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Top-notch international engineering consulting. Stands out in our experience for the sheer niceness and interestingness of the people who work for it. Neither of these degrees gets you onto the top rungs of the professional ladder, but we'd expect Atkins to help you on up there if you showed the aptitude and the appetite.
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying/Quantity Surveying/Construction Management
University College of Estate Management
230 UCAS points plus GCSE Maths (B or above), English (C or above)
Online + Interview + Assessment
4 days per week
1 day per week
The website has a fantastic, cinema worthy video which we wanted to put on a loop! Our real life was made easy as they provide a telephone number and the contact went beyond the call of duty in providing details of not just one but two schemes. They also mention 2018 applications, again a rare event.
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.
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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.
Defence of the Realm. The armed forces take training seriously: you will find yourself taking courses with great regularity. A positive, enormously supportive environment which will push you as far as you can go, and build management skills into everything you learn. Start anywhere and end up with a degree. Forces life is a thing apart - quite strange if you have not encountered it among your relatives, but something that most of us can get used to (as our forebears did): instant obedience and initiative combined, and a very strong community.