THE 2015 TOP APPRENTICESHIP EMPLOYERS
Including business, City, finance, professional services, insurance, pensions, law
Since the Barclays Technology Apprentice Programme was launched in 2010, it has recruited 295 apprentices in the UK, of which 90 per cent are still with the organisation.
Deloitte runs 200 apprenticeships for school leavers across the UK through the BrightStart scheme. It offers ambitious school and college leavers the opportunity to gain a recognised professional or technical qualification. deloitte.com/uk
Fidelity Worldwide Investment
At Fidelity, 95pc of apprentices achieve permanent roles (with an average career length of 10 years) also offering the chance to work abroad. This year the company partnered with Future First, working with schools. fidelityrecruitment.com/uk-ireland/early-careers/
The three-year-old JP Morgan Bournemouth Apprenticeship scheme aims to raise awareness of the financial sector and the opportunities that it offers young people, and to engage, and stay engaged, with future junior talent.
careers.jpmorgan. com/careers/ programs/ financial- services- apprenticeship
Kennedys legal apprenticeships are designed to help launch apprentices into a successful career in the legal world, teaching them the skills that they will need to work in a legal environment.
kennedyslaw.com /careers / legalapprenticeships/
Lloyds Banking Group
Lloyds Banking Group has created more than 3,000 new apprenticeships. All are permanent roles and are based across the UK.
M&G offers permanent apprenticeships for school leavers in areas such as operations, fund management and marketing and technology. The programmes incorporate industry- recognised qualifications such as the investment operations certificate (IOC). mandg.co.uk/corporate/ careers/apprenticeships
Nationwide introduced apprenticeships in 2013, offering a permanent contract to 95pc of their apprentices last year. They now offer their apprentices permanent contracts on joining.
PwC’s retention rate for apprentices is 85.8pc, compared with 67.7pc for graduates, after qualifying. There is the opportunity for everyone who completes an apprenticeship to remain with PwC and to take advantage of ample career support and
All of TSB’s employees are partners in the business, whatever their job title or grade. Apprentices benefit from a tailored programme and the opportunity to gain the qualifications that will provide them with a truly solid foundation for their future career.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHS
Including construction, housing, manufacturing, engineering, developers, energy, pharmaceuticals, health and transport
Atkins offers competitive salaries and extensive training opportunities, paired with
a mentoring system designed to help apprentices reach their goals.
With more than 400 apprentices recruited every year, BAE Systems has a number of distinct routes for apprenticeships tailored to the specific demands of each career path.
Barratt Developments PLC
Barratt prides itself on having a “family” feel to its business. It runs trade programmes and commercial and technical programmes, offering clear guides to help applicants find out which suits them best.
barrattfuturetalent.co.uk/ apprentices-and-trainees/ programmes/
CGI offers permanent contracts so that
apprentices can take their career in the direction
they want. Mentors provide them with the support they need to get their working life off to a strong start.
cgi-group.co.uk/ careers/school-and-college-leavers/ apprentices
Keepmoat is committed to investing in the future of new entrants into the construction industry. It creates a wide range of opportunities for training in management, trade, customer care, commercial and administration.
Mitie Technical Facilities Management
Mitie is one of the largest employers of apprentices in the UK, with more than 2,000 people currently in training across the business. All can study for qualifications while learning practical skills on site.
Since 1995, National Grid has created nearly 800 Level 3 advanced apprenticeship places, across a range of engineering disciplines, which have led to full-time roles within the company.
Apprentices are part of a team helping keep the UK running by maintaining and improving the railways. New joiners play a key part in getting millions of people to and from work.
Engineering, facilities and IT services specialist NG
Bailey started training apprentices in 1932. Since then more than 5,500 people have successfully completed an apprenticeship with the company, many going on to win national awards.
Apprentices join an externally accredited programme to gain the knowledge and practical skills for a craftsperson role within gas-services company SGN, participating in a variety of courses to develop their confidence and abilities. sgn.co.uk/About-SGN/SGN-Apprenticeships/
SERVICES AND RETAIL
Including retail and services, travel, leisure hospitality and tourism hospitality
D&D London is a restaurant group of more than 30 individual venues that believes it is only as good as its people and aims to develop future hospitality stars through its apprenticeship scheme.
DHL, the global market leader in the logistics industry, offers students the opportunity to gain initial experience in the real world of a global company.
Dine Contract Catering
Recognising that developing talent is key to the success of the company – and the hospitality industry at large – Dine Contract Catering takes on a minimum of 10 new apprentices annually.
The Dorchester Collection’s UK
hotels intend to take on 100 apprentices over the next three years. They believe in investing in apprentices so that they can achieve a fulfilling career.
Greene King manages 1,800 pubs, hotels and restaurants across the UK. Since 2011, 4,000 apprentices have achieved a qualification and 3,400 learners are currently working towards Level
Greggs is proud to support apprentices. The company has a long history of offering apprenticeships, and has recently launched a national recruitment campaign for its new Retail Apprenticeship Scheme.
Hilton Worldwide is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world and has received numerous awards for service. Hilton Apprenticeship Academy offers young people on-the-job training from professionally qualified experts and a range of on-site mentors.
Royal Mail apprentices deliver to 29 million addresses across the UK six days a week, working on its fleet of 45,000 vehicles, on running projects,
or within its plants.
royalmailgroup.com/ careers /apprenticeships
SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, offers a range of apprenticeship opportunities leading to a promising career in hospitality and retail environments.
Superdrug and Savers (AS Watson)
Aimed at school leavers who are looking for a career in retail, AS Watson’s apprenticeship programme has recruited more than 500 in the past two years, with 25pc being promoted into supervisor roles.
GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC SECTOR
Including government, public sector, education, colleges and training
The Army offers around 11,000 apprenticeships each year for young soldiers, including work in health and public services, engineering, ICT and telecommunications, logistics, construction, animal care and professional catering.
The BBC invests in both graduate and non-graduate talent drawn from all walks of life across the
UK, offering more than 200 apprenticeship opportunities in TV and radio production, journalism, broadcast engineering (degree level), digital, production management, business (degree level)
bbc.co.uk/careers/ trainee-schemes-and- apprenticeships
Bury Council is committed to investing in young people through the Backing Young Bury campaign. It also provides traineeships, supported internships and valuable work-experience placements to young
people from across the borough.
City of Lincoln Council
From 2013 to 2015, Lincoln Council retrained or progressed more than
95pc of its apprentices. More than 55pc of all the apprentices it has ever trained are
still working within the council and more than 80pc have been retained in the public sector.
lincoln.gov.uk/jobs/ apprenticeships/for- apprentices
DSTL recruits around 10 to 15 new apprentices each year. The DSTL apprenticeship schemes combine formal classroom- based study with practical hands-on training in workshop, laboratory and office facilities.
gov.uk/government/organisations/ defence-science- and- technology-laboratory
During the 50 years the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) apprenticeship scheme has been running, former apprentices have risen to senior management and director positions. Most apprentices are offered permanent roles.
Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
The GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 Technical Higher Apprenticeship offers a unique insight into a world that you won’t find on any university course – that of cyber threats, terrorism, espionage and organised crime.
London housing association The Newlon Group is committed to supporting its residents and local communities into work, and offers construction, business administration, finance and care and support apprenticeships.
Royal Air Force
The Royal Air Force offers a variety of apprenticeships with great benefits and career opportunities. With diverse and challenging roles available, the Royal Air Force remains one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the UK.
St Mungo’s Broadway
At homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway, 64pc of former apprentices were still in employment with the organisation in 2014. All apprentices secure further employment either with the organisation, externally or by joining the locum bank.
COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA
Including art, media, technology, advertising, telecomms and online
Apprentices with Arqiva combine on-the-job experience and formal training in broadcast engineering, ICT and satellite communications to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a career within broadcast and communication technology.
arqiva.com/work-with-us/ arqiva-apprentice- programme
Bareface Media operates a range of digital-designer apprenticeships and has offered full-time roles to all the apprentices it has taken on. Previous recruits have gone on to join companies such as JC Decaux and Saatchi & Saatchi.
creativealliance.org.uk/ apprenticeships programme
BT created 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs for young people this year, including work in areas such as software development,
IT, engineering and digital technology.
btplc.com/Careercentre/ Ourlocations/UK/ Apprenticeships
Since 2011, Capgemini has taken in 276 degree apprentices and 111 advanced apprentices. To further demonstrate their success, they have won numerous awards across the board.
uk.capgemini.com/careers/ your-career-path/ apprentices
Award-winning consumer- brand PR agency Cirkle has always been committed to nurturing grass-roots talent. Its first apprentice won the Higher Apprentice of the Year award and is still working with the agency.
Cisco’s first apprenticeship programme aims to develop a qualified, motivated workforce of practitioners around the UK and utilise its industry-leading certification frameworks.
Claremont Social Communications
After carrying out various case studies
on youth employment, the company set up an apprenticeship programme. It’s found that the energy brought in by apprentices has made a really tangible difference.
Leading ICT organisation Fujitsu offers business and IT apprenticeships at school and college-leaver levels around the UK and Ireland, including a degree- level qualification for those who have A-levels.
fujitsu.com/uk/about/ local/jobs/graduates/ apprenticeships
Resource Productions is passionate about supporting diverse young talent in the creative and digital industries. Its record speaks for itself: apprentices and former apprentices make up more than half of the company’s staff.
Tangerine is one of the UK’s leading integrated communications consultancies. In 2013 it launched The Juice Academy, which has trained more than
100 social-media apprentices for itself and other leading businesses.