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The UK member of a very large international network of accounting and consulting firms. Not quite the same bragging rights as being employed by the top 4, but very well respected. Imperial vs Oxbridge. Like most of the big accountants, your eventual qualification will not be a degree but ACA - entitled to call yourself a Chartered Accountant. This is a step up from a degree in accounting in all circumstances, and equal to a Russell Group degree in any business interview, though it may be looked down on in academia.
Association Chartered Accountants
5 days per week
Yes from start
The Home page features an archery target (presumably a subliminal message) but no arrows for you to aim at it. Intelligent "In a hurry" button with "Apply now" and "Our programmes" tabs. Altogether an efficient if not entirely jargon free website, our only minor concern was the mention of a "unique" training location with its slightly sinister undertones.
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.