Engineering on a huge scale. Medical diagnostics, industrial and buildings automation, transport engineering and power engineering - the subject of this apprenticeship. Or supposedly so: we could find no trace of it on the website.
BEng (Hons) Control & Automation Engineering
Sitrain; Trafford College; University of Salford
Yrs 1-3 Trafford College
Yr 4 University of Salford
4 - 5 years
2 A-levels Maths; Physics or Engineering related (C or above) or BTEC Electrical & Electronic Engineering
UCAS; National Apprenticeship website; https://www.siemens.com/uk/en/home/company/jobs/search-careers/apprenticeships.html
37.5 per week
A maddening chalk and cheese episode, zero on their website and unresponsive HR but once we found they ran a training school, we had an instant response with the most informative description of the process we found anywhere from an on-the-ball, intelligent human being. A classic example of the lack of communication between HR and the real world.
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.