeships, we did not find it easy to access details of their schemes. Finally, a nice woman in the Press Office came back to us, so because of her attitude we forgave them and didn't have to take any more tranquilisers.
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.