Top Apprenticeship Employers & Training Providers 2020 - 2021

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 RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk by young people who have completed an apprenticeship in the last year.

Just like Love Island’s winning couples, these employers and training providers have been voted for by the people. So you know they’re the real deal.

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  • 1 A school or college leaver writes a review of their apprenticeship or work experience and submits it on RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk.
  • 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 and like magic, RateMyApprenticeship’s Top 100 Employers and Top 50 Training Providers are created.

Training Providers Explained

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

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

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Regional
Employers

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.

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North East

Top Employers:

  • Sage
  • Newcastle Building Society
  • Accenture
  • GSK
  • EY

No. of Employers: 30

Scotland

Top Employers:

  • EY
  • BAE Systems
  • BT
  • PwC
  • M&G

No. of Employers: 32

North West

Top Employers:

  • Booking.com
  • BAE Systems
  • AstraZeneca
  • PwC
  • Whitbread

No. of Employers: 59

Northern Ireland

Top Employers:

  • PwC
  • Fujitsu
  • EY

No. of Employers: 9

West Midlands

Top Employers:

  • The AA
  • PwC
  • EY
  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • BMW Group

No. of Employers: 53

Wales

Top Employers:

  • GE Aviation
  • BAE Systems
  • Airbus
  • PwC
  • Tata Steel

No. of Employers: 20

South West

Top Employers:

  • BMW Group
  • BT
  • Defence Equipment & Support
  • Burges Salmon
  • Rolls-Royce

No. of Employers: 44

South East

Top Employers:

  • Softcat
  • Gatwick Airport
  • Tech Data
  • PwC
  • Optivo

No. of Employers: 66

Central & Greater London

Top Employers:

  • Mace Group
  • PwC
  • Savills
  • M&G
  • IBM

No. of Employers: 69

East of England

Top Employers:

  • BT
  • TUI UK
  • AstraZeneca
  • GSK
  • Willis Towers Watson

No. of Employers: 40

East Midlands

Top Employers:

  • Siemens
  • Rolls-Royce
  • First Response Finance Limited
  • BT
  • PwC

No. of Employers: 35

Yorkshire & the Humber

Top Employers:

  • Syngenta
  • Solenis
  • BAM
  • BAE Systems
  • PwC

No. of Employers: 46

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