The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships

Welcome to The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships.

Compiled by High Fliers Research in Association with Milkround School Leavers, this table breaks down which employers recruited the most higher apprentices and degree apprentices in 2015.

Use the programmes key to discover what's available at each of these top 30 employers.

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

Rank Company & Sector *Available programmes Typical roles Starting salary Training length 2015 recruits
1 Civil Service
Public Sector
HA Commercial, finance, technology, project delivery £19,000+ 2 years 564
2 PwC
Accountancy & professional services
HA, SD Assurance, consulting, deals, tax £20,000+ (London HA) 2-4 years 319
3 KPMG
Accountancy & professional services
HA, SD Audit, tax, advisory £15,600-£21,500 3-6 years 227
4 Army
Armed Forces
SD Army Officer Bursaries up to £7,000 3 or 4 year degrees 150
5 Jaguar Land Rover
Engineering & industrial
DA Engineering, finance £18,550 6 years 145
6 Deloitte
Accountancy & professional services
HA Audit, tax, consulting, financial advisory Competitive 5 years 125
7 BAE Systems
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Engineering, software development, project management Competitive 4-5 years 121
8 EY
Accountancy & professional services
SLP Audit, advisory, transactions, tax Up to £21,500 5 years 110
9 Lloyds Banking Group
Banking & finance
HA, DA Banking, marketing, IT, finance, business management £20,000-£24,550 3-4 years 97
10 BDO
Accountancy & professional services
GA Audit, tax, advisory, financial services Competitive 5 years 95
11 Grant Thornton
Accountancy & professional services
SLP Advisory, assurance, tax Competitive 5 years 85
12 BT
IT & telecommunications
HA, DA HR, customer services, finance, engineering, IT £14,410-£18,000 3-5 years 84
13 Cap Gemini
Consulting & technology
DA Software engineering, consulting, data analytics, finance £16,000 4.5 years 76
14 JP Morgan
Investment banking
HA Finance, technology Competitive 1.5 or 4 years 72
15 Barclays
Banking & finance
HA Finance, audit,  leadership, relationship management Competitive 3-4 years 55
16 AECOM
Engineering & industrial
HA Engineering, architecture, surveying, construction Competitive 2-3 years 52
17 Rolls-Royce
Engineering & industrial
HA, SD Manufacturing, engineering, supply chain, accounting £11,880-£12,900 3.5-5+ years 50
18 IBM
Consulting & technology
HA, DA Technical solutions, business £15,000 3 years 50
19 National Grid
Engineering & industrial
HA, SD Engineering, information systems, project management £23,500 2 years 48
20 GCHQ
Public sector
HA IT, software engineering, internet, telecoms £17,500 2 years 43
21 Accenture
Consulting
HA Client delivery, operations, testing, service management Competitive 3 years 42
22 RSM
Accountancy & professional services
SLP Assurance, tax, audit, accounting, outsourcing Competitive 3+ years 39
23 Unilever
Consumer goods
HA Business, technology, research & development Competitive 3-6 years 37
24 Royal Navy
Armed Forces
SD Royal Navy Officer, Engineer Officer  Pay of up to £5,500 a year 3 or 4 year degrees 35
25 Vodafone
IT & telecommunications
HA Technology Competitive 2 years 30
26 Siemens
Engineering & industrial
HA Engineering, design, IT, technical sales, finance Competitive 2-4 years 27
27 Airbus
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Engineering, manufacturing, finance, supply chain £14,300 3 years 26
28 BBC
Media
HA, SD Business management, IT, broadcast engineering £11,500-£23,000+ 2-3 years 25
29 Tesco
Retail
HA Commercial, technology, fashion, retail management £18,000-£20,000 2-3 years 23
30 Thales
Engineering & industrial
HA, DA Project management, engineering, software, accounting Competitive 2-4 years 20

How the table was compiled...

Research compiled by independent market research company High Fliers Research. They contacted more than 200 employers of school leavers, graduates and young professionals in December to confirm how many high apprentices or degree apprentices each organisation recruited in the previous 12 months.

The research identified the number of training places available at each employer in 2015 for sixth form or school leavers on apprenticeship programmes that lead to level 4 qualifications or above.

Where employers offer their own training schemes outside the formal apprenticeship framework - by providing their own degree course at university, by sponsoring places on existing undergraduate courses or through programmes leading to recognised qualifications - these were also included within the organisation's recruitment total.

Programmes aimed at 16 plus school leavers leading to level 2 or 3 qualifications are not included. The 30 organisations that recruited the largest number of sixth form school leavers for higher or degree apprenticeships, or comparable training schemes, in 2015 offered a total of more than 2,800 places.

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