Supermarket, with associated food manufacture, logistics and supply chain. The fourth largest supermarket chain in the UK, and with substantial management challenges to overcome if it is to make progress, you can be sure of getting a lively education in the business of retail food management
Corporate; Logistics; Manufacturing; Retail; Supply Chain
BSc(Hons) Management & Business
University of Bradford; Sheffield Hallam University (Retail)
Unsurprisingly, Morrisons' website is keener on selling you stuff than giving you details of apprenticeship schemes but once you get to the right spot there is a very practical page telling you most of the facts you need to know except how to apply and the qualifications you need. As a supermarket chain, large quantities should be no problem but they still need to be congratulated for offering 5 different courses.
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.