Armed Forces lead the way on Apprentice take-ups – with 40 different schemes to choose from

IF you want to hear “You’re hired!”, do an apprenticeship.

Since 2010, almost six million people have enrolled on these earn-as-you-learn schemes.

The Armed Forces has 40 different apprentice schemes to choose from


The Armed Forces has 40 different apprentice schemes to choose fromCredit: DAVID SCAMMELL

Nine out of ten apprentices go on to sustained employment and the same percentage of firms believe that hiring apprentices leads to a more motivated workforce.

With more than 690 different schemes — and almost half of all new starters aged 25 and over — there will be one to suit you.

The Army alone has 40 to choose from.

Cpl Harry Smith, from Bradford, joined up at 16.


Now 24, he is an apprentice electronics technician.

He said: “The Army is constantly developing me as an individual.”

This week is National Apprenticeship Week so Sunemployment is high-lighting some of the UK’s top schemes and sharing expert advice on how to make the most of your training and climb the career ladder.

Top sectors signing up this year


THE Army is a huge supporter of apprenticeships, with 90 per cent of new joiners enrolling via a scheme.

There are 40 types on offer, ranging from Level 2 to 6.

Colonel Craig Terblanche, who leads the delivery of the apprenticeship programme, said: “It offers great opportunities to develop leadership and management skills, with clear routes for promotion, career progression and personal development.”

Cpl Harry Smith, from Bradford, joined the Army at 16.

Now 24, he is an apprentice electronics technician in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

He said: “The Army is constantly developing me as a soldier and as an individual.

“I have achieved a full advanced apprenticeship in electrical maintenance and installation. In the future the Army will put me through an Artificer course which will give me a degree-level qualification.

“My primary role is to service, maintain and diagnose any fault on any equipment. This can range from Land Rovers right the way up to tanks and missile systems.”

Apply at


BT is hiring 446 apprentices into roles covering software engineering, data analytics and cyber-security.


Virgin Media O2 has 100 apprenticeship roles.



STUDY up to degree level as a management consultant, accountant or tax specialist.

KPMG has 400 vacancies at

BDO has 130 positions at

Deloitte is offering 250 places on its Bright Start programme.



SUPERDRUG and Savers need 500 new apprentices.

Apply for a place at

Aldi is also taking on 500 people across buying, logistics and HGV driver roles.


THG has 34 jobs at

And the Co-Op is hiring at


HOTELS and restaurants provide quick career progression for apprentices.

Hotel chain Hilton has 100 roles.


Restaurant Nando’s needs 300 staff.


McDonald’s offers apprenticeships up to degree level and has 600 places this year.

You can search at


THE Go Ahead group needs 850 apprentices.


A flying start

A TEAM of 40 British Airways apprentices dispatched a flight to South Africa this week, demonstrating their key role in aviation.

The trainees worked across check-in, lounges and at the boarding gate to manage the departure from Heathrow to Cape Town.

Rachel Iley, director of BA’s Global Learning Academy, said: “This flight shows the integral role of apprentices in our workforce and the opportunities for those who join a BA scheme.”

This year BA will hire 194 apprentices (see

Meanwhile, easyJet has 20 places on its engineering scheme (see

Positive mindset is key

PAUL Eagland moved from being a trainee to being the boss of 7,500 people as Managing Partner at accountancy firm, BDO.

Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at accountancy firm BDO, gives his employment advice


Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at accountancy firm BDO, gives his employment adviceCredit: Darren Russell

1. Embrace learning and never stop asking questions.

Take every opportunity you can to build your knowledge and skills.

2. Show initiative.

Demonstrate commitment by going the extra mile where you can and always look for ways to be proactive.

3. Build a network.

It helps develop technical skills and softer interpersonal skills and improves wellbeing.

4. Find a mentor.

Some businesses have established mentoring schemes in place but even if your business doesn’t, I’d advise trying to find someone who will offer you a form of mentorship.

5. Be adaptable and embrace new ways of working with a positive mindset.

A road to progress

JAGUAR Land Rover has 350 vacancies, including in digital and supply chain roles.

Technology and Decarbonisation Minister Anthony Browne said: “This year’s National Apprenticeship Week theme is ‘Skills for Life,’ and this is exactly what JLR is providing its apprentices with as they develop cutting-edge vehicle technology.”

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LEYLAND TRUCKS has five degree apprenticeships for design engineers and project managers plus 28 standard roles.


RENISHAW has places on its Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship.

You need to apply this week, which you can do at at 2e2ed9u2.


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