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News: Top 30 best employers for apprentices revealed


Virgin Media has been named the best employer for young apprentices, it has been revealed.

The top 30 employers for young apprentices, compiled by, was based on over 1,200 reviews from school leavers who undertook schemes such as apprenticeships, work experience and gap year programmes, rating their organisations on factors such as the skills they have developed, the support they have received, their salary and how valued they felt within the organisation.

Virgin Media came top of the league table, with an average rating of 8.83 out of 10, closely followed by PSA Peugeot Citroen and M&G Investments.

This year's top 30 were:

1.       Virgin Media

2.       PSA Peugeot Citroen

3.       M&G Investments

4.       Capgemini

5.       Barclays

6.       Jaguar Land Rover

7.       Boots

8.       IBM

9.       EY

10.   Grant Thornton

11.   Aldi

12.   Siemens

13.   Vauxhall

14.   GE (General Electric)

15.   National Grid

16.   BAE Systems

17.   BDO

18.   Deloitte

19.   TUI UK

20.   PwC

21.   Accenture

22.   Fujitsu

23.   GlaxoSmithKline

24.   Pinsent Masons

25.   Willis

26.   Aon

27.   RBS Group

28.   The Co-Operative Group

29.   BBC

30.   Grant Thornton

Chris Starling, head of apprenticeships at Virgin Media, said they were "delighted" to have been ranked as number one. 

“Apprentices have become a key part of our talent pool, whilst allowing us to give young people the skills they need to succeed in the work environment and it’s fantastic to hear from our apprentices what they really think."

Oliver Sidwell, co-founder of RMP Enterprise, added: "Many young people are not yet aware of the possibilities that exist for them in considering an apprenticeship or school leaver programme – and yet 99% of the apprentices we have spoken to would recommend it to a peer.

“We hope to bust myths around apprenticeships and help supply great young talent at brands including Virgin Media, Barclays, PwC, Siemens and General Electric – all of whom have apprentice retention rates of at least 85-100%."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson remarked that creating jobs and opportunities for the next generation of workers is "absolutely vital for this city’s future economic prosperity". 
"We’ve already delivered more than 100,000 apprenticeships in the capital and initiatives such as will only help to further champion the cause," he added.

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