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Which industries are offering apprenticeships in 2019?

From banking to law, more industries than ever offer higher and degree apprenticeships. Find out what vacancies are available (and how to get them) with our dedicated industry guides

With more than 28,000 vacancies across more than 1,500 roles, higher and degree apprenticeships are giving the traditional university route a serious run for its money. There are no tuition fees to pay, and future prospects look increasingly rosy.

Employers including Deloitte, BMW and the BBC take on apprentices and opportunities span across sectors, from engineering to law. You might be surprised by what’s on offer.


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Check out our subject-specific apprenticeship guides to learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in the field or industry you want to get into: 
  • Explore future prospects for apprentices across the sector, with tips on what employers are looking for.
  • Find out how much an apprentice in these fields can earn in various roles during and after an apprenticeship.
  • Learn how to get an apprenticeship: see listings for some of the employers and institutions offering them.

 

Banking and finance apprenticeships

As the UK has one of the largest banking systems in the world, you’ll find plenty of choices on where you could do a banking apprenticeship: retail banks on your high street to commercial banks focusing on finance for business, or investment banks in the City of London to the Bank of England.

The financial services professional apprenticeship should take around three and a half years to complete and enable you to explain complex information, provide specialist advice to business customers, provide investment advice and manage processes and transactions. 

Find out more about degree apprenticeships in banking.

Still considering the university route? Read about studying finance at university with our course subject guide.

 

Business apprenticeships

As a business apprentice your role could cover areas from entry-level administration to learning about management. Initial tasks could include taking and typing up meeting notes and correspondence, compiling spreadsheets and learning about financial and confidential data.

The development of business management and leadership skills is a key component of these apprenticeships, along with the underpinning knowledge of what makes a business succeed. You’ll probably spend at least some of your day working at a screen or behind a desk, but there might well be the chance to work with the public or colleagues, and get out and about for site visits and meetings. People skills and great organisation can be very important in apprenticeships like these.

Find out more about degree apprenticeships in business.

Still considering the university route? Read about studying business and management studies at university with our course subject guide.

 

Creative and media apprenticeships

As an apprentice in the creative industry you may find yourself learning a variety of skills, from how to engage users on social media to learning about stage lighting to developing new project management expertise on cross-company projects.

Our guide covers three of the most popular creative apprenticeship sectors you might be aware of: digital media and marketing, journalism, and theatre and live events.

Find out more about degree apprenticeships in creative and media.

Still considering the university route? Read about studying journalism and media studies at university with our course subject guides.

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    Digital, tech and IT apprenticeships

    On a digital technology solutions degree apprenticeship you can expect a programme to last at least three years, with most employers offering four-year or four-and-a-half-year schemes. Your apprenticeship might include aspects of understanding business, programming and web development.

    A higher apprenticeship in digital marketing will take at least two years to complete and could link into roles in digital marketing management, digital analysis or web product management.

    Find out more about degree apprenticeships in digital, tech and IT.

    Still considering the university route? Read about studying information systems and marketing at university with our course subject guides.

     

    Engineering apprenticeships

    As an engineer apprentice you will not only solve real-world problems, but also earn an above-average salary in an industry where your skills will be in demand. Engineering UK suggests a need for 186,000 new engineers each year until 2024 to address the skills shortage, so it’s a career very much in demand.

    The opportunities in engineering are many and varied. Take a look at the industries that require engineers and consider which would interest you: food, cosmetics, automotive, aeronautical, rail, water and energy supply, construction, health, sport, music and more.

    Find out more about degree apprenticeships in engineering.

    Still considering the university route? Read about studying general engineering at university with our course subject guide.

     

    Law apprenticeships

    Traditionally, the only way to become a solicitor or work in law would be to gain a university degree. But with the cost of university fees making many school leavers think twice about university, and apprenticeships giving the added bonus of learning on the job from experienced lawyers, it’s never been a better time to explore your options.

    Find out if an apprenticeship could be the right route for you, with prospects ranging from being a solicitor to a paralegal or legal executive.

    Find out more about degree apprenticeships in law.

    Still considering the university route? Read about studying law at university with our course subject guide.
     

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