Study, Work & Sponsorship Options

There are a number of university course options whereby you combine studying for a degree whilst working for a particular company or even get sponsored through university. If you know what career you wish to pursue, these are an attractive option as they provide funding for your degree, work experience, often an ongoing salary and a guaranteed graduate role at the end. If you are concerned about student debt this maybe an option you wish to consider. Also, you will find them less competitive at this early stage to get into to, compared to obtaining a gradute role with the same employer after your degree, when the competition will be alot tougher. 

Take a look at the following:

Banking: Barclays Higher Apprenticeship Degree Programme

barclaysBarclays Higher Apprenticeship Degree Programme : they offer a Higher Apprenticeship in leadership and management. This is a 3 year programme and you will gain a BA in Leadership and magaement at the end. You require 200 UCAS points in A-Level or equivalent, in any subject, either achieved or predicted or a minimum of at least 18 months’ work experience. In your first year, alongside your university studies, you’ll take on a series of front-line roles in areas such as customer service or financial control. From here, you’ll move into an Assistant Management role, where you’ll get your first taste of leadership. By your third year, you’ll be ready to lead a team of up to 15 people.

Throughout the three years, you’ll study for a BA (Hons) in Management and Leadership – a qualification designed in partnership with the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. Barclays will provide 100% of the funding for your studies, and your tutors and academic mentors will provide support from start to finish. You’ll also complete a range of work placements, chosen to give you the broadest skills and experience possible

Banking: Lloyds Banking Group: Scholars Programme

LBG LogoThe Lloyds Banking Group offers a scholars programme which is a social mobility progarmme run in conjunction with leading UK universities, offered to students from lower income households. It comprises a a complete package of financial support, paid internships, a business mentor and the opportunity to develop your employability skills. You are eligible to apply if you have a household income of less than £25,000 per annum and are due to start as a first year in one the following 8 universities: Oxford, UCL, Warwick, Edinburgh, Bristol, Bath, Birmingham and Sheffield. You will have a support package that consists of:

  • Bursaries to help with living costs and study materials.
  • Performance-related cash awards for good grades.
  • Real, hands-on work experience on up to two paid summer internships.
  • Access to advice and support from a dedicated mentor.
  • The opportunity to build relationships with future employers.
  • End of course excellence awards for top scholars.
  • A chance to learn valuable transferable skills and boost your employability through lectures, workshops and events run by Lloyds Banking Group.
The application process consists of an online application followed by online tests, a telephone interview and then an assessment centre.

Careers at Sea: Merchant Navy

careersatseaThe Merchant Navy is the name given to the UK's commercial shipping industry. It is made up of shipping companies that own and manage a wide range of different types and sizes of ships. To become a merchant seafarer in the UK you need to undergo specialist training to achieve professional seafaring certification and educational qualifications. This takes place at sea, on board shipping companies' vessels, and in specialist colleges and universities throughout the UK. All programmes are sponsored, with course fees paid, living costs and other allowances provided.

The main jobs include:
  • Officers: Navigations (deck), engineering and electro technical officers
  • Ratings: support staff who assist officers
  • Hotel & Catering, Hospitality & Support Services. On passenger ferries, cruise liners and super yachts. 
There are also other opportunities ashore. Many shipping companies manage their own ships and control all aspects of ship operations. There are also ship management companies that look after ships on behalf of the owners and carry out all of the management and control functions for them. Ship management activities cover: fleet op[erations, logistics, general operations, marine operations and engineering operations. 

The main entry route for Officer Training is the 3 year Foundation Degree-based programme (or Professional Diploma in Scotland), which is 'A' level /Highers entry and requires 120 UCAS points in unspecified 'A' levels/Highers. You will also be expected to have good grades in GCSE or Standard grades English, Maths, Physics/Combined Science. However there is also the HNC/HND route which requires GCSE Grades A-C/Scottish Standard grades at levels 1-3 in English, Maths, a Science based subject and at least one other subject.

You apply direct to the companies, who sponsor Trainee Officers for the duration of the training course. These include shipping companies, training organsations and scholarship organisations. For a list of sponsoring companies to apply to go to the sponsoring companies page. You can apply at any point throughout the year and there are usually two intakes a year, usually between August and January.

Civil Engineering: ICE Quest Scholarships

ICEThe Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) have a scholarship programme for undergraduates called Quest. QUEST offers scholarships of up to £2,500 per year to students about to start an ICE accredited civil engineering degree in the UK. The majority of scholarships are sponsored by civil engineering and construction companies, QUEST scholars are matched with a company, who they work with during the summer holidays, under the expectation that after graduation they’ll join them full time.

The scholarship is well known and respected within the civil engineering industry and offers great opportunities to top civil engineering students including:
  • Financial support of £2,500 each year
  • Paid work placements every summer
  • Potential full time employment with a leading civil engineering or construction company after graduation
  • Gaining knowledge and experience that will give you a head start in becoming a professionally qualified civil engineer
  • Developing skills that enhance your career potential and CV

The following companies currently sponsor QUEST scholarships:
AECOM, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, Buro Happold, Costain, EM Highway Services, Farrans Construction, Galliford Try, Graham, Interserve Construction, John Sisk & Son, Lagan Construction, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall, Morgan Sindall Professional Services, Mott MacDonald, Network Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Peter Brett Associates, Skanska, Taylor Woodrow/VINCI Construction, Tony Gee & Partners, Topcon, WSP Group.

Every year some but not all of these companies sponsor scholarships. Applicants who are invited to the QUEST interview day are told which of the companies are offering sponsorship that year.

Your commitment
QUEST scholars are expected to work for a minimum of 8 weeks with their sponsor company each year during the summer holidays. Sponsor companies invest significant amounts of time, money and expertise in scholars, who are expected to join their sponsor company after graduation. Scholars who do not join their sponsor company may be required to return some of the sponsorship money.

Construction: BAM Day-Release Trainee Scheme

bamlogoBAM  specialise in construction, property development, design, services engineering, facilities management and plant hire. BAM operates day-release schemes with educational institutions throughout the UK. Typically you are a recent school / college leaver with a strong academic track record. You'll take part in a structured training programme while continuing your university or college course on a day-release basis. The programme is designed to give you a broad appreciation of the whole construction process. BAM will pay your university fees and pay you a salary.  You need to apply online. BAM are looking for motivated and ambitious individuals who are either studying for or planning to study for a construction–related qualification. They also consider graduates from a non– cognate background with transferable skills.

Construction: Barrett Foundation Degree Programme

barrattBarrett is one of Britain’s largest and best known homebuilders. They have collaborated with Sheffield Hallam University to offer a bespoke Foundation Degree which provides the opportunity for you to develop the qualities and skills you’ll need for a career in the house-building industry. You’ll join as Trainee Assistant Site Manager, giving you hands-on experience from day one. You’ll attend 4 x 1-week teaching blocks at Sheffield Hallam University each year; achieving the CIOB accredited Foundation Degree after three years, with the option to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) Degree in Construction over a further 18 months. The programme starts with an induction in November each year, with teaching at Sheffield Hallam commencing in January.

The course focuses on the principles of house-building; skills and knowledge of residential construction techniques and their practical use including the legal and contractual areas of construction which are further developed in the work place, enabling you to gain a sound technical and academic education to further your career in the housebuilding industry. Key features include:
  • Payment of tuition fees
  • Tailored teaching to compliment workplace learning
  • 4 x 1-week release from site for block teaching each year
  • A Barratt mentor
  • £competitive salaries plus additional incentives and generous benefits (including discounted house buying).
Alongside the CIOB accredited Foundation Degree, you’ll take up the role of Trainee Assistant Site Manager where you’ll develop an ability to co-ordinate trades, direct labour and materials in order to meet a highly challenging schedule on time, and within budget. After the first two years you will be appointed as an Assistant Site Manager, assuming you are performing well. As well as the hands on experience that you’ll gain in your role as Trainee Assistant Site Manager you’ll also undertake mini-rotations in the following departments; Technical, Surveying and Buying.

In order to qualify, you will typically need one A-level and four GCSE Grade C or above including Maths and English, or one of the following:

• BTEC national certificate or diploma in building, construction or civil engineering
• Advanced diploma in construction or built environment
• Other access or foundation course qualifications

Construction: Costain Sponsored Student


Costain offer a sponsored student prgramme. It includes a bursary payment for each academic year of study, support with your dissertation and a graduate offer pending good performance. They offer sponsored student placements – both summer placements and longer-term industrial placements as part of the Programme. The summer work placements last between 8-12 weeks. During your industrial placement period (6 -12 months), you’ll have a chance to work across a range of exciting projects across the UK. All placements are paid on a monthly basis and you may receive additional support for relocation.

Construction: Inspire Scholarship Scheme

Inspire ConstructiveThe Inspire Scholarship Scheme is a scheme for undergraduates who wish to work in the contracting sector. Those that are successful are sponsored £1000 per annum for up to 3 years and can expect to work with their sponsoring employer every summer.

Year 13 students should express their interest through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will then receive an e-mailed application form. For further information see The following employers participate in the scheme:
  • Bornville Village Trust
  • D-Drill Master Drillers
  • Fox Ownby Ltd
  • Grainger Building Services Ltd
  • Lovell
  • Morrison Facility Services
  • Pegasus Facility Services
  • Rafferty Chimneys Engineering Ltd
  • Relmfield Builders Ltd
  • Safe T Reach Access Platforms
  • Sir Robert Alpine Ltd
  • W.B. Simpsons (Midlands) Ltd


Construction: Kier Foundation Degree Programme

kierKier is a leading construction, development and building company. The Kier Foundation Degree Programme is a partnership between Kier and Sheffield Hallam University. You'll attend four one-week blocks of residential study at Sheffield Hallam University, and consolidate this with work-based learning assignments. if you enjoy your studies and finish the course with flying colours they'll encourage you to go on for a further 18 months to complete a BSc Honours degree. Both programmes are CIOB and RICS accredited, leading you on to professional membership as your career progresses.

The programme is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in areas that will help you get the most out of your career with Kier. As well as construction specific modules, you'll work on building capabilities in communication, problem-solving, team working and project management.

The study is divided into 4 one-week blocks of residential study at Oxford Brookes University and then you will return to Kier for an assignment-based valuation. 

Construction: Sir Robert McAlpine Sponsorship

Sir Robert AlpineSir Robert McAlpine offer a sponsorship to students for degree courses in the built environment. Candidates who already have a strong academic base and who demonstrate this potential will be offered financial and technical support during their studies, as well as vacation/IT employment. Upon graduation,  sponsored students join the company and enrol on a professional development schemea leading to membership of a professional body.

They offer a bursary of £1,500 per annum for a first year student rising £100 per annum to a maximum of £1,800 for a fourth year student or above. You will also be offered a period of summer vacation employment of at least eight consecutive weeks.. If industrial training is part of a student’s degree course they will place the student for the required duration.

Construction: Vinci Sponsorship

vinciVinci offer sponsorship to successful students studying a recognised construction related degree course at leading universities. You will gain valuable work experience. With the added benefit of financial support, mentoring and networking opportunities. 

What they look for in students above and beyond your academic achievements, is a flexible, team-based approach and the ability to form strong links with a wide variety of people.

Credit Rating: Experian Sponsored Degree Programme

experianExperian is a credit rating company. You will study for a BA (Hons) degree in Management & Leadership at Nottingham Trent University. In addition you will get to work at Experian, a Global FTSE 100 company.
There are 15 vacancies on the programme.

What's involved?

  • You’ll work for Experian as a full time salaried employee
  • You’ll study for a full time honours degree with Nottingham Trent University
  • You’ll work in a real job that could include Human Resources, Marketing, Sales or Operations
  • You’ll gain work experience working for one of the UK’s largest companies
  • Content of the degree will include the study of business-related modules over the three years
  • Study will be completed through study blocks at the university and distance learning
  • You will gain tuition assistance from the university and support from your employer
Academically, you’ll need:
  • 300 UCAS points (BBB or equivalent) or a BTEC National Diploma with Distinction Profile.
  • At least a C-grade in both GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent).
  • A Maths or science A level would be an advantage but not essential


Engineering: Airbus Undergraduate Apprenticeship

airbusAirbus offers a three year undergraduate apprenticeship which combines vocational nd academic training with on the job experience. You will attend on of their partner universities to study for your BEng honours degree. You need 300 UCAS points and two A Levels grade B and above in Maths and Physics. GCSes in Maths, English and Science (one of which must be Physics). You will be paid £13,498 per annum and your tuition fees will be paid for. The training Centres are located in Broughton (South Wales) or Filton (Bristol) as are the partnership colleges and universities. Applications accepted up to mid April.

Engineering: BBC Engineering Sponsored Degree

bbc BBC offers a sponsored engineering degree programme.  It is 3 years in length and you will be paid an annual salary during this period as well as all tuition fees    being met by the BBC. You will work towards a BEng (Hons) degree in Broadcast Engineering taught and accredited by a UK University. 

 The BBC has been leading this sponsored degree to deliver the best Engineering Talent into the BBC as well as   across the UK Media Industry. They have worked  with Creative Skillset and UK universities such as Birmingham City University to develop this BEng degree   programme that has been designed by the industry. They  have a steering group chaired by the University of Salford and made up of the BBC, ITV, Babcock,    Atos, Arqiva, BT Media & Broadcast and International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) – you will be working with the best in the industry. Jointly   the steering group members ensure the scheme will continually deliver future talent for the industry.

About the Scheme
The scheme is managed and run by the BBC Academy with a dedicated Programme Manager and Coordinator. As part of this innovative Apprenticeship, you will study for an honours bachelor’s degree, with tailored courses in:
  • Computer networks, networking and IP distribution
  • Electrics, electronics, power and transmission
  • Software programming, computer graphics and databases
  • Audio and video signals and systems, processing and encoding
This will give you a world-class foundation in the theory of broadcast engineering.

You will have a main BBC base, but you will spend periods away on study or work placements. Through a series of academic modules and industrial experience you will build the knowledge required a broadcast engineer. You’ll develop an excellent theoretical and practical understanding of operational and technical systems and equipment and their use in the fast-moving broadcasting industry. To start with you may be based in technical support teams, working on shift with teams responsible for fixing and maintaining studios and equipment. By the end of three years you may be working on projects.

What are the entry requirements?

  • 300 UCAS points 
  • An A level (B grade or higher) or BTEC (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (i.e maths or another science) however, relevant experience may also be considered
  • A passion to understand how things work and solving problems and you’ll need to have done something that demonstrates your interest in technology
Where will it lead?
There is a wealth of opportunity for you in Broadcasting, some of the roles you could transition to after you complete the scheme could be:
  • Broadcast Engineer                                                                    
  • Project Manager
  • Junior TV Technologist                                                                  
  • Junior Radio Technologist
  • Systems Specialist                                                                          
  • Editing Support Specialist
  • On-Air Graphics Engineering Specialist                                  
  • Newsgathering Technologist
  • Spectrum Planner                                                                           
  • Outside Broadcast Engineer
  • Distribution Specialist                                                                    
  • Production Systems Engineer
  • Junior API Platform Developer                                                  
  • Database Systems Specialist

Engineering: Dyson Institute of Technology

dysonDyson offer a combination of working within product development whilst also studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from WMG at the University of Warwick. Teaching will be predominantly delivered on the Dyson campus, by professors from the University of Warwick and Dyson's engineers. Dyson HQ is based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

In your first two years, you'll study general engineering modules. Assessment will be through exams and live Dyson projects. Across years three and four, you will have the option to specialise in either Mechanical Engineering, Electronics or a combination of Mechanical Engineering and Electronics. The assessment emphasis will then shift to more vocational assignments and projects. Your tuition fees will be entirely funded by Dyson - you'll graduate debt-free.

The role
You will work at the Dyson Institute of Technology, as a Dyson engineer on projects with real responsibilities. You’ll learn about engineering through hands-on experience and work alongside a team of Dyson technology experts. You’ll earn a competitive salary over the four-year programme.

Entry requirements
Dyson is a high-pressure environment, so they are looking for engineers with dedication and huge potential. You will need at least AAB at A Level or equivalent (340 UCAS points), including an A grade in both Mathematics and at least one other Science, Technology or Engineering-related subject.

Engineering: Institution of Engineering & Technology: Power Academy Scolarships

ietICT Power Academy offers engineering scholarships to undergraduates students in electrical and power engineering at leading UK universities. There are anumber of scholarships awarded each year to students at participating universities. Firms participating include Costain, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Scottish Powers, London Underground and National Grid. You will be privided annual sponsorship as well as annual work experience. 

Who can apply?

Students undertaking the relevant degree at either BEng or MEng level and are on course to achieve 2:1. You can be in any year of study when applying. If you are in your first year then your previous academic achievements will be taken into account.

Engineering:Jaguar Land Rover Sponsorship scheme

JaguarJaguar Land Rover offer sponsorship schemes for Systems Integration/Electronic/Electrical/Computer & Software Engineering students. You will be working on real projects from initial design to production. You can take your summer and Industrial Placement with Jaguar. Acquiring experience in the diverse operation, you could find yourself working in specialist engineering fields ranging from infotainment and Powertrain Control to Electrical Distribution and Body Electronics.

They also have a women in engineering sponsorship scheme - this training scheme has been designed to support ambitious women engineers who want to make an impression whilst studying for their degree. 

Engineering: National Grid Engineering Trainee Programmes

nationalgridNational Grids' Engineering Trainee Progrmmes are three-year development programmes which benefit from a mix of practical work and academic study as you achieve a Foundation Degree. You can work and study towards a range on engineering degrees - including mechanical, electrical and power. You will earn as you learn, combining formal study at university as well as practical hands on wor. starting salaries are in the region of £24,000. 

To apply you need at least 2 A Levels grades A*- C in maths, physics or engineering. Positions exist throughout the UK. 

Engineering: Rolls Royce Sponsored Degree

rollsroyceRolls Royce offers a manufacturing management sponsored degree. As part of your programme, you'll earn a Master’s degree in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick, paid for by Rolls Royce. It will involve residential modules and written and work-based assignments, and you'll study part time alongside your work. It’s not an accelerated route to MEng, BEng or CEng, although they do expect you to complete your degree in around four or five years.

You'll also take on placements in different areas of the company, which typically last six months each. These will give you vital skills in areas like forecasting, production planning, supply chain design and management, as well as the management and development of manufacturing, assembly and repair processes and resources. Rolls Royce is based in Derby.

All tuition fees as well as a salary will be paid by Rolls Royce. Application is directly with them not through UCAS.

You will need A Levels A* to B grades (achieved or expected), one of which to include Maths, Physics; and/or a Science/numerate subject plus any 1 other.

Engineering: UK Electronics Skills Foundation Scholarship Scheme

UK Electronics Skills FoundationThe UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) connects the most capable Electronics students at top UK universities with leading employers through the UKESF Scholarship Scheme.

What makes a UKESF Scholarship different?
  • Ability to apply to up to 4 leading Electronics companies through one application form
  • Development of professional skills and employability training
  • Chance to make a difference in the Electronics sector through educational activities

What are the benefits of a UKESF Scholarship?
  • An annual bursary
  • Paid summer work placements
  • Mentorship from your sponsoring company
  • A paid for place at residential UKESF Scholar Workshop
  • Opportunities to network and build professional relationships
Am I eligible for a UKESF Scholarship?
  • Be registered on a MEng or BEng degree at one of our partner universities on a course with a significant Electronics element
  • Qualify as a UK or EU student for your tuition fees, or are a British National, with a permanent right to work in the UK upon graduation
  • Be in any year of degree except final year, with an overall average of 60%

Find out more and apply on the UKESF website.

Missiles: MBDA Higher Business Trainee Programme

mbdaMBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems and has industrial facilities across Europe. It offers a Business Trainee Programme. This combines work and study for a degree in Business Studies either at Bolton University or University of Hertfordshire on a day relaese basis. You will receive an annual salary and benefits and 50% of your university fees will be paid for. This is a four-year scheme where you will undertake 3-9 month placements in Procurement, Supply Chain, UK & Export Contracts and Business Forecasting & Pricing. They are open for applications from March to May. You need 300 UCAS points to apply.

Professional Services: Cap Gemini

capgeminilogoThe Cap Gemini Higher Apprentice Sponsored Degree Programme offers the opportunity to study part-time for a BSc in Software Engineering or Business Information Systems ( from Aston University) and several professional qualifications. It is a 5 year study and work programme, where you will study part time and develop a thorough grounding in software engineering, work on client projects and develop skills in environments such as; Drupal/PHP, Microsoft and Java and work with cloud computing and software as a service. You will earn a salary and have all your tuition fees paid for. After 5 years, your salary will equal that of a graduate entrant. There are vacancies in a number of locations across the UK. To be eligible you need 240 UCAS points, CCC. Preference in given to candidates with good grades in STEM subjects. You also needs 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. Other attributes include:

·      demonstrable passion and capability in software development (e.g. you might have designed a website or a game)

·      high analytical capability

·      good oral and written communication

·      good interpersonal skills

·      self-motivation

·      ability to work well as part of a team

·      ability and willingness to travel to different offices and client sites after your first 3 months. These include London, Birmingham and Liverpool.

Professional Services: EY Scholarship

eylogoEY offer a Scholarship for those studying accounting and finance at university. You’ll benefit from paid work placements, work towards a professional qualification and enjoy £15,000 in scholarship payments during your degree.

How it works
The EY Scholarship lasts four years. It includes a paid 4 week Summer Placement in the practice after your first year at university, and a paid, year-long industrial placement at an EY office during year three. If you do well on your course and in the EY placements, you could be offered a full-time job when you graduate.

Partner Universities

The EY Scholarship is open to students who have accepted an offer to study BSc Accounting & Finance at the following Universities:
Entry requirements
  • An offer of a place to study Accounting and Finance at one of the partner universities.

Professional Services: PWC Flying Start Degree Programmes

pwcPWCs' Flying Start Degree Programme may be for you if you’ve decided on university and an accountancy career. You’ll qualify as a Chartered Accountant about a year after you graduate. The Flying Start degree is a four-year programme that will give you the benefit of going to university & getting paid work experience. Built into the programme, are paid work placements in PwC’s Assurance practice, so you get to apply the technical theory you’ve learned in the workplace.

There are 3 universities that PWC have partnered with:
  • Henley Business School at the University of Reading: four year BA (Hons) Accounting & Business (UCAS code NN41) degree
  • Nottingham University Business School: BA honours in Accounting and Business
  • Newcastle University: four-year BA (Honours) Business Accounting and Finance degree (UCAS Code NN14)
You’ll need at least AAB grades from three A-levels or equivalent (excluding General Studies), an A in GCSE maths and a B or above in GCSE English. You apply through UCAS.

Retail: Morrisons Sponsored Degree Apprenticeship

morrisonsMorrisons is a big food retailer and the 2nd largest food producer. They are a business in transformation and offer Management Trainee Sponsored Degree Programmes in Management & Business. Its full time. You can go straight from school or early work experience onto either their Manufacturing or Head Office Sponsored Degree Programme. You’ll get right into action in a real paid job and study for a degree that is paid for.

Locations: Bradford,Colne (Lancashire), Wakefield (West Yorkshire), Spalding, Grimsby (Lincolnshire), Turriff (Aberdeenshire), Flaxby (North Yorkshire), Northwich, Winsford (Cheshire), Deeside (Flintshire) Thrapston, Rushden (Northamptonshire),Wigan, Worsley (Greater Manchester),Bridgwater (Somerset), Derby (Derbyshire)

The Management Trainee Programme. Morrisons are partnering with Bradford University to develop a programme that will allow you to work, earn and learn while studying at University (part-time) towards a BSc (Hons) in Management and Business. If you are applying for their Head Office programme you will need to live within a commutable distance of Bradford. If applying to the Manufacturing scheme, you could be based at any of their production sites, so you need to be within a commutable distance of one of those (see above locations). If you’re not local to Bradford they will put you up in halls at the University when on site studying. Programmes exist in:
  • Manufacturing
  • Corporate
  • Logistics
  • Retail
  • Supply Chain
The programme will allow you to understand and experience the Manufacturing business or Head Office operations from the start, taking on a real role with real responsibility. You could become a Manufacturing Front Line Manager within a few years, or be in a key Head Office department like Marketing, HR or Buying.  You'll learn quickly, fully supported by a "Buddy" who has been through the scheme before and knows what it's like to be there, a mentor who is a senior manager and has experience and sound advice to offer you and, formal training at their Academy to support you to develop your key skills making you quickly into one of their managers of the future.

Whats required?
To join the scheme you must be at least 18 and fresh out of school or ideally will have some work experience... probably up to or around two years' worth, and perhaps related to manufacturing, retail, business or management. You must be able to commit to at least three years working and learning, plus five days a week (on shifts in Manufacturing) and attending university once every six weeks. You should have 260 UCAS points or equivalent and at least C grades including GCSE Maths and English.

Retail: Nestle Fast Start Programme

nestlesNestle is offering their Fast Start Programme which combines studying for a degree with working. This is a three year programme in which you will study for a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Business Practice at Sheffield Hallam University combined with a number of placements in the Nestle business teams. In your first two years, you’ll enjoy work placements in a number of Nestlé business areas, including HR, Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain functions. Alongside this commercial experience, you’ll have blocks of study in Sheffield. For your final year, you will specialise into a specific business area, based on your strengths and Nestlé’s business needs. On completion, you’ll have developed the professional knowledge, a debt free degree and real career prospects with one of the biggest food manufacturers in the world.

Nestle are looking for ambitious and innovative school leavers who have a genuine interest in developing a career in the food and drink industry. You’ll need to have completed your A levels or equivalent within the last 2 years, with 300 UCAS points (minimum BBB grades) in three main subjects (predictions are also accepted), excluding General Studies and re-sits. Nestle will pay your course fees, as well as all your costs for accommodation, meals and travel while you’re studying in Sheffield. In addition Nestle will pay a regular salary (£16k for York and £17k for Gatwick) and a range of quality benefits.

Technology; CGI Sponsored Degree Programmes

cgiCGI (formerly Logica) offer two Sponsored Degree programmes: the BA (Hons) Business Management Degree and the BA (Hons) Business Management Degree with IT. Both programmes offer you the opportunity to combine academic study with real-life-on-the-job learning, spending one day a week studying on campus at the University of Winchester, and four days working in CGI. Delivered in partnership with the University of Winchester and CGI, the programmes last for three years.

The starting salary is £13,000 and your base office would be either Reading or Leatherhead for the duration of the programme. You would work within the Programme and Technical Services (PTS) division and will sit within the ‘Graduate Practice’. All tuition fees are covered by Logica. On graduation, you are committed to stay with CGI for a minimum of two years.

Application is via CGI.


Technology: Fujitsu Degree Apprenticeship Programme

fujitsuFujitsu are one of the worlds largest IT suppliers. They offer a degree apprenticeship programme where they will sponsor your studies as well as pay you. Your role would be based in the Fujitsu Basingstoke offices for the Defence and National Security account and will also involve you attending lectures at Winchester University to complete a BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions degree over a 4 year period. You need 280 UCAS points and experience or an interest in IT. 

The degree programme runs for 4 years and will provide you an opportunity to attend lectures at Winchester University whilst carrying out a role in Fujitsu. Towards the end of this degree you will have a period of specialisation with a dissertation and project to complete at work linked to business requirements. Each module you study will match up to the business area within Fujitsu that you will be working in, ensuring you are receiving work-based learning that is relevant to your course.

Technology: Goldman Sachs Technology Apprenticeships

goldmanGoldman Sachs offers aDegree Apprenticeship Program  which combines higher education with vocational training to offer a fee-free alternative to the traditional University route. This program is suited for students looking to pursue a university degree and possessing a keen interest in building solutions to complex problems. You will be required to meet the minimum entry requirements of Queen Mary University of London where you will study for a degree in computer science. 


This is an opportunity to earn a salary and degree while embarking on  a career in financial services and technology. The ‘Degree Apprenticeship Program’ will allow you to complete an apprenticeship within Goldman Sachs’ Technology division while studying for a degree at Queen Mary University of London. After the four-year program, you will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Digital and Technology Solutions, with the potential opportunity of a full time position with Goldman Sachs.

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions. While studying for the Digital and Technology Solutions course, you will learn about new technologies and modern innovators, programming techniques and innovative software design. The placement within Goldman Sachs’ Technology division will allow you to apply these academic skills to ongoing real time software and engineering assignments.
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