Top Apprenticeship Employers & Training Providers 2021 - 2022

This is your guide to the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers and Top 50 Training Providers in the UK this year.

Scroll down to find out why these companies are at the top of their game when it comes to offering apprenticeships and work experience for school and college leavers.

How are the Tables Created?

Each table is based on the 1000s of reviews submitted to by young people who have completed an apprenticeship in the last year.

The employers and training providers that make the table have all been given a big thumbs up by real-life apprentices. Making them a brilliant place to start your career...

 apprentice name
  • 1 A school or college leaver writes a review of their apprenticeship or work experience and submits it to
  • 2 They answer ten questions about their role, the organisation and the social perks of their scheme, ranking the company out of ten for each question.
  • 3 All reviews are quality checked by the RateMyApprenticeship team.
  • 4 Once a company or training provider has ten reviews, they are eligible for the Top 100 or Top 50.
  • 5 Our digital team plug all the scores into an algorithm and bingo, RateMyApprenticeship’s Top 100 Employers and Top 50 Training Providers are formed!

Training Providers Explained

Training providers play a key role in helping apprentices ace their professional qualifications. There are FOUR main types:

  • 1

    Further Education Colleges

    Just like a sixth-form college but in a more relaxed, adult environment. You’ll call the teachers by their first names and take responsibility for your own learning.

  • 2

    In-house Training Providers

    Large employers like BAE Systems, Barclays and Virgin Media have their own tutors and training facilities.

  • 3

    Independent Training Providers

    Employers that can’t deliver the off-the-job training outsource it to these organisations. They only train apprentices, unlike colleges where apprentices mix with students in full-time education.

  • 4


    Universities and other higher education institutions can act as training providers for level 4, 5, 6 and 7 apprentices.


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Top Regional

Who are the best companies to work for in your area? How many of the Top 100 have job opportunities there? And how much could you earn as an apprentice?

Click a region to reveal the answers...

North East

Top Employers:

  • BT
  • Sage
  • Cummins
  • Newcastle Building Society
  • EY

No. of Employers: 36

Average Salary: £18,248


Top Employers:

  • abrdn
  • Natwest
  • M&G
  • BT
  • Pinsent Masons&G

No. of Employers: 36


Average Salary: £16,973

North West

Top Employers:

  • Whitbread
  • BT
  • AstraZeneca
  • BAE Systems

No. of Employers: 61

Average Salary: £19,743

Northern Ireland

Top Employers:

  • BT
  • Natwest
  • PwC

No. of Employers: 8

Average Salary: £15,688

West Midlands

Top Employers:

  • National Grid
  • Whitbread
  • BT
  • NHS
  • The AA

No. of Employers: 57

Average Salary: £18,840


Top Employers:

  • BT
  • Babcock
  • Whitbread
  • Iceland
  • Tata Steel

No. of Employers: 16

Average Salary: £17,700

South West

Top Employers:

  • BMW Group
  • Stagecoach UK
  • BT
  • Leonardo
  • Defence Equipment & Support

No. of Employers: 51

Average Salary: £18,827

South East

Top Employers:

  • Softcat
  • Gatwick Airport
  • BAE Systems
  • BT
  • NHS

No. of Employers: 65

Average Salary: £19,587

Central & Greater London

Top Employers:

  • Inspire ATA
  • Savills
  • Mace Group
  • Christie’s
  • IBM

No. of Employers: 69

Average Salary: £21,174

East of England

Top Employers:

  • Whitbread
  • EY
  • AstraZeneca
  • BT
  • RSA Group

No. of Employers: 49

Average Salary: £19,638

East Midlands

Top Employers:

  • Rolls-Royce
  • BT
  • Cummins
  • Premier Foods
  • Greene King

No. of Employers: 43

Average Salary: £19,935

Yorkshire & the Humber

Top Employers:

  • Solenis
  • Nestle
  • Syngenta
  • BT
  • EY

No. of Employers: 50

Average Salary: £19,427

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