Armed Forces lead the way on Apprentice take-ups with 40 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.

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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.

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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.
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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 jobs.army.mod.uk.
TELECOMS
BT is hiring 446 apprentices into roles covering software engineering, data analytics and cyber-security.
Visit bt.com/earlycareers.
Virgin Media O2 has 100 apprenticeship roles.
See jobs.virginmediao2.co.uk.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
STUDY up to degree level as a management consultant, accountant or tax specialist.
KPMG has 400 vacancies at kpmgcareers.co.uk/apprentice.
BDO has 130 positions at careers.bdo.co.uk.
Deloitte is offering 250 places on its Bright Start programme.
See tinyurl.com/bdvne6y3.
RETAIL
SUPERDRUG and Savers need 500 new apprentices.
Apply for a place at superdrug.jobs/apprenticeships.
Aldi is also taking on 500 people across buying, logistics and HGV driver roles.
See aldirecruitment.co.uk/apprenticeships.
THG has 34 jobs at thg.com/talent/job-search.
And the Co-Op is hiring at jobs.coop.co.uk/early-careers.
HOSPITALITY
HOTELS and restaurants provide quick career progression for apprentices.

Hotel chain Hilton has 100 roles.
See tinyurl.com/y8dkncf2.
Restaurant Nando’s needs 300 staff.
See nandos.careers/our-roles.
McDonald’s offers apprenticeships up to degree level and has 600 places this year.
You can search at people.mcdonalds.co.uk.
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