Power systems engineering. The Rolls-Royce of degree apprenticeships, much sought after, in the management of an engineering business. A strong foundation for a career. RR is big projects and big engineering for big customers, so this has to be the world you fancy living in.
Manufacturing Management; Non-Destructive Testing; Materials Laboratories
MA Engineering Business Management (MM) B.Sc. (Hons) – NDT & ML
University of Warwick
Derby (MM) Derby; Bristol; Barnoldswick (NDT & NL)
4.5 years (MM) 4 years (NDT); 4 years minimum (ML)
MM: 3 “A” levels (B or above) or equivalent including one in Maths, Physics or other science/numerate subject plus GCSEs including Maths, Physics (B or above) NDT: 2 “A” levels or more in Maths, Physics, Engineering, Chemistry or other technical subject plus 4 GCSEs (C or above) including Maths, English, Science ML: 3 “A” levels (C or above) in Maths and 2 other technical subjects plus 5 GCSEs including Maths, English Language, Double Science
£12900 (MM) £12534 (NDT & ML)
After the placement year at Reed Smith, all students are guaranteed an interview for a full-time training contract as a trainee lawyer with the firm.
After a mercifully short piece of jargon we were so happy to reach a brilliantly well thought out, simple page telling us ALL you need to know about the various apprentice programmes. Flowers and champagne to the designer of this one, a babe in arms could work it out!
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.