5 Large UK Businesses with Apprenticeships 

Written by Calvin Bowers

More and more people are opting to earn and learn with an apprenticeship. There are hundreds of UK businesses with apprenticeships,  across a range of industries. Taking up an apprenticeship with a large UK business helps you to get a foot in the door of your desired industry, without necessarily already having the right training or qualifications.

If there is a business or company that you know you want to work for, but don’t feel that you have enough experience, have a look if they offer an apprenticeship. There are different types of apprenticeships offered at a range of levels, from the equivalent of GCSE’s up to master’s degrees, there are opportunities to join large businesses straight from school, after university, or even later into your working life.

As well as apprenticeships in SMEs and public sector organisations, lots of people choose to do an apprenticeship with a large business because of the variety of opportunities available. Smaller businesses may not always have the capacity to offer an apprenticeship, and not every role you may be interested in is relevant to the public sector, which means that the easiest way to explore a wide variety of career avenues is by looking into large businesses.

The Benefits of an Apprenticeship with a Large Company

Some of the best apprenticeships to do in 2021 are with UK large businesses that you may already know and love. Here are some of the benefits of working for one of them:

  • Career progression. By working for a large business, you are able to progress and grow throughout the company as your skills develop. In a smaller organisation, there may be limited scope for the expansion of your role or responsibilities due to financial or practical limitations. Whereas in a large business the resources and infrastructure are already in place to allow employees to develop.
  • Regular recruitment. Another reason to do an apprenticeship with a large business is that they recruit much more regularly than smaller businesses. Due to their size and scale, positions become available more often, and they have more money to start new programmes and traineeships such as apprenticeships.
  • Company benefits. Large businesses are in the financial position to offer competitive benefits to their employees. Whether this is annual leave, healthcare plans, on-site facilities or salary perks. By doing an apprenticeship at one of these businesses you will also get the opportunity to work with the training provider they have collaborated with.
  • World-leading businesses. Some of the UK businesses offering apprenticeships this year are the leading company in their field. Doing an apprenticeship is an excellent way to get your foot in the door of a world-class business. For example, all of ‘The Big Four’ accountancy firms, PwC, KPMG, EY and Deloitte, offer apprenticeships.

5 Large Companies that Offer Apprenticeships

1. Sky

  • Multimedia and Telecommunications
  • Over 30,000 employees
  • Right now, on our apprenticeship job board, we have 16 Sky apprenticeships spread across the UK. They offer a wide range of apprenticeships across the whole company, from technical roles such as Broadcast and Technical Operator, to Finance roles and Cyber Security.

2. BAE Systems

  • Defence and Security
  • Over 85,000 employees
  • Head to our apprenticeship job board to see ten live BAE Systems apprenticeships. BAE offer five-year Audit Degree Apprenticeships, as well as Naval Ship Supply Chain roles, and Planning and Logistics.


  • Pharmaceutical
  • Over 70,600 employees
  • AstraZeneca offer apprenticeships in four areas of the business, Scientific, IT and Data, Business, and Operations. They have two main UK apprenticeship hubs in Cambridge and Macclesfield. In each of these four areas, you will find a variety of apprenticeships to suit different skill levels and interests.

4. BT

  • Multimedia and Telecommunications
  • Over 100,000 employees
  • BT offer apprenticeships in customer services, engineering, sales and digital. They believe that apprenticeships provide an inclusive and accessible path to work for people from a range of backgrounds.

5. AA

  • Motoring
  • Over 8,000 employees
  • The AA offer level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships. They have programmes such as road operations and roadside patrol, which train you to overcome challenges, help customers, and develop an understanding of motor engineering.

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Last Updated: Thursday August 4 2022
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