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: Bank of America Degree Apprenticeships
Bank of America offers a Degree Apprenticeship Programme. You will split your time between studying for a bachelors or master’s degree and a professional qualification while earning a salary and gaining relevant experience. Your tuition fees will be paid for by the bank. When you join, you’ll be part of a cohort focused on a specific line of business and supported by industry experts in their field. This is your chance to develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful in a variety of roles within the banking industry.
You will be taught key skills such as: planning and prioritization, leadership and communication; and technical skills.
Positions exist in Bromley and Chester.
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 Lloyds Banking Group offers a scholars programme which is a social mobility progarmme run in conjunction with leading UK universities, offered to students from lower income households. It comprises a a complete package of financial support, paid internships, a business mentor and the opportunity to develop your employability skills. You are eligible to apply if you have a household income of less than £25,000 per annum and are due to start as a first year in one the following 8 universities: Oxford, UCL, Warwick, Edinburgh, Bristol, Bath, Birmingham and Sheffield. You will have a support package that consists of:
The application process consists of an online application followed by online tests, a telephone interview and then an assessment centre.
Business Management: Nielsen Degree Apprenticeship
Nielsen is a world-leading provider of market information, data, measurement and intelligence. They study consumers in more than 100 countries, giving clients the most complete view of trends worldwide. They offer a level 6 degree apprenticeship in business maagement based in Oxford.
This degree-level apprenticeship will earn you a BA Hons Degree in Chartered Management from Oxford Brookes. The degree will focus on the theory behind a range of business functions, such as Marketing, Finance and Strategic Management. As an apprentice, you will work full time at Nielsen’s UK Head Office in Oxford, with allocated days to attend university and study time within working hours.
In order to gain an understanding of the business, and to utilise your skill set, you will have 3 yearly rotations throughout the business. The course duration will be 3 years with a combination of multiple choice exams, coursework, presentations, dissertation and an end point assessment.
In order to be eligible to apply for this apprenticeship, you must have or be predicted to achieve 2 A Levels A-C in any subject or a BTEC with Distinction, Merit, Merit (or equivalent). You must also have a Level 2/GCSE qualification in both Maths and English.
They look for individuals with plenty of drive, passion and self-motivation that can bring a new way of thinking to a team. You’ll need excellent communication and teamwork skills and be able to organise a varied workload.
Careers at Sea: Merchant Navy
The Merchant Navy is the name given to the UK's commercial shipping industry. It is made up of shipping companies that own and manage a wide range of different types and sizes of ships. To become a merchant seafarer in the UK you need to undergo specialist training to achieve professional seafaring certification and educational qualifications. This takes place at sea, on board shipping companies' vessels, and in specialist colleges and universities throughout the UK. All programmes are sponsored, with course fees paid, living costs and other allowances provided.
- 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 Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) have a scholarship programme for undergraduates called Quest. QUEST offers scholarships of up to £2,500 per year to students about to start an ICE accredited civil engineering degree in the UK. The majority of scholarships are sponsored by civil engineering and construction companies, QUEST scholars are matched with a company, who they work with during the summer holidays, under the expectation that after graduation they’ll join them full time.
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.
Commercial: Airbus Undergraduate Apprenticeships
Airbus offers 2 commercial undergraduate apprenticeships focussed on either finance or business support and industrialisation. They are both 3 year sponsored degree programmes which combine academic study with on the job experience. The roles are based in Broughton, N Wales. They are available within Airbus, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space.
Finance: The finance apprenticeship leads to a degree equivalent accredition and professional accreditation with CIMA. You need 3 A levels at grade B or above and 6 GCSEs at grade C or above to apply.
Business Support & Industrialisation: You will work towards a BA in leadership and management as well as a professional qualification with ILM. You will work in various business areas such as industrial planning and lean management. To apply you require 2 A Levels at grade B or above and 6 GCSEs at grade C or above.
Construction: BAM Day-Release Trainee Scheme
BAM specialise in construction, property development, design, services engineering, facilities management and plant hire. BAM operates day-release schemes with educational institutions throughout the UK. Typically you are a recent school / college leaver with a strong academic track record. You'll take part in a structured training programme while continuing your university or college course on a day-release basis. The programme is designed to give you a broad appreciation of the whole construction process. BAM will pay your university fees and pay you a salary. You need to apply online. BAM are looking for motivated and ambitious individuals who are either studying for or planning to study for a construction–related qualification. They also consider graduates from a non– cognate background with transferable skills.
Construction: Barrett Foundation Degree Programme
Barrett is one of Britain’s largest and best known homebuilders. They have collaborated with Sheffield Hallam University to offer a bespoke Foundation Degree which provides the opportunity for you to develop the qualities and skills you’ll need for a career in the house-building industry. You’ll join as Trainee Assistant Site Manager, giving you hands-on experience from day one. You’ll attend 4 x 1-week teaching blocks at Sheffield Hallam University each year; achieving the CIOB accredited Foundation Degree after three years, with the option to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) Degree in Construction over a further 18 months. The programme starts with an induction in November each year, with teaching at Sheffield Hallam commencing in January.
- 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: Kier Foundation Degree Programme
Kier is a leading construction, development and building company. The Kier Foundation Degree Programme is a partnership between Kier and Sheffield Hallam University. You'll attend four one-week blocks of residential study at Sheffield Hallam University, and consolidate this with work-based learning assignments. if you enjoy your studies and finish the course with flying colours they'll encourage you to go on for a further 18 months to complete a BSc Honours degree. Both programmes are CIOB and RICS accredited, leading you on to professional membership as your career progresses.
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 Apprenticeship
Tarmac is the UK’s leading sustainable construction solutions company, providing a diverse range of products and services to the construction sector. They have contributed to some of the UK’s biggest construction projects including Wembley Stadium, Blackpool Sea Defences, Birmingham New Street Station and the London Olympics.They offer a level 4+ higher apprenticeship, equivalent to a foundation degree. You need to have A Levels to apply.
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
Vinci offer sponsorship to successful students studying a recognised construction related degree course at leading universities. You will gain valuable work experience. With the added benefit of financial support, mentoring and networking opportunities.
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
Academically, you’ll need:
- 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/Technology/Project: Sellafield Degree Apprenticeships
Sellafield is a global centre for nuclear engineering management. They pioneered the harnessing of nuclear power to generate electricity for the country. Now they are set international standards in high-hazard reduction. They offer a range of degree apprenticeships which provide a balance of on-the-job training and experience whilst enabling you to also study for a degree without having to cover the cost of tuition. The pathways include:
- Engineering Design
- Civil Asset Managment
- Operational Research & Analytics
- Quality Engineer
The entry requirements are:
- Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades A* to C (Step 9-4) including English Language, a Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar) and Mathematics at Grade B (Step 6) or above.
- Minimum of 96 UCAS points, including 2 STEM subjects at A-Level (e.g. Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Science). Other Level 3 STEM qualifications may be considered.
Engineering: Airbus Undergraduate Apprenticeship
Airbus offers a three or four year undergraduate engineering degree, focussed on Aeronautical engineering, which combines vocational and academic training with on the job experience. You will attend one of their partner universities to study for your BEng honours Aerospace engineering degree. You need two A Levels grade B and above in Maths and grade C in Physics. GCSEs in Maths, English and Science. You will be paid c£15k per annum and your tuition fees will be paid for. The training Centres are located in Broughton (South Wales) or Filton (Bristol) as are the partnership colleges and universities.
Engineering: BBC Engineering Sponsored Degree
BBC offers a sponsored engineering degree programme. It is 3 years in length and you will be paid an annual salary during this period as well as all tuition fees being met by the BBC. You will work towards a BEng (Hons) degree in Broadcast Engineering taught and accredited by a UK University.
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
This will give you a world-class foundation in the theory of broadcast engineering.
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
Where will it lead?
- 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
Dyson offer an engineering degree at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology. As an Undergraduate Engineer, you work alongside their Global Engineering team from day one. You are responsible for live projects, all while studying for your engineering degree from Warwick Manufacturing Group, the University of Warwick.
The course is four years long. The first two years will give you a strong foundation in engineering theory and practice before you specialise in years three and four. The engineering fundamentals that you learn in your studies will be put to practice through your role within Dyson's Global Engineering team.
The degree has been developed by Dyson engineers alongside academics at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the University of Warwick. WMG have a long-standing reputation for bridging the gap between industry and academia through their strong links with global engineering companies. As a first year Undergraduate Engineer you will live on-site in modern accommodation pods. The campus is within easy driving distance of Bristol, Bath and Gloucester.
Your tuition fees will be paid by Dyson, and you will earn a salary from the start, meaning you could graduate debt-free.
At the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, you’re an engineer from day one. You’ll learn about engineering through hands-on experience and work alongside a team of Dyson technology experts three days of the week. With Dyson’s expertise across motors, fluid dynamics, separation systems, energy storage, robotics, software and hair science, you’ll have the chance to work within a number of technical disciplines.
In your first year, you’ll complete three engineering rotations, focusing on mechanical, electronics hardware, and software. There are three more rotations in your second year, in different teams. This will help to consolidate your understanding of engineering fundamentals in practice.
For your final two years, they will give you the opportunity to state your preferred pathway. Dyson will place you in a team depending on your preferences, skills and the business need.
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, including an A grade in both Mathematics and at least one other Science, Technology or Engineering-related subject.
They are also looking for people who are passionate about engineering and technology, a creative problem solver, an excellent team-player and a great communicator.
Engineering: EDF Energy Engineering Degree Apprenticeships
EDF Energy are the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses.
They offer the
- Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship. Spend four years learning from experts, getting valuable experience all whilst studying for a Bachelors Degree in Engineering (Honours). You’ll study your degree at the new National College for Nuclear, through Bridgwater & Taunton College situated in Somerset.
- 102 UCAS points - ideally this will consist of at least 3 A levels (at grade C or above), including Maths and a Science subject or a relevant Level 3 qualification, such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with a strong mathematical element
- 4 year apprenticeship
Engineering: Institution of Engineering & Technology: Power Academy Scolarships
ICT Power Academy offers engineering scholarships to undergraduates students in electrical and power engineering at leading UK universities. There are anumber of scholarships awarded each year to students at participating universities. Firms participating include Costain, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Scottish Powers, London Underground and National Grid. You will be privided annual sponsorship as well as annual work experience.
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: Leonardo degree apprenticeships
Leonardo is a world leader in helicopter manufacture, based in Yeovil, Somerset. They have opportunities in their electronics, defence and security systems area as well as in the Helicopter division. They offer both electrical and mechanical and business degree apprenticeships within the helicopter divsions. They are both 4 year schemes. Electrical amd mechanical apprentices will spend up to 9 months full time at college, then day release for the remainder of the scheme. Business apprentices undertake day release throughout the duration of the scheme.
Applicants to the ‘Degree’ apprenticeship programme will need:
- 240 UCAS points (pre 2017) or 96 (post 2017) or above at A-level standard or equivalent, to include maths and at least one further STEM based subject such as science or engineering.
- Plus 4 GCSEs grade A-C (pre 2017) or grade 4 and above (post 2017) including English and Science , with a grade B and above (pre 2017) or grade 5 and above (post 2017) in Maths.
Engineering: National Grid Engineering Trainee Programmes
National Grids' Engineering Trainee Progrmmes are three-year development programmes which benefit from a mix of practical work and academic study as you achieve a Foundation Degree. You can work and study towards a range on engineering degrees - including mechanical, electrical and power. You will earn as you learn, combining formal study at university as well as practical hands on wor. starting salaries are in the region of £24,000.
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
Rolls Royce offers a manufacturing management sponsored degree. As part of your programme, you'll earn a Master’s degree in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick, paid for by Rolls Royce. It will involve residential modules and written and work-based assignments, and you'll study part time alongside your work. It’s not an accelerated route to MEng, BEng or CEng, although they do expect you to complete your degree in around four or five years.
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
The UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) connects the most capable Electronics students at top UK universities with leading employers through the UKESF 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
Am I eligible for a UKESF Scholarship?
- 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.
Engineering:Jaguar Land Rover Sponsorship scheme
Jaguar Land Rover offer sponsorship schemes for Systems Integration/Electronic/Electrical/Computer & Software Engineering students. You will be working on real projects from initial design to production. You can take your summer and Industrial Placement with Jaguar. Acquiring experience in the diverse operation, you could find yourself working in specialist engineering fields ranging from infotainment and Powertrain Control to Electrical Distribution and Body Electronics.
Food Manufacturing: Nestle Confectionary Degree Apprenticeship
Nestle offers a confectionary degree apprenticeship based in York. The apprenticeships are a mixture of studies and on the job training.
The Higher Apprenticeship programme reveals the secrets behind Nestlé’s world-renowned range of brands and puts you at the heart of creating the confectionery that we’ll be consuming in the future. Food manufacturing expertise is integral to this programme, and Nestle are committed to showing you how to create quality food products in a safe and efficient food manufacturing environment.
In partnership with the National Centre of Food Manufacturing, part of the University of Lincoln, your three year apprenticeship will be a blend of distance learning and block release. And what’s more Nestlé will pay 100% of your Apprenticeship training while providing an attractive rewards package.
- 2 A Levels (excluding General Studies) or equivalent qualifications — one A Level must be Maths or Science
- 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grades A*–C (including a B or above in Maths and English)
Missiles: MBDA Higher Business Trainee Programme
MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems and has industrial facilities across Europe. It offers a Business Trainee Programme. This combines work and study for a degree in Business Studies either at Bolton University or University of Hertfordshire on a day relaese basis. You will receive an annual salary and benefits and 50% of your university fees will be paid for. This is a four-year scheme where you will undertake 3-9 month placements in Procurement, Supply Chain, UK & Export Contracts and Business Forecasting & Pricing. They are open for applications from March to May. You need 300 UCAS points to apply.
Procurement: Virgin Media Degree Apprenticeship
Virgin provides a 36 month degree apprenticeship in procurement. You need a 3 A Levels preferably in STEM based subjects. They work with Aston University. Virgin are based in Peterborough.
Professional Services: Cap Gemini
The Cap Gemini Higher Apprentice Sponsored Degree Programme offers the opportunity to study part-time for a BSc in Software Engineering or Business Information Systems ( from Aston University) and several professional qualifications. It is a 5 year study and work programme, where you will study part time and develop a thorough grounding in software engineering, work on client projects and develop skills in environments such as C+.net; Drupal/PHP, Microsoft and Java and work with cloud computing and software as a service. You will earn a salary and have all your tuition fees paid for. After 5 years, your salary will equal that of a graduate entrant. There are vacancies in a number of locations across the UK. To be eligible you need 240 UCAS points, CCC. Preference in given to candidates with good grades in STEM subjects. You also needs 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. Other attributes include:
· 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 Degree Apprenticeship in Managed Sevices
EY offer a degree apprenticeship in managed services. Managed Services provide a range of crucial services at the heart of the financial services industry. You will study towards a BA in Business Leadership and Management Practice over three years, through a partnership with Northumbria University, qualifying as a Chartered Manager upon completion. You will spend one day per week during the academic term studying with colleagues at the university, as well as time working as part of the Managed Services hub in Newcastle, with a competitive starting salary.
Managed services include working within the following areas:
- Anti Money Laundering
- Suitability Reviews
- Regulatory Remediation
- Reporting Solutions
- Cyber Security
Skills and attributes for success
- Creative, independent with good problem solving skills
- Strong analytical, interpersonal, communication and writing skills
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Ability to prioritise workloads and meet deadlines
- Enthusiasm to face new challenges and learn new skills
To qualify for the role you must be completing or have 3 A levels, 5 Highers or equivalent qualifications.
Professional Services: IBM Chartered Business Management Degree
IBM offer a degree apprenticeship in Business Management. You will study with the likes of Queen Mary University of London, Exeter, Manchester Metropolitan, Open University and Pearson College. Apprenticeships have changed. IBM has changed. It's not all about bits & bytes, cloud and cognitive. Apprenticeships at IBM are all about picking up skills for the workplace and embarking on a long, and successful career. They have your professional development in mind from the day you join as a permanent employee. You will get lots of exposure and an experience you simply can't get anywhere else. You will graduate with a degree but no debt.
- 2017 Tariff: 5 GCSE’s Grade 5-9 (incl. Maths and English Language) and must have obtained or be predicted at least 64 UCAS points from A-levels or equivalent
- 2016 Tariff: 5 GCSE’s Grade C or above (incl. Maths and English Language) and must have obtained or be predicted at least 160 UCAS points from A-levels or equivalent
Professional Services: PWC Flying Start Degree Programmes
PWCs' Flying Start Degree Programme may be for you if you’ve decided on university and an accountancy career. You’ll qualify as a Chartered Accountant about a year after you graduate. The Flying Start degree is a four-year programme that will give you the benefit of going to university & getting paid work experience. Built into the programme, are paid work placements in PwC’s Assurance practice, so you get to apply the technical theory you’ve learned in the workplace.
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)
You’ll need at least AAB grades from three A-levels or equivalent (excluding General Studies), an A in GCSE maths and a B or above in GCSE English. You apply through UCAS.
Property: CBRE Degree (level 6) Apprenticeship
CBRE are the world’s leading commercial real estate advisor. With over 300 offices in more than 30 countries, they have more consultants advising more customers than any other property firm. They offer a degree level apprenticeship which involves studying for a 4 year BSc Real Estate with the APC taken in the last two years.
Now in its fourth year, CBRE's Apprenticeship Programme is helping to bring fresh new talent into the commercial real estate market. The scheme offers an accredited route to becoming a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor.
Property: Cushman & Wakefield Chartered Surveyor (level 6) Degree Apprenticeship
Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms, with 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries. They offer a Level 6 Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship. This includes completing an undergraduate degree in Real Estate on a part time basis, whilst gaining real work experience. You will then take the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. As you train, you will take on various rotations across the business to build your practical experience. This could include regional or international.
You’ll need to have achieved, or be expecting, a minimum of three A2 levels at Grade C or higher, or their equivalent, or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a construction or property related discipline.
Property: Savills Apprenticeship
Savills UK is a leading global real estate service provider. The company employs over 30,000 staff and has 600 offices and associates worldwide, providing apprentices with excellent exposure to an international business.
Savills apprenticeship roles are available across the UK. The Programme lasts 5 years, and offers a permanent job contract. Working four full days in the office with the fifth day spent at University you will gain a foundation degree (during years one and two) and then a full undergraduate degree in Surveying (years 3-5). Savills work with The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust to offer Property apprenticeship opportunities accross the business.
Your university fees are paid by Savills and the starting salary is in the region of £15,000 per year.
Qualifications Required: You should preferably have 2 or 3 A Levels and preferably GCSEs should be with grades A-C in English, Maths and Science.
Retail: Morrisons Sponsored Degree Apprenticeship
Morrisons is a big food retailer and the 2nd largest food producer. They are a business in transformation and offer Management Trainee Sponsored Degree Programmes in Management & Business. Its full time. You can go straight from school or early work experience onto either their Manufacturing or Head Office Sponsored Degree Programme. You’ll get right into action in a real paid job and study for a degree that is paid for.
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
The programme will allow you to understand and experience the Manufacturing business or Head Office operations from the start, taking on a real role with real responsibility. You could become a Manufacturing Front Line Manager within a few years, or be in a key Head Office department like Marketing, HR or Buying. You'll learn quickly, fully supported by a "Buddy" who has been through the scheme before and knows what it's like to be there, a mentor who is a senior manager and has experience and sound advice to offer you and, formal training at their Academy to support you to develop your key skills making you quickly into one of their managers of the future.
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 is offering two degree apprenticeships:
Operations Degree Apprenticeship - This three-year programme offers you an amazing opportunity to combine University studies with practical experience in the global business. By the end of the Apprenticeship, you'll have developed the professional knowledge combined with the skills and behaviours to set you up for future success. You'll study for a BA (Hons.) degree in Professional Business Practice at Sheffield Hallam University in blocks of study and combine this with rotations in our operations teams.
Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - If you're looking for high calibre training leading to a degree qualification, together with business experience and a promising career, this Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship offers just that. With a real job from day one in one of the commercial functions, you'll make a genuine contribution to Nestlé. You'll study for a BA (Hons.) degree in Professional Business Practice at Sheffield Hallam University and combine this with placements in a number of Nestlé’s business functions. In your first two years, you'll enjoy work placements in four of Nestlé’s commercial business areas and alongside this invaluable experience you'll have blocks of study at Sheffield Hallam. For your final year, you will specialise into a specific business area, based on your strengths and Nestlé's business needs, whilst writing your dissertation.
Who are they looking for?
They are looking for ambitious and innovative candidates who have a genuine interest in developing a career in the food and drink industry. Studying for a degree while holding down a job in a fast-moving business can be demanding and challenging, so they want high quality people with real potential who demonstrate commitment and ambition. In return, they will pay your course fees, as well as all your costs for accommodation, meals and travel while you're studying in Sheffield.
In line with the updated UCAS scoring system, candidates who completed their A-levels in 2017 or later will need 104 UCAS points from three A Levels (excluding General Studies) or equivalent to be eligible for this training programme. The equivalent requirement based on the former UCAS scoring system (2016 and previous) is 260 UCAS points.
Science: Medimmune Degree Apprenticeships
Medimmune. MedImmune is the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca and are focused on three core therapeutic areas: Oncology; Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmune; and Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease. They also are opportunity-driven in Infectious Disease. They have a pipeline of only 120 research projects. They offer a number of degree apprenticeships, which are 3 years in length and include the following:
Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (Antibody Discovery)
Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (Hybridoma Function)
Technician Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (Analytical Sciences)
Technician Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (Biopharmaceutical Development / Purification Process)
Technician Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (Bioassay Development)
Technician Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (Oncology)
Technician Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (RIA Biology)
Technician Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (Biopharmaceutical Development / Logistics & Clinical Supply)
Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprentice (Life Science - Antibody Discovery)
The roles vary but most involve lab based resaerch in a team. This is an amazing opportunity to work in industry-leading laboratories at the cutting edge of drug discovery. The positions are based in Cambridge.
You need to possess 3 A levels (or equivalent), two of which must be in a science subject (ideally biology) at grade B or above. Five GCSE’s at grade C and above including Mathematics and English (or equivalent).
Science: Unilever R&D Apprenticeships
Unilever offer 2 R&D higher apprenticeships. You will actively contribute to the creation of great innovative products for consumers around the world. The opportunities allow you to put your science education, passion and curiosity into practice whilst gaining a BSc or BEng. The Unilever R&D Higher Apprenticeship aims to provide a pipeline of talent for the future needs of the business through a combination of workplace learning and higher education.
1. Chemistry: This apprenticeship is 4 years in length and based in the Global R&D centre in Port Sunlight (Wirral). You’ll be part of a group of scientific and technical professionals whose innovations help millions of people look good, feel good and get more out of life.
- Research and develop some of the world’s leading Unilever home and personal care brands.
- Use your scientific or technical curiosity to improve how products work and appeal to consumers.
- Interact and work with people from all over the world.
Typically three grade ‘B’ passes at ‘A’-level in relevant subjects although offers are made on the basis of interview performance
- Level 4 certificate (HNC) in Chemistry
- SIP accredited Smart Higher Apprenticeship certificate
- BSc(Honours) in Chemistry (University of Liverpool)
2. R&D Refreshment: This offers you the opportunity to study for a BSc in Foods or Chemical Science and is 5 years in length. You will work at Unilever’s R&D site at Colworth to build and contribute to a number of brands including Lipton, PG Tips, Flora, Magnum, Cornetto and Dove. Over 600 scientists, technologists, legal professionals and support staff work at Colworth on a diverse range of activities.
Colworth is home to the Global Design Centre for Beverages and Ice Cream, Regional Deploy Centre for Beverages, Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, Discover and Critical Functions Capabilities such as Information and Technology for R&D.
You need to have Sciences A-levels or equivalent at B grade or above (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and/or Maths).
You will be given one day per week during term-time to study; this can be used for a ‘day release’ method of study or as dedicated study for a distance learning programme.
Technology: Accenture Digital Technology Degree Apprenticeship
Accenture offer Digital Technology Degree Apprenticeships in both London and Warwick.
They currently have apprenticeship opportunities in Client Delivery and Operations, where they deliver the solutions, software and application development that helps make business and communication easier for customers.
You’ll be based in London or Warwick, take on a real job with salary to match, and get to work with ground-breaking technologies. By the end of your expert training, you’ll come away with a degree level qualification and all the experience you need to get your career off to a great start.
They have two routes to the Degree Apprenticeship. The Trailblazer IT Apprenticeship, which does not require any academic requirements, lasts for 4 years and leads to a BSc. in Digital & Technology Solutions. And, the Degree Apprenticeship, which lasts for 3 years, is open to candidates with ‘A’ levels or equivalent, and results in a BSc. in Digital & Technology Solutions. During these apprenticeships, you’ll be kept busy with a mix of on-the-job experience as well as structured training and courses.
Technology: EY Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation
EY offer a degree apprenticeship ( level 6) in Digital Innovation. You will be part of Consulting Technology – offering the opportunity to start your career straight from school in a fast-paced job that develops practical and technical skills, preparing you for a career working on leading projects within the digital space. You will:
- Help to solve problems using a host of technologies and techniques that will impact on major companies and the rest of society – supporting technology for transport systems, methods of healthcare delivery, improving the supply chain for consumer goods, the future of banking
- Gain experience in opportunities such as designing and prototyping emerging technology solutions (eg developing web and mobile apps)
- Work collaboratively, directly with joint EY/client teams to solve their biggest business Technology problems – building opportunities for your future in Technology Consulting
EY will fund your tuition fees and you’ll receive a competitive salary from day one. You can also expect first class training and support throughout your role.
You will spend 20% of your time over 3 years studying towards a BSc Apprenticeship Degree in Digital Innovation. You will study with other Apprentices from leading Tech businesses at ADA college, the National College of Digital Skills. You will then build on these skills in teams with EY clients in between your block release sessions. Over the 3 years you can expect to experience web-based learning, shadowing senior colleagues and team members, and training courses with our in-house experts.
If you are currently at school/college, you must be completing 3 A levels, 5 Highers or equivalent qualifications, in advance of the programme start date in September.
If you are now working, you must have attained 3 A levels, 5 Highers or equivalent qualifications.
You don’t need to have any prior technical experience or qualifications – we are looking for people who are passionate about technology and have a strong desire to learn.
Technology: Fujitsu Degree Apprenticeship Programme
Fujitsu are one of the worlds largest IT suppliers. They offer a degree apprenticeship programme where they will sponsor your studies as well as pay you. Your role would be based in the Fujitsu Basingstoke offices for the Defence and National Security account and will also involve you attending lectures at Winchester University to complete a BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions degree over a 4 year period. You need 280 UCAS points and experience or an interest in IT.
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
Goldman Sachs offers aDegree Apprenticeship Program which combines higher education with vocational training to offer a fee-free alternative to the traditional University route. This program is suited for students looking to pursue a university degree and possessing a keen interest in building solutions to complex problems. You will be required to meet the minimum entry requirements of Queen Mary University of London where you will study for a degree in computer science.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This 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: GSK digital and Technology Degree Apprenticeship
GSK offer a digital and Technology degree apprenticeship. You will be working in the Core Business learning from industry experts, while studying for a Bachelors degree in the IT Management and Business area whilst earning a competitive salary.You will work in an R&D setting – either in the IT function or in Product Development and Supply. This apprenticeship will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a number of areas. These might include:
- Analysing business processes
- Present ideas for system improvements, including cost proposals
- Developing user requirements
- Testing applications in controlled, real situations before going live
- Developing and delivering training for users
- Overseeing system change controls
- Supporting internal audits and external regulatory inspections
- Produce detailed system specifications
- Write new software code and build applications
- Prepare training manuals for users
- Maintain the systems once they are up and running.
Entry requirements: To be eligible for the apprenticeship programme, you:
- must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at A*-C grade including English language (not literature) and Maths, and an A*-C grade in a Science subject.
- must also have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 320 UCAS (2016 tariff) or 128 UCAS (2017 tariff) points from your top 3 A-Levels or equivalent, which must include a Science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Engineering or Computer Science.
They are also looking for proactive, flexible and motivated people to join their IT team. You will need to be a strong communicator, be team orientated, and demonstrate an eagerness to learn and develop.
The Digital and Technology degree apprenticeships run for four years at either Stevenage or Ware sites. The apprenticeships based at Ware will also spend time at the Harlow site.
Technology: IBM Digital & Technology Solutions degree
IBM offer a degree apprenticeship in Digital & technology Solutions. You will study with the likes of Queen Mary University of London, Exeter, Manchester Metropolitan, Open University and Pearson College. Apprenticeships have changed. IBM has changed. It's not all about bits & bytes, cloud and cognitive. Apprenticeships at IBM are all about picking up skills for the workplace and embarking on a long, and successful career. They have your professional development in mind from the day you join as a permanent employee. You will get lots of exposure and an experience you simply can't get anywhere else. You will graduate with a degree but no debt.
- 2017 Tariff: 5 GCSE’s Grade 5-9 (incl. Maths and English Language) and must have obtained or be predicted at least 64 UCAS points from A-levels or equivalent
- 2016 Tariff: 5 GCSE’s Grade C or above (incl. Maths and English Language) and must have obtained or be predicted at least 160 UCAS points from A-levels or equivalent
Technology: J.P. Morgan Technology Degree Apprenticeship
J.P. Morgan offer a Degree Apprenticeship program designed for post sixth-form or college students who are eager to launch their career within technology in the financial services industry. The four-year degree apprenticeship program offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of technology within financial services and the chance to obtain a full honours degree alongside valuable work experience at their Bournemouth technology hub.
Your degree will be delivered by a blend of virtual lectures alongside award-winning internal training. Coupled with the on-the-job learning, this will lead to your obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions.
Upon successful completion of the program, you could be offered a full-time position within the firm.
You’ll be part of a team from day one. Learning alongside industry experts you will develop skills and knowledge to help you as you start your career. You’ll have real responsibilities in a real working environment.
Entry requirments: 3 B grades at A-Level or equivalent to include at least one STEM subject. English and Mathematics B or above at GCSE. They also value strong communication and collaboration skills and excellent problem-solving abilities coupled with intelligence, passion and a drive to learn.
Technology: John Lewis IT Degree Apprenticeship
John Lewis is working with Queen Mary University London to deliver a level 6 IT Degree Apprenticeship.This four year programme offers you a permanent role on a structured programme combining ‘on the job’ work experience with studying for a full honours degree at a top London university. You will be studying towards a full BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions degree.
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
What qualifications are required?
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).
Technology: Severn Trent Digital Information Systems Degree Apprenticeship
Severn Trent offer a number of apprenticeships, one of which is the Digital Information Systems degree apprenticeship.
This is a Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship programme.
Your rotation placements on the scheme focus on developing the key skills and experience that you’ll require to be a key member of the Information Systems teams here. Either through working in service delivery teams, app development and support teams or key projects. You’ll combine on-the-job learning with formal, nationally recognised development training modules, which includes a tailored two-week induction. This is delivered by BPP and is a 4 year programme.
You’ll get exposure to different teams across the business as you work on a combination of big budget transformation programmes and fast-moving, agile delivery projects. These could include anything from working with Developers and Analysts in the App Squad to deliver applications for colleagues’ smart devices, to developing new systems that allow identification and prevention of network failures.
Technology; CGI Sponsored Degree Programmes
CGI (formerly Logica). CGI is one of the largest IT and business process services providers in the world. Their Degree Apprenticeships offer the chance to gain a degree, debt free, whilst starting your professional career. They have Degree Apprenticeships with Aston University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Winchester.
The following opportunities are available:
- BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions degree at Winchester University:They have two programmes; one that is technical, designed for those who want to pursue an IT/Computing career and another with a business focus for those that are interested in Business Management and Project Management careers.This course will take three years to complete spending one day a week studying in Winchester and the other four developing your career at CGI based in CGI’s Reading or Leatherhead offices. You could work in everything from Space and Defence to Bid Management, Marketing, Programming, Cyber-Security and Project Management.
- BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions degree at Aston University: This course will take four and a half years to complete. The Aston Programme is sponsored by the Energy, Utilities and Telecoms (EUT) area of the business and you could be based from Birmingham, Leatherhead, London and Reading offices.
- BSc (Hons) Software Development - Graduate Level Apprenticeship - Glasgow Caledonian University. You will study one day a week at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), whilst spending the other four days a week developing your career on real-life projects at CGI. Your role will be to deliver digital engineering capability and encompass a rotation programme which will allow you to learn different programming languages and try new roles. You could be involved in:
- Resolving IT issues
- Software testing
- learning how software is designed and developed
- BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business (ITMB) -Graduate Level Apprenticeship- Edinburgh Napier University:You will study one day a week at Edinburgh Napier University, whilst spending the other four days a week developing your career on real-life projects at CGI.This course will take four years to complete. You’ll be proving yourself from day one – solving problems, taking responsibility, making decisions, working on classified mission-critical projects.
Entry Requirements for Winchester and Aston degrees
- To have or be predicated to achieve at least 120 UCAS points across three A-Levels or equivalent BTECs at grade C or above (excluding General Studies) gained in the same academic year (or equivalent) or
- a completed Advanced IT Apprenticeship.
- Also a minimum of five A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent), including English, Maths and Science.
- For the IT focused programmes, your A-Levels (or equivalent e.g. Scottish Nationals, BTEC etc) should include an IT related subject, unless you can show strong technical (programming/development) ability through work experience or extra-curricular activities.
Entry Requirements for the scottish degrees:
- The preferred requirement is 4 Highers at Grade B or above including 1 in Maths, Physics or Computing (equivalent qualifications are accepted) unless you can show strong technical (programming/development) ability through work experience or extra-curricular activities.
- At least 7 Scottish National 5 at grade 1-3 including English or Maths (equivalent qualifications are accepted)