Study, Work & Sponsorship Options
There are a number of university course options whereby you combine studying for a degree whilst working for a particular company or even get sponsored through university. If you know what career you wish to pursue, these are an attractive option as they provide funding for your degree, work experience, often an ongoing salary and a guaranteed graduate role at the end. If you are concerned about student debt this maybe an option you wish to consider. Also, you will find them less competitive at this early stage to get into to, compared to obtaining a gradute role with the same employer after your degree, when the competition will be alot tougher.
Take a look at the following:
Banking: Barclays Higher Apprenticeship Degree Programme
Barclays Higher Apprenticeship Degree Programme : they offer a Higher Apprenticeship in leadership and management. This is a 3 year programme and you will gain a BA in Leadership and magaement at the end. You require 200 UCAS points in A-Level or equivalent, in any subject, either achieved or predicted or a minimum of at least 18 months’ work experience. In your first year, alongside your university studies, you’ll take on a series of front-line roles in areas such as customer service or financial control. From here, you’ll move into an Assistant Management role, where you’ll get your first taste of leadership. By your third year, you’ll be ready to lead a team of up to 15 people.
Throughout the three years, you’ll study for a BA (Hons) in Management and Leadership – a qualification designed in partnership with the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. Barclays will provide 100% of the funding for your studies, and your tutors and academic mentors will provide support from start to finish. You’ll also complete a range of work placements, chosen to give you the broadest skills and experience possible
Banking: Lloyds Banking Group: Scholars Programme
The application process consists of an online application followed by online tests, a telephone interview and then an assessment centre.
Careers at Sea: Merchant Navy
- Officers: Navigations (deck), engineering and electro technical officers
- Ratings: support staff who assist officers
- Hotel & Catering, Hospitality & Support Services. On passenger ferries, cruise liners and super yachts.
You apply direct to the companies, who sponsor Trainee Officers for the duration of the training course. These include shipping companies, training organsations and scholarship organisations. For a list of sponsoring companies to apply to go to the sponsoring companies page. You can apply at any point throughout the year and there are usually two intakes a year, usually between August and January.
Civil Engineering: ICE Quest Scholarships
The scholarship is well known and respected within the civil engineering industry and offers great opportunities to top civil engineering students including:
- Financial support of £2,500 each year
- Paid work placements every summer
- Potential full time employment with a leading civil engineering or construction company after graduation
- Gaining knowledge and experience that will give you a head start in becoming a professionally qualified civil engineer
- Developing skills that enhance your career potential and CV
The following companies currently sponsor QUEST scholarships:
AECOM, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, Buro Happold, Costain, EM Highway Services, Farrans Construction, Galliford Try, Graham, Interserve Construction, John Sisk & Son, Lagan Construction, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall, Morgan Sindall Professional Services, Mott MacDonald, Network Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Peter Brett Associates, Skanska, Taylor Woodrow/VINCI Construction, Tony Gee & Partners, Topcon, WSP Group.
Every year some but not all of these companies sponsor scholarships. Applicants who are invited to the QUEST interview day are told which of the companies are offering sponsorship that year.
QUEST scholars are expected to work for a minimum of 8 weeks with their sponsor company each year during the summer holidays. Sponsor companies invest significant amounts of time, money and expertise in scholars, who are expected to join their sponsor company after graduation. Scholars who do not join their sponsor company may be required to return some of the sponsorship money.
Construction: BAM Day-Release Trainee Scheme
Construction: Barrett Foundation Degree Programme
- Payment of tuition fees
- Tailored teaching to compliment workplace learning
- 4 x 1-week release from site for block teaching each year
- A Barratt mentor
- £competitive salaries plus additional incentives and generous benefits (including discounted house buying).
In order to qualify, you will typically need one A-level and four GCSE Grade C or above including Maths and English, or one of the following:
• BTEC national certificate or diploma in building, construction or civil engineering
• Advanced diploma in construction or built environment
• Other access or foundation course qualifications
Construction: Costain Sponsored Student
Costain offer a sponsored student prgramme. It includes a bursary payment for each academic year of study, support with your dissertation and a graduate offer pending good performance. They offer sponsored student placements – both summer placements and longer-term industrial placements as part of the Programme. The summer work placements last between 8-12 weeks. During your industrial placement period (6 -12 months), you’ll have a chance to work across a range of exciting projects across the UK. All placements are paid on a monthly basis and you may receive additional support for relocation.
Construction: Inspire Scholarship Scheme
The Inspire Scholarship Scheme is a scheme for undergraduates who wish to work in the contracting sector. Those that are successful are sponsored £1000 per annum for up to 3 years and can expect to work with their sponsoring employer every summer.
- Bornville Village Trust
- D-Drill Master Drillers
- Fox Ownby Ltd
- Grainger Building Services Ltd
- Morrison Facility Services
- Pegasus Facility Services
- Rafferty Chimneys Engineering Ltd
- Relmfield Builders Ltd
- Safe T Reach Access Platforms
- Sir Robert Alpine Ltd
- W.B. Simpsons (Midlands) Ltd
Construction: Kier Foundation Degree Programme
The programme is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in areas that will help you get the most out of your career with Kier. As well as construction specific modules, you'll work on building capabilities in communication, problem-solving, team working and project management.
Construction: Sir Robert McAlpine Sponsorship
Sir Robert McAlpine offer a sponsorship to students for degree courses in the built environment. Candidates who already have a strong academic base and who demonstrate this potential will be offered financial and technical support during their studies, as well as vacation/IT employment. Upon graduation, sponsored students join the company and enrol on a professional development schemea leading to membership of a professional body.
Construction: Tarmac Higher Apprenticeships
During the scheme you will attend college or University on a day or block release basis. You will work on site, under the guidance of a more senior colleague where you will demonstrate the skills learned at college and improve them in real work situations.
Additionally, you will be undergoing sufficient training during the programme and on successful completion you will gain:
- University of Derby Higher National Diploma (HND) following 3 years employment
- Qualification to Honours Degree after 5 years
Tarmac recruit over 50 apprenticeships each year.
Construction: Vinci Sponsorship
What they look for in students above and beyond your academic achievements, is a flexible, team-based approach and the ability to form strong links with a wide variety of people.
Credit Rating: Experian Sponsored Degree Programme
Experian is a credit rating company. You will study for a BA (Hons) degree in Management & Leadership at Nottingham Trent University. In addition you will get to work at Experian, a Global FTSE 100 company.
There are 15 vacancies on the programme.
- You’ll work for Experian as a full time salaried employee
- You’ll study for a full time honours degree with Nottingham Trent University
- You’ll work in a real job that could include Human Resources, Marketing, Sales or Operations
- You’ll gain work experience working for one of the UK’s largest companies
- Content of the degree will include the study of business-related modules over the three years
- Study will be completed through study blocks at the university and distance learning
- You will gain tuition assistance from the university and support from your employer
- 300 UCAS points (BBB or equivalent) or a BTEC National Diploma with Distinction Profile.
- At least a C-grade in both GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent).
- A Maths or science A level would be an advantage but not essential
Engineering: Airbus Undergraduate Apprenticeship
Engineering: BBC Engineering Sponsored Degree
The BBC has been leading this sponsored degree to deliver the best Engineering Talent into the BBC as well as across the UK Media Industry. They have worked with Creative Skillset and UK universities such as Birmingham City University to develop this BEng degree programme that has been designed by the industry. They have a steering group chaired by the University of Salford and made up of the BBC, ITV, Babcock, Atos, Arqiva, BT Media & Broadcast and International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) – you will be working with the best in the industry. Jointly the steering group members ensure the scheme will continually deliver future talent for the industry.
About the Scheme
The scheme is managed and run by the BBC Academy with a dedicated Programme Manager and Coordinator. As part of this innovative Apprenticeship, you will study for an honours bachelor’s degree, with tailored courses in:
- Computer networks, networking and IP distribution
- Electrics, electronics, power and transmission
- Software programming, computer graphics and databases
- Audio and video signals and systems, processing and encoding
You will have a main BBC base, but you will spend periods away on study or work placements. Through a series of academic modules and industrial experience you will build the knowledge required a broadcast engineer. You’ll develop an excellent theoretical and practical understanding of operational and technical systems and equipment and their use in the fast-moving broadcasting industry. To start with you may be based in technical support teams, working on shift with teams responsible for fixing and maintaining studios and equipment. By the end of three years you may be working on projects.
What are the entry requirements?
- 300 UCAS points
- An A level (B grade or higher) or BTEC (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (i.e maths or another science) however, relevant experience may also be considered
- A passion to understand how things work and solving problems and you’ll need to have done something that demonstrates your interest in technology
- Broadcast Engineer
- Project Manager
- Junior TV Technologist
- Junior Radio Technologist
- Systems Specialist
- Editing Support Specialist
- On-Air Graphics Engineering Specialist
- Newsgathering Technologist
- Spectrum Planner
- Outside Broadcast Engineer
- Distribution Specialist
- Production Systems Engineer
- Junior API Platform Developer
- Database Systems Specialist
Engineering: Dyson Institute of Technology
You will work at the Dyson Institute of Technology, as a Dyson engineer on projects with real responsibilities. You’ll learn about engineering through hands-on experience and work alongside a team of Dyson technology experts. You’ll earn a competitive salary over the four-year programme.
Dyson is a high-pressure environment, so they are looking for engineers with dedication and huge potential. You will need at least AAB at A Level or equivalent (340 UCAS points), including an A grade in both Mathematics and at least one other Science, Technology or Engineering-related subject.
Engineering: Institution of Engineering & Technology: Power Academy Scolarships
Who can apply?Students undertaking the relevant degree at either BEng or MEng level and are on course to achieve 2:1. You can be in any year of study when applying. If you are in your first year then your previous academic achievements will be taken into account.
Engineering:Jaguar Land Rover Sponsorship scheme
Engineering: National Grid Engineering Trainee Programmes
To apply you need at least 2 A Levels grades A*- C in maths, physics or engineering. Positions exist throughout the UK.
Engineering: Rolls Royce Sponsored Degree
You'll also take on placements in different areas of the company, which typically last six months each. These will give you vital skills in areas like forecasting, production planning, supply chain design and management, as well as the management and development of manufacturing, assembly and repair processes and resources. Rolls Royce is based in Derby.
All tuition fees as well as a salary will be paid by Rolls Royce. Application is directly with them not through UCAS.
You will need A Levels A* to B grades (achieved or expected), one of which to include Maths, Physics; and/or a Science/numerate subject plus any 1 other.
Engineering: UK Electronics Skills Foundation Scholarship Scheme
What makes a UKESF Scholarship different?
- Ability to apply to up to 4 leading Electronics companies through one application form
- Development of professional skills and employability training
- Chance to make a difference in the Electronics sector through educational activities
What are the benefits of a UKESF Scholarship?
- An annual bursary
- Paid summer work placements
- Mentorship from your sponsoring company
- A paid for place at residential UKESF Scholar Workshop
- Opportunities to network and build professional relationships
- Be registered on a MEng or BEng degree at one of our partner universities on a course with a significant Electronics element
- Qualify as a UK or EU student for your tuition fees, or are a British National, with a permanent right to work in the UK upon graduation
- Be in any year of degree except final year, with an overall average of 60%
Find out more and apply on the UKESF website.
Missiles: MBDA Higher Business Trainee Programme
Professional Services: Cap Gemini
· demonstrable passion and capability in software development (e.g. you might have designed a website or a game)
· high analytical capability
· good oral and written communication
· good interpersonal skills
· ability to work well as part of a team
· ability and willingness to travel to different offices and client sites after your first 3 months. These include London, Birmingham and Liverpool.
Professional Services: EY Scholarship
How it works
The EY Scholarship lasts four years. It includes a paid 4 week Summer Placement in the practice after your first year at university, and a paid, year-long industrial placement at an EY office during year three. If you do well on your course and in the EY placements, you could be offered a full-time job when you graduate.
The EY Scholarship is open to students who have accepted an offer to study BSc Accounting & Finance at the following Universities:
- An offer of a place to study Accounting and Finance at one of the partner universities.
Professional Services: PWC Flying Start Degree Programmes
There are 3 universities that PWC have partnered with:
- Henley Business School at the University of Reading: four year BA (Hons) Accounting & Business (UCAS code NN41) degree
- Nottingham University Business School: BA honours in Accounting and Business
- Newcastle University: four-year BA (Honours) Business Accounting and Finance degree (UCAS Code NN14)
Retail: Morrisons Degree Apprenticeship
Locations: Bradford,Colne (Lancashire), Wakefield (West Yorkshire), Spalding, Grimsby (Lincolnshire), Turriff (Aberdeenshire), Flaxby (North Yorkshire), Northwich, Winsford (Cheshire), Deeside (Flintshire) Thrapston, Rushden (Northamptonshire),Wigan, Worsley (Greater Manchester),Bridgwater (Somerset), Derby (Derbyshire)
The Management Trainee Programme. Morrisons are partnering with Bradford University to develop a programme that will allow you to work, earn and learn while studying at University (part-time) towards a BSc (Hons) in Management and Business. If you are applying for their Head Office programme you will need to live within a commutable distance of Bradford. If applying to the Manufacturing scheme, you could be based at any of their production sites, so you need to be within a commutable distance of one of those (see above locations). If you’re not local to Bradford they will put you up in halls at the University when on site studying. Programmes exist in:
- Supply Chain
To join the scheme you must be at least 18 and fresh out of school or ideally will have some work experience... probably up to or around two years' worth, and perhaps related to manufacturing, retail, business or management. You must be able to commit to at least three years working and learning, plus five days a week (on shifts in Manufacturing) and attending university once every six weeks. You should have 260 UCAS points or equivalent and at least C grades including GCSE Maths and English.
Retail: Nestle Fast Start Programme
Nestle are looking for ambitious and innovative school leavers who have a genuine interest in developing a career in the food and drink industry. You’ll need to have completed your A levels or equivalent within the last 2 years, with 300 UCAS points (minimum BBB grades) in three main subjects (predictions are also accepted), excluding General Studies and re-sits. Nestle will pay your course fees, as well as all your costs for accommodation, meals and travel while you’re studying in Sheffield. In addition Nestle will pay a regular salary (£16k for York and £17k for Gatwick) and a range of quality benefits.
Technology; CGI Sponsored Degree Programmes
The starting salary is £13,000 and your base office would be either Reading or Leatherhead for the duration of the programme. You would work within the Programme and Technical Services (PTS) division and will sit within the ‘Graduate Practice’. All tuition fees are covered by Logica. On graduation, you are committed to stay with CGI for a minimum of two years.
Application is via CGI.
Technology: Fujitsu Degree Apprenticeship Programme
The degree programme runs for 4 years and will provide you an opportunity to attend lectures at Winchester University whilst carrying out a role in Fujitsu. Towards the end of this degree you will have a period of specialisation with a dissertation and project to complete at work linked to business requirements. Each module you study will match up to the business area within Fujitsu that you will be working in, ensuring you are receiving work-based learning that is relevant to your course.
Technology: Goldman Sachs Technology Apprenticeships
ABOUT THE PROGRAMThis is an opportunity to earn a salary and degree while embarking on a career in financial services and technology. The ‘Degree Apprenticeship Program’ will allow you to complete an apprenticeship within Goldman Sachs’ Technology division while studying for a degree at Queen Mary University of London. After the four-year program, you will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Digital and Technology Solutions, with the potential opportunity of a full time position with Goldman Sachs.
Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions. While studying for the Digital and Technology Solutions course, you will learn about new technologies and modern innovators, programming techniques and innovative software design. The placement within Goldman Sachs’ Technology division will allow you to apply these academic skills to ongoing real time software and engineering assignments.
Technology: John Lewis IT Degree Apprenticeship
During the scheme, you will spend at least two days a week (term time only) at the Queen Mary University campus in Mile End, London. The remaining three days of the week will be spent working in one of the busy IT teams within the John Lewis head office in Victoria, central London.
You will be working in one of the following areas:
- IT Application Operations
- IT Infrastructure Operations
- Technical Design & Development Practice
- Testing & Environment Practice
They are looking for a high achieving A’ Level (or equivalent) student, keen to follow a career in IT and predicted to achieve a minimum of 320 UCAS points in your A’ Levels (eg. A,B,B or equivalent not including General Studies).