IT consulting. A really nice company to work for and be trained by. Have been running apprenticeship schemes for a while now, so the early prejudices have all gone, and senior managers are loving the experience of training the young. Clients like having them around too. Easy to move between their activities, which are very heavily IT oriented. Aston is a fine university for this sort of course.
BSc(Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions
13 locations across UK
240 UCAS points (minimum) plus 7 GCSEs (C or above) – some roles 300 UCAS points including A-level Maths (B or above)
Online + Interview + Assessment
£16,000 after initial training period
Particularly bad voice and music when we rang and their policy won't allow them to give you the person who could help BUT their website is clear and easy to navigate. We found the basic information that you need and they also advertise a wide range of opportunities on the government "find apprenticeship service". A friendly woman is coming back to us with more info but we haven't heard as yet.
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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.