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Rocket-science. Those of us ancient enough to have been British and conscious in 1983 will remember one of their products all too well: the Exocet missile. With the future set for missile vs drone wars, MDBA looks an exciting place to be. This is a general business apprenticeship. The extent of financial support offered, the nature of the degree and the status of the subsequent employment are not made obvious.
Higher Business Apprenticeship (Sponsored Degree)
University of Hertfordshire
300 UCAS points – BTEC or A-level
Online + evaluation – online test – assessment
37 per week
£14,000 plus benefits
Early exit penalties
Yes (but might be subject to change)
A pro-European website (lots of flags), unsurprisingly perhaps from a missile manufacturer and we were given comprehensive answers to our questions. Judging by the information they hand out on apprenticeships, they do a thorough job which should make us all sleep more soundly.
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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