10 apprenticeships to launch your career

10 apprenticeships to launch your career_300Get a taste of some of the schemes on offer and see where an apprenticeship could take you…

1. Are you a digital native? Creative Pioneers offers level 3 and 4 apprenticeships at 50 top advertising, creative and digital media businesses.  Backed by the Metro newspaper and trade body the IPA, the scheme is open to school leavers with qualifications no higher than A-level or equivalent. Applications for 2014 close on 31 March.

2. Shredded Wheat, Nescafe, Kitkat… as well as helping you start your day, the world’s largest food manufacturer could also help you start your career.  With opportunities across the country, choose from Nestlé apprenticeships in areas such as engineeringHRsupply chain and general management. And its current HR director started as an apprentice, so it really can be a route to the top.

3. Why not look locally? Many councils and local authorities now run their own apprenticeship schemes in areas such as customer service, youth work, marketing, civil engineering, business administration, and IT.  You usually need to live in the area to apply, so check out what your local council has to offer.  Get a taste of what’s available from Southwark, Kent or Cumbria.

4. Are you passionate about TV, phones and the web? Virgin Media engineering apprentices learn how to install, fix and upgrade their technology and services and how to look after the customers who use them.  Apprenticeships are offered at three levels – intermediate, advanced and higher.

5. Fancy a career in government? The civil service is one of the largest employers in the UK. It helps the government to think through  ideas and make them happen and also provides a range of public services. The fast track level 5 higher apprenticeship is open to non-graduates aged 18-21. Applications for the 2014 scheme have now closed, so keep an eye out for future opportunities.

6. Love coffee? Starbucks offer apprenticeships in selected stores including level 2 apprenticeships in barista mastery and customer service, which offer the opportunity to progress to supervisor level, and a level 3 apprenticeship in leadership and management. Learning the art of the perfect cappuccino could well lead to a life-long career…

7. Balfour Beatty is a global infrastructure company – think road and rail; airports, seaports, tunnels and bridges; heat, light, power and water; and buried pipes and pumps. It offers intermediate, higher and advanced apprenticeships, in trades such as carpentry, plumbing or street lighting, as well as civil engineering, environment and business, and in some cases offers the potential to carry on your studies to Higher National Certificate (HNC) and degree level.

8. Professional services firm PwC provides business advice, accounting and tax advice to businesses. Its professional services higher apprenticeship currently covers jobs in audit (helping companies with their accounts or analysing financial results), tax (advising businesses on how to be tax efficient or completing their tax returns) and management consultancy (helping companies reduce costs or reorganise to be more effective or innovative).

9. Apprenticeships offer routes to a range of careers in the NHS, and are offered by NHS trusts and health authorities as well as other companies and organisations. These can cover apprenticeships in health and care, such as dental nursing, physiotherapy assistants and pharmacy technicians, as well as those in support services such as painting and decorating, building services and catering.

10. Interested in IT? Consulting, technology and outsourcing firm Capgemini‘s 12-month advanced apprenticeship offers opportunities in IT and project management and its 5-year sponsored degree higher apprentice combines work experience with a permanent job, leading to a degree in computing and IT practice.


For full details about apprenticeships, visit the National Apprenticeship Service.

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