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apprenticeships or university

Apprenticeships or University?

Jas Somal, Careers Adviser


what does an apprenticeship cover
What does an apprenticeship cover?
  • Competences qualification
  • Technical Knowledge qualification
  • Either Key Skills (e.g. working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology) or Functional Skills (e.g. Maths and English) qualifications or a GCSE with enhanced content (e.g. Maths and English)


the basics
The Basics
  • Opportunity to earn a salary, with paid holiday entitlement, whilst gaining qualifications
  • Usually 1 – 4 years to complete, depending on level and ability
  • Competition for places can be fierce
  • Employed for at least 30 hours per week + attendance at local college or specialist training centre
  • 3 Levels of apprenticeship:
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
    • Higher
higher apprenticeship
Higher Apprenticeship …..
  • Working towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
  • Foundation degrees (stand alone qualification) can be topped up to a full degree
where are the vacancies
Where are the vacancies?
  • 14,300 vacancies across the UK
  • 77 Higher Apprenticeships
  • 1741 Advanced Apprenticeships
  • 800,000 school leavers and graduates enter the job market each year
  • On average 23 people apply for each the job in the UK
higher apprenticeship programme
Higher Apprenticeship programme
  • Fully funded Masters Degree in Engineering & Business Management, Warwick University: 4 – 5 years
  • £11,800 starting salary reviewed every 9 months
  • Firm foundation in engineering, 6 month placements in forecasting, production planning, supply chain design and management, &management and development of manufacturing, assembly and repair processes and resources.
  • A* to C grades at A-Level, or equivalent, in Maths, Physics or Chemistry, plus one other.
  • Good GCSEs, including Maths & English
higher apprenticeship scheme
Higher Apprenticeship Scheme
  • Up to 6 year’s duration
  • Starting salary £16,000 rising to £32,000 on completion
  • Fully sponsored Engineering Degree
  • NVQ4 Engineering Leadership
  • NVQ3 Business Improvement Techniques
  • NVQ2 Performing Engineering Operations
  • A level - C or above in mathematical subject & C or above in Science, IT or Engineering related subject, plus usual GCSE requirements
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GCHQ government communications security
  • Higher apprenticeship2-year programme will heavily invest in talented individuals to give them all the necessary skills to succeed in the unique field of intelligence and security work. On top of funding all the training and providing appropriate support, GCHQ will pay successful applicants an annual salary of £16,706,
  • In addition, individuals will complete the programme with a foundation degree and a Level 4 Diploma in IT Professional Competence, and secure a permanent position at GCHQ
  • Entry requirements - 3 A-Levels at grades A-C (with at least 2 A- Levels in either science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects. or
  • Qualifications in STEM subjects which are equivalent to a minimum of 300 UCAS points
  • For further information visit
support office apprenticeship
Support Office Apprenticeship
  • £15,000 per annum
  • Opportunities in HR, Finance, IT, Supply Chain, Brand Buying & Marketing
  • Online application & questionnaire
  • Telephone interview
  • Assessment event
  • 3 A levels Grade C or above

Customer Delivery Support & IT

  • 3 Years’ duration
  • C.£16,500 per annum
  • L4 Diploma, Key Skills & Foundation Degree
  • Further development & training available on completion of apprenticeship
  • 2 x A levels Grades A – C (+ 5 GCSEs A-C inc. English & Maths)

Financial Services, Accounting & Finance Sectors

  • Banking- Branch and Commercial Relationship Managers:
  • Insurance - Claims, Broking and Underwriting Technicians/ Supervisors:
  • Offer Internships over the holiday period, insight programmes
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Retail Choice M&S
  • Forget where you see yourself in five years' time. With our Trainee Retail Management programme, you can make Commercial Manager of one of our stores in less than two. All you need is two A-levels (or equivalent), a head for business and heart for customer service.
  • So, the real question is: are you up for it? Take a look around the site to find www.marks&
  • House of Fraser, John Lewis, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury, all recruiting

Why choose telent?

  • In a services company like telent, our people really are our most valuable asset. That’s why we take special care to nurture, motivate and develop the men and women who work for us.
  • We value our people — so your career will get added value from us
  • We pride ourselves on offering creative, exciting careers in a variety of market sectors where — for decades now — we’ve been applying technical expertise to large-scale communications and network services projects.
  • In short - we can promise you a competitive package, a flexible work environment and fast-paced, varied careers that will give you every opportunity to test, prove and progress your skills as we grow and broaden our service offering.
  • We choose and train great sales and commercial people – those that can earn the trust of our customers and who pride themselves on going the extra mile. We also have a wide range of exciting business support roles.
  • To find out whether telent is the right place for you, read more about the rewards and benefits of working for us, as well as our can-do, hands-on company culture and friendly work environment, and prospects for career development and training.
http www ibm com uk en
  • IT Apprenticeships at IBM are all about picking up new skills – and lots of them. It’s three year’s of brilliant training, loads of exposure and the kind of experience you simply couldn’t get anywhere else. If you’ve decided to dive straight into the world of work after college – and if you’re as fascinated as we are by technology and how it can change business – it’s one of the best learning experiences out there. What makes the scheme so great?
  • You’ll gain a great qualification: the Advanced Apprenticeship for IT Professionals.
  • You’ll be part of one of the world’s leading technology companies – and have one of the world’s most recognisable brands on your CV.
  • You’ll learn from some seriously sharp people – people who’ve pushed technology to its limits and used it to do some amazing things, like combating climate change or bringing clean water to the third world.
  • You’ll work with some great clients, too – big names in virtually every industry you could think of.
  • Do you have A Levels, then the Higher Apprentice programme can accelerate your career prospects.
  • Are you... 
  • Interested in working with technology to better business?
  • An excellent communicator?
  • Forever curious and continuously looking to learn new things?
  • An analytical thinker and problem-solver?
  • Attracted to multicultural, team-based environments?
  • Flexible, open-minded and enthusiastic
http www macegroup com
  • Apprenticeship Programmes
  • Mace’s Construction TrainingProgramme is an advanced and higher level apprenticeship scheme designed specifically for school/college leavers who want to start earning and gaining real working experience in the construction industry.
  • The four year programme sponsors apprentices studying on day-release towards a Level 3 or HNC construction qualification. Trainees work on site with Mace managers and subcontractors to develop trade and technical skills. Technical education and experience is further supported by a programme of in-house training, mentoring and site visits. "After my A-Levels I knew the workplace was for me. I didn’t want to limit myself to just full-time work and no study, so the Mace Construction Training Programme seemed the ideal opportunity allowing me to gain the experience and necessary construction qualifications. Mace’s high standards and will to succeed continues to challenge and obtain the best out of me." Aaron Higginson, Construction Trainee, London
  • "Construction is the UK's largest industry, and we need a skilled and qualified workforce. Mace tackles this by engaging with schools, colleges and universities directly to ensure students of all ages fully understand the range of careers on offer." Tony Blackledge, Operations Director, London
  • Mace’s Construction Training Programme starts in September of each year. The minimum criteria are:
  • An enthusiasm to pursue a long-term career in Construction Management.
  • A minimum of 3 A Levels and/or a construction-related Level 2 BTEC/NVQ qualification (or equivalent).
  • 5 GCSEs grade C or above including Mathematics and English

Professional Services Higher Apprenticeship

  • 14% of UK workforce employed in Professional Services
  • Route into Audit, Management Consultancy & Tax
  • Audit route: ICAEW Certificate in Finance and Business qualification alongside Apprenticeship.
  • Tax: Association of Tax Technicians qualification
  • Available from Autumn 2013

Supporting your application

  • Several areas of interest in which you can demonstrate your achievements (for example sports, organising a significant event, Duke of Edinburgh Award, languages, charity work etc. Young Enterprise)
  • Part time employment
  • UK Student Careers - Employability

Sponsored Degrees

Partnership between Company and University – either fees paid in full or contribution towards fees plus placement opportunities

National Grid – contribution towards fees in partnership with 7 universities

JCB – Foundation Degrees (and higher apprenticeship opportunities)

Rolls Royce – Masters in Engineering Business Management, Warwick University

KPMG – Accounting degree, - Birmingham Durham or Exter

Morrisons – BSc Management & Business – Bradford University

Logica – Business Management or Business Management with IT

The Environment Agency – River & Coastal Engineering Fnd. Degree - UWE

Asda – Retail/Business Management

Tesco – Commercial Development & Stores Development Programmes

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