For high achievers there are now great alternatives to following the well-trodden path of a university degree  –  particularly, though not exclusively, for those with an interest in engineering, science and technology. Here are just some examples of high-quality apprenticeships on offer from major employers:

Virgin Media:   IT

Rolls Royce:   Engineering, Accounting

National Health Service:   wide range – see web site

National Grid:   Engineering

EDF Energy:   Engineering, Business

SSE:   Power Station Operations, Gas Service and Gas Installation, Mechanical and Electrical Contracting

Sellafield:   electrical/mechanical Engineering Design

Royal Air Force:   wide range – see web site

Barclays Bank   finance & administration

BBC:   IT, Electronics

Kwik-Fit:   Engineering

Siemens:   Engineering & Technology

Glaxosmithkline:   Supply Chain, Art & Design, Engineering, IT, Lab work

Tata Steel:   Engineering

Quinetiq:   Engineering, Facilities Management

Bentley:   Engineering, Commercial

Honda:   Engineering

Audi:   Technicians, Paint & Body, Parts

Nestle:   Engineering, HR, Supply Chain and General Management

Network Rail:   Engineering

Below are some other well-regarded apprenticeship companies listed by region.  Type their names into a search engine to find their web site.

South West

Serco UK Europe

Pendennis Shipyard


North Somerset Council

Puffins of Exeter

Blue Flame

Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning

David Youll Hair and Beauty

Cornwall Foundation of Promise

South Coast

TEC Group International Recruitment

Royal Navy


University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Damovo UK


BAM Nuttall

Berthon Boat Company




Thames Valley

EDF Energy, Nuclear Generation



DAF Trucks

MAN Truck Bus UK


The Style Guru

Power Logistics

Resource Productions

London & the South East



IBM UK Limited

Ford Motor Company

Neopost Limited

Morleys Stores Ltd



Vertical Systems


EM Electronics

I Persona HR

Central and Eastern

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Norfolk

Waveney FCO Services

TMJ Interiors

AM Blatch Electrical Contractor


Alan Hair Designs

Yorkshire and the Humber

Wm Morrison Supermarkets

Doncaster Council

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Tata Steel

North York Moors National Park Authority

Dale Power Solutions

Matthews Brand Solutions UK

 West Midlands

Sanctuary Group

Coventry City Council

WM Housing Group

Hendra Healthcare Ludlow

Belgrade Theatre

Pailton Engineering

John Cliff Building Services

Joseph’s Hair Team

North West

Cumbria County Council

Unilever UK


Hycrome (Europe)

Forth Engineering – Cumbria

Goodteeth Dental Surgeries

 North East

Cleveland Borough Council

Northumberland County Council


Caterpillar Peterlee

Hays Travel

Sembcorp Utilities (UK) Limited

Dale Valley Homes

Pearson Engineering Services

TW Plumbing Heating

Love Food


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