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 2016.

Use the programmes key to discover what's available at each of these top 40 employers.

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

Rank Employer & Sector *Available programmes Typical roles Starting salary Length of Training 2016 recruits
1 Civil Service
Public Sector
HA Business, commercial, finance, digital & technology, project delivery £19,500-£22,000 2 years 725
2 PwC
Accounting & professional services
HA, SD, SLP Assurance, consulting, deals, tax Competitive 2-4 years 295
3 Army
Armed Forces
SD Army Officer Total bursaries of £6,000-£24,000 3-4 year degree 230
4 KPMG
Accounting & professional services
HA, SLP Audit, tax, advisory Competitive 3-6 years 214
5 Deloitte
Accounting & professional services
HA Audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk, technology Competitive 5 years 210
6 EY
Accounting & professional services
SD, SLP Assurance, Consulting, Tax, Transactions Up to £21,500 5 years 195
7 BT
IT & telecommunications
HA, DA IT, engineering, HR, sales, business management, finance, cyber security £14,400-£18,000 2-4 years 141
8 BAE Systems
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Engineering, finance, software development, project management Competitive 4-5 years 134
9 BDO
Accounting & professional services
HA Audit, tax, advisory, financial services Competitive 5 years 100
10 Royal Navy
Armed Forces
SD, DA Royal Navy Officer, Engineering Officer, submarine nuclear & weapon engineering Up to £5,500 bursary a year (SD), £31,000 (DA)  3-4 year degree, 8.5 years (DA) 90
11 Jaguar Land Rover
Engineering & industrial
DA Engineering, finance & accountancy £18,500 6 years 87
12 Barclays
Banking & finance
HA Finance, internal audit, leadership, relationship management Competitive 3-4 years 77
13 GCHQ
Public sector
HA, DA IT, internet & telecoms, software engineering Competitive 2-3 years 77
14 Grant Thornton
Accounting & professional services
HA Audit, tax, advisory Competitive 5 years 75
15 AECOM
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA, SLP Engineering, building services,  quantity surveying, construction Competitive 2-5 years 75
16 Capgemini
Consulting & technology
HA, DA Software development, consulting, cyber security, business analyst, project management £16,000 4.5 years 71
17 Lloyds Banking Group
Banking & finance
HA, DA Banking, customer operations, finance, IT, business management £15,000-21,000 2-3 years 70
18 CGI
Consulting & technology
DA, HA Software development, project management, business intelligence, cyber security £14,100 2-4 years 63
19 National Grid
Engineering & industrial
HA, SD Engineering, information systems, project management £23,500 2-3 years 56
20 Accenture
Consulting & technology
DA Client delivery, operations, software engineering Competitive 3-4 years 55
21 JP Morgan
Investment banking
HA, DA, SLP Financial services, technology Competitive 18 months or 4 years 55
22 Rolls-Royce
Engineering & industrial
HA, SD, SLP Finance, engineering, manufacturing, project management, supply chain, science £11,200-£15,000 3-4.5 years 55
23 GSK
Chemical & pharmaceuticals
HA, DA Manufacturing, laboratory scientist, IT, health & safety, finance, supply chain,  Competitive 2-3 years 54
24 Sellafield
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Nuclear engineering & science, project management Competitive 2-5 years 52
25 Balfour Beatty
Engineering & industrial
HA Engineering, design, construction, quantity surveying, facilities management Competitive 3-6 years 50
26 Laing O'Rourke
Construction
DA Engineering, IT, quantity surveying, procurement, planning, construction management Competitive 5 years 45
27 IBM
Consulting & technology
DA, HA, SLP Business, technical solutions Competitive 3 years 40
28 GE
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Engineering, technology Competitive 3-5 years 37
29 Siemens
Engineering & industrial
HA, SLP Engineering, technology, manufacturing, finance & commercial Competitive 2-4 years 36
30 Unilever
Consumer goods
HA, DA, SD IT, project management, engineering, research & development Competitive 2-3 years 33
31 BBC
Media
HA, DA Business management, software engineering, broadcast engineering £12,500-£17,000 2-4 years 32
32 Vodafone
IT & telecommunications
HA Technology Competitive 2 years 32
33 Airbus
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Engineering, supply chain & logistics, finance, business support £14,900 3-5 years 30
34 Mace
Construction
HA, DA Construction management, quantity surveying, building services engineering Competitive 2-5 years 28
35 Thales
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Engineering, manufacturing, electronic systems, procurement, project planning, IT Competitive 2-4 years 28
36 Arcadis
Design & consulting
HA, DA Quantity surveying, engineering Competitive 2 years 26
37 SSE
Energy
DA IT £16,000 4 years 24
38 Santander
Banking & finance
DA, HA Digital technology, human resources Competitive 3-4 years 21
39 Transport for London
Public sector
HA, DA Finance, HR, quantity surveying, project management, IT Competitive 2-5 years 19
40 Cisco
IT & telecommunications
HA Technology Competitive 3 years 19

How the table was compiled...

To compile 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 during December 2016.  The research identified how many higher or degree apprentices each organisation recruited in the previous 12 months for apprenticeship programmes that lead to level 4 qualifications or above.

For employers who offer their own training schemes outside of 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 — these were also included within the organisation’s recruitment total.  Advanced or intermediate apprenticeships aimed at 16-plus school-leavers that lead to level 2 or 3 qualifications are not included. 

The 40 organisations that recruited the largest number of sixth-form school-leavers for higher or degree apprenticeships, or comparable training schemes, took on a total of more than 3,700 trainees in 2016.
 

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