Top Apprenticeship Employers & Training Providers 2019 - 2020

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

It’s safe to say these are the best in the business when it comes to offering quality apprenticeships and work experience to school and college leavers across the country. Read on to find out why.

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How are the Tables Created?

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

Just like the name Boaty McBoatface, these employers and training providers have been voted for by the people. So you know they’re good.

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  • 1 A school or college leaver writes a review of their apprenticeship or work experience and submits it on
  • 2 They respond to ten questions about their role, the organisation and the social perks of their scheme, ranking each out of ten.
  • 3 After the review has been checked, it goes live on the website.
  • 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 (created by the founders of RateMyApprenticeship) and like magic, RateMyApprenticeship’s Top 100 Employers and Top 50 Training Providers are formed.

Training Providers Explained

Types of Training Providers

There are four main types of training providers:

  • 1

    Further Education Colleges

    Just like a sixth-form college but in a much more adult environment. You’ll call the tutors by their first names, and students are aged anywhere between 16 to 99 - but most will be 16 to 18.

  • 2

    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.

  • 3

    In-house Training Providers

    Large employers have in-house tutors and training facilities. BAE Systems, Barclays and Virgin Media all have these capabilities within their company.

  • 4


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


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This map shows the Top Employers in each region, the average salaries and number of employers in the Top 100 that hire apprentices in that location.

Simply click a region to reveal its profile...

North East

Top Employers:

  • GSK
  • Sage
  • Siemens
  • EY
  • Accenture

No. of Employers*: 48

Average Salary: £15,863


Top Employers:

  • MOTUS Commercials
  • PInsent Masons
  • BAE Systems
  • Direct Line Group
  • EY

No. of Employers*: 35

Average Salary: £18,331

North West

Top Employers:

  • BAE Systems
  • BBC
  • MAG Airport
  • AstraZeneca

No. of Employers*: 67

Average Salary: £17,237

Northern Ireland

Top Employers:

  • Fujitsu
  • PwC
  • Deloitte

No. of Employers*: 6

Average Salary: 24,318

West Midlands

Top Employers:

  • The AA
  • JN Bentley
  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • BMW Group
  • EY

No. of Employers*: 55

Average Salary: £19,090


Top Employers:

  • GE (General Electric)
  • JN Bentley
  • BBC
  • Co-op
  • Aldi

No. of Employers*: 20

Average Salary: £17,508

South West

Top Employers:

  • BMW Group
  • BT
  • Network Rail
  • EY
  • Siemens

No. of Employers*: 58

Average Salary: £18,588

South East

Top Employers:

  • University of Oxford
  • Softcat
  • Tech Data
  • PwC
  • Unilever

No. of Employers*: 71

Average Salary: £18,633

Central & Greater London

Top Employers:

  • M&G Prudential
  • Warner Bros.
  • EY
  • T.S.S. (Total Security Services)
  • Mace Group

No. of Employers*: 68

Average Salary: £21,879

East of England

Top Employers:

  • BT
  • GSK
  • TUI UK
  • Aon
  • AstraZeneca

No. of Employers*: 49

Average Salary: £17,764

East Midlands

Top Employers:

  • Dixons Carphone
  • Siemens
  • E.ON
  • Barclays
  • Severn Trent

No. of Employers*: 52

Average Salary: £19,616

Yorkshire & the Humber

Top Employers:

  • Solenis
  • PwC
  • BAE Systems
  • Syngenta
  • Morrisons

No. of Employers*: 44

Average Salary: £16,826

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