Building society. A nice company that, having seen its competitors who tried to set the world on fire getting incinerated themselves, will not try to imitate them. This is an IT apprenticeship in their Swindon back office, and would suit someone who wants a solid grounding in programming core business systems. No obvious route through into the mainstream business.
BSc(Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions
280 UCAS points plus GCSEs including Maths, English Language (C or above)
35 per week
£15,379 plus perks
Yes from start
We were thrilled to find firstly, a sensible contact email on open display and then a lovely white, welcoming, jargon free website. This is the largest building society in the world and on this evidence you'd give them all your cash.
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.