The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships

Welcome to The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships.

Compiled by High Fliers Research for The Times, in association with Milkround School Leavers, this table lists the UK’s leading employers of higher apprentices and degree apprentices in 2017.

Use the programmes key below to discover what’s available at each of these top 50 employers.

Scroll down the page for more information on how the research was carried out.

Programmes key:

HA ~ Higher apprenticeship

DA ~ Degree apprenticeship

SD ~ Sponsored degree

SLP ~ School leaver programme

* ~ 2018 vacancies

Rank Employer and Sector *Available programmes Typical roles Starting salary Training length 2017 recruits
1 Civil Service
Public Sector
HA Business, commercial, finance, digital & technology, project delivery £19,500-£22,000 2 years 974
2 BAE Systems
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA, SLP, SD Engineering, finance, software development, project management £11,900-£17,500 4-5 years 314
3 PwC
Accounting & professional services
HA, DA, SLP, SD Assurance, consulting, deals, tax, technology Competitive 2-4 years 285
4 Deloitte
Accounting & professional services
HA, DA, SLP Audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk, technology Competitive 15 months-4 years 274
5 KPMG
Accounting & professional services
HA, DA, SLP, SD Audit, tax, advisory Competitive 3-6 years 236
6 Army
Armed Forces
HA, SD Engineering, intelligence, leadership, medical services £14,900-£25,900 2-4 years 204
7 EY
Accounting & professional services
HA, DA, SLP, SD Assurance, consulting, tax, transactions Up to £21,500 3 years 182
8 Jaguar Land Rover
Engineering & industrial
DA Engineering, finance & accountancy £18,500 6 years 133
9 BT
IT & telecommunications
HA, DA IT, engineering, HR, sales, business management, finance, cyber security £13,000-£19,000 18 months-4 years 125
10 Rolls-Royce
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA, SLP, SD Finance, engineering, manufacturing, project management, supply chain, science £12,600-£15,300 3-4.5 years 108
11 Royal Navy
Armed Forces
DA, SD Royal Navy Officer, Engineering Officer, submarine nuclear & weapon engineering Up to £5,500 bursary a year (SD), £31,000 (DA)  3-4 year degree, 7.5 years (DA) 105
12 Lloyds Banking Group
Banking & finance
HA, DA Banking, customer operations, finance, IT, business management £15,000-£23,300 2-3 years 102
13 GCHQ
Public sector
DA Cyber security, software engineering £17,900 3 years c.95*
14 Network Rail
Public sector
SD Railway engineering, applied engineering Varies 3-4 years 85
15 JP Morgan
Investment banking
HA, DA Financial services, technology Competitive 18 months-4 years 76
16 Barclays
Banking & finance
HA, DA Finance, internal audit, leadership, relationship management Competitive 18 months-3 years 72
17 Accenture
Consulting & technology
HA Operations, software engineering Competitive 3-4 years 65
18 Grant Thornton
Accounting & professional services
HA Audit, tax, advisory Competitive 5 years 65
19 Tesco
Retailing
HA Buying, merchandising, sales, project management £20,000 3 years 63
20 Laing O’Rourke
Construction
HA, DA Engineering, quantity surveying, procurement, planning, construction management Competitive 5 years 62
21 Marks & Spencer
Retailing
HA, DA Retail management, solicitor £18,000-£20,000 12-18 months (HA), 6 years (DA) 56
22 Sellafield
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Nuclear engineering & science, project management £14,900 3-4 years 55
23 Transport for London
Public sector
HA, DA Engineering, finance, general management, human resources, building services, cyber security £17,800 2-4 years 55
24 BDO
Accounting & professional services
HA Audit, tax, advisory, financial services Competitive 4 years 54
25 GSK
Chemical & pharmaceuticals
SD, DA Manufacturing, laboratory scientist, technology, engineering, finance, supply chain, sales Competitive 2 – 4 years 53
26 IBM
Consulting & technology
HA, DA Digital & technology solutions, business management, software development, management consultant Competitive 3 years 50
27 AECOM
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Engineering, building services, quantity surveying, construction Competitive 2-5 years 46
28 Capgemini
Consulting & technology
HA, DA Software development, consulting, cyber security, business analyst, project management £16,000 18 months (HA), 4.5 years (DA) 46
29 Siemens
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA, SLP Engineering, technology, manufacturing, finance, sales Competitive 2-4 years 45
30 Santander
Banking & finance
HA,DA Digital technology, human resources, finance £17,000 2-4 years 44
31 Thales
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Engineering, manufacturing, electronic systems, procurement, project planning Competitive 3-5 years 42
32 CGI
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Software development, project management, business intelligence, cyber security £14,600 2-4 years 41
33 GE
Consulting & technology
HA, DA Engineering, technology Competitive 3-5 years 39
34 Willis Towers Watson
Professional services
HA Actuarial work, accounting, insurance Competitive 2-3 years 39
35 Arcadis
Design  & consulting
HA, DA Quantity surveying, engineering, project management £12,000-£18,000 2-5 years 36
36 Airbus
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Engineering, technology, finance, business management Competitive 3-4 years 35
37 Atkins
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Engineering,programme management, technology, surveying £12,500-£16,000 4-5 years 34
38 Unilever
Consumer goods
HA, DA IT, project management, engineering, research & development Competitive 2-3 years 33
39 Dyson
Engineering & industrial
DA Engineering Competitive 4 years 33
40 Sky
Media
HA Technology, business, journalism Competitive 2 years 33
41 WSP
Design & consulting
HA, DA Building services, engineering, design, project management Competitive 3 years 31
42 National Grid
Utilities
HA Engineering, project management, cyber security, commercial Competitive 2-3 years 30
43 Balfour Beatty
Engineering & industrial
HA, SLP, SD Engineering, construction manager, quantity surveyor Competitive 2 years 30
44 BBC
Media
DA, HA Business management, software engineering, broadcast engineering, cyber security £12,500-£17,000 18 months-4 years 27
45 Nestlé
Consumer goods
HA, DA Business management, operations, human resources, finance £16,000-£17,000 2-3 years 25
46 Vodafone
IT & telecommunications
HA, DA Technology Competitive 2-4 years 21
47 Virgin Media
IT & telecommunications
HA, DA Engineering, technology, legal £17,500-£19,000 18 months-4.5 years 18
48 Boots
Retailing
HA Supply chain, finance, marketing, engineering, science Competitive 2 years 17
49 Cisco
IT & telecommunications
DA Technology Competitive 3 years 16
50 Mase
Construction
HA, DA, SLP Engineering, project management, quantity surveying Competitive 18 months-5 years 16

 

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How the table was compiled…

To produce The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships, the independent market research company High Fliers Research contacted more than 250 employers of school-leavers, graduates and young professionals in December 2017.

The research identified how many higher or degree apprentices each organisation recruited in 2017 that lead to level 4 qualifications or above. Employers who offer training schemes outside the official apprenticeship frameworks — by sponsoring places on existing undergraduate courses, by providing their own degree courses at university, or through programmes leading to professional qualifications — were also included within the organisation’s recruitment total.

Advanced or intermediate apprenticeships that are aimed at 16-plus school-leavers, which will lead to level 2 or level 3 qualifications, have not been included. The 50 organisations that recruited the most sixth-form school-leavers for higher or degree apprenticeships, or comparable schemes, took on a total of more than 4,600 trainees in 2017.