Well, National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers are upon us, (I know, where is the year going?) and as well as our online workshops with Lloyds Banking Group and Kennedys Law LLP, we wanted to offer your and your students a list of some of the most fantastic opportunities out there right now. We’ve teamed up with notgoingtouni.co.uk who have a wealth of information for students who are considering what they want to do after they leave school. We’ve scoured through their extensive list of vacancies to find the companies with a diverse range of opportunities as well as ones that we think are the most exciting. So, without further ado, and as ever, in no particular order:
SSE: SSE is a British energy company headquartered in Scotland. They are involved in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity, in the the production, storage, distribution and supply of gas and in other energy related services. They are the only company listed on the London Stock Exchange that is involved in such a wide range of energy businesses. SSE offer three fantastic programmes for those who are looking to go straight into the workplace as opposed to university. Boasting a competitive salary, professional qualifications and company benefits, they are fantastic opportunities for any student wishing to get ahead on the career ladder.
EY: As one of the world’s largest multinational professional services organisations, an apprenticeship at EY is a fantastic start to any career. Currently, they have Apprenticeships available in four areas of the business: Tax, Assurance, Transactions or Consulting. The programme offers a competitive salary of up to £21,500 and benefits, professional qualifications and on the job training, learning and development from day one. Find out more here.
BT: BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies, serving the needs of customers in the UK and across the world, where we provide fixed-line services, broadband, mobile and TV products and services as well as networked IT services. An apprenticeship with BT will allow you to develop valuable skills, take on real responsibilities, gain new knowledge, achieve recognised qualifications and make a genuine impact – all while earning a salary and receiving great benefits. They’ve currently got 10 fantastic vacancies available:
GSK: GSK are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. Currently expanding into emerging markets, including those in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. As an employer of over 100,000 people in over 115 countries, they are a fantastic organisation to work to kick-start a career. Currently, they’ve got 7 openings in various areas of their business:
IBM: IBM are at the forefront of technology, creating innovative solutions and products that have helped change the world in which we live. From helping doctors develop personlised, more effective treatments for cancer, improving energy production, easing traffic congestion or finding smarter ways to manage the world’s water supply, IBM really does offer a varied and interesting place to work, and a super place to start a career. They are currently taking applications for the following:
Morrisons: Morrisons are a fantastic retail organisation with some equally fantastic opportunities for both school leavers or graduates. Uniquely, and unlike their competitors, Morrisons own most of their own supply chain - meaning they food makers and shop keepers. Interesting, huh? We’ve already mentioned their opportunities in a couple of our newsletters, but if you didn’t already know, the deadline has been extended. Make sure they don’t miss out this time!
Unilever: Unilever are a global business with some well known brands under their umbrella. Persil, Dove, Magnum, Flora, Marmite and Lynx are just a few of them. You can find them in nine out of ten UK homes. Every day, 2.5 billion people use Unilever products! They currently have 22 different vacancies available across the country in one of three areas: Business & Technology, Research & Development and Supply Chain & Engineering. I am not going to list their opportunities extensively in this article (as they can be found here) but these are a few examples of what’s on offer.
Mercedes-Benz: Another household name and one that will surely entice your students. They are looking for rising stars to help drive the future of the automobile industry. They need individuals with an eye for detail and a curiosity for learning how things work. Currently, Mercedes Benz have three apprenticeships on offer available across the country:
Deloitte: The Deloitte BrightStart scheme is open to students who are keen to take a leap into the world of professional service. Another opportunity to earn-while-you-learn at one of the world’s largest organisations. The day-to-day role depends on the area you choose, but there’s no doubt there’s some exciting projects to work on and some real impact to be made. There’s roles available in the following areas:
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NATS: National Air Traffic Services is the main Air Navigation Service Provider in the UK. Every day, they provide safe and efficient air traffic services to the UK and international airports, airlines and governments. They are currently recruiting in Hampshire for:
Magnesium Elektron: Magnesium Elektron is part of the Luxfer Group which specialise in the design, manufacture and supply of high performance materials to technology industries worldwide. They currently have two degree apprenticeship vacancies available with Sheffield Hallam University:
Thames Water: Are now taking applications for their engineering apprenticeships schemes. Tasked with ensuring that 15 million people across London and the Thames Valley have access to clean water and waste services is a big job. They’re recruiting now for their workforce of the future and offering a competitive salary, four-year training and the opportunity to get a dual qualification.
Balfour Beatty: Balfour Beatty are the UK’s leading construction, investments and infrastructure business. They are behind some of the UK’s largest projects - Olympics Aquatic Centre, Blackfriars Rail Station, Renewable Energy Products - and are searching for some of the best school leavers to join their ever changing business. They have so many different roles on offer, I won’t list them all here, but here are just a few to whet your students’ appetites!
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Ocean Elements: Keen to work abroad or explore the world whilst getting paid? This could be the company for you! Ocean Elements have a number of positions available in their three resorts in Greece. Again, they have plenty on offer, so I’m not going to list them all, you can find the full list of opportunities here.
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Kennedys Law LLP: Kennedys is a growing international law firm with offices and associates across the globe. Established in 1899, they are now the 30th biggest law firm in the UK by turnover. Kennedys are a major supporter of traineeships and apprenticeships and are proud to be a government accredited trailblazer organisation and shortlisted in the Top 50 of the Top Apprenticeship Careers 2015. Over 23% of Kennedys partners started their life in law as a trainee!
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution: A career with a difference! The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity that provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service, seasonal lifeguards, water safety education and initiatives, and flood rescue response. The lifeboat crews and lifeguards need a dedicated, professional and talented team behind them and they need people to join their team to help save lives every day.
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HS2: HS2 will be the nation’s new high-speed rail network, connecting North and South. Joining HS2 is an opportunity to help make one of the biggest, most complex and ambitious projects happen. Only available in Birmingham or London, but they have some brilliant opportunities nonetheless:
RAF: Today’s modern Royal Air Force is the UK’s aerial, peacekeeping and fighting force. It’s made up of impressive full-time Regulars and spare-time Reserves who come from diverse backgrounds and work side-by-side to make a difference at home and abroad. When it comes to recruitment our focus is attracting the best personnel, and ensuring they’re well taken care of during and after their service in the RAF. Regardless of role, gender, age, background or qualifications, they have over 15 apprenticeship careers on offer. Check out just a few below:
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Lloyds Banking Group: Lloyds Banking Group offer some fantastic opportunities for school leavers no matter what level or ability. From apprenticeships to sponsored degree and graduate programmes, there’s something for everyone across every area of the business. A career with Lloyds Banking Group allows you to discover unknown talent and go from education to a career in just one step. They have a range of opportunities available across every area of the business…
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Heathrow Academy: Heathrow Airport is one of the largest, single site employers in the UK employing over 76,500 people in over 400 businesses - meaning there is probably a career in there for most people! Heathrow Academy was set up by the airport to help businesses recruit and train their colleagues to deliver excellent customer service and ultimately make every journey a good one. They too have a vast array of vacancies available, but here’s just a few of them…
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Henderson Global Investors: A leading independent asset management firm based in the UK. This organisation provides its institutional, retail and high net-worth clients with access to skilled investment professionals representing a broad range of asset classes, including equities, fixed income, and private capital. They have just one role available in London, but it’s certainly a great step on the career ladder for someone looking to kick-start a career in IT:
Santander: An amazing opportunity to join one of the world’s most successful financial groups. They offer industry-recognised qualifications and hands on experience to those looking to jump-start their career:
Frontier: Perhaps it’s not yet time to jump right into a career, but rather travel the world, explore its possibilities? Frontier are one of the UK’s largest gap year and volunteering organisations and are always looking for young people to join them on their projects. From scuba diving in Fiji to working on a conservation project in Madagascar, there is something for everyone. So, what are you waiting for?