Working with local businesses

At NUSA, we continue to develop strong links with local employers. We work with them in our Careers programme in various ways. Some employers come into school and talk to our students about their businesses. They discuss what the job is like, along with what skills and qualifications are desired. Some employers help to carry out mock interviews with students and provide useful feedback.

Students complete work experience in Year 10 and 12 and many local employers facilitate this by organising for them to work in their businesses for the week.

Our Mock Interview Day involved over thirty employers from across Nottingham, from a wide range of sectors, supporting our students develop and hone their employability skills. Our Careers Fair held in the spring allows for further encounters for all of our students with employers and provides an opportunity for employers to showcase their business, industries or their potential offer to our students.

Here are some apprenticeships from large local employers:

Barclays: joinus.barclays/eme/apprenticeships

Boots: www.boots.jobs/graduates-and-early-careers/apprenticeships

Bentley: search.bentleycareers.com

Jaguar Land Rover: www.jaguarlandrovercareers.com/jlr-roles/future-talent/apprentices

Airbus: company.airbus.com/careers/apprentices-and-pupils/In-the-United-Kingdom.html

Atos: atos.net/en-gb/united-kingdom/careers-uk/apprentices-uk

Arnold Clark: www.arnoldclark.com/careers/apprenticeships

Vodafone: careers.vodafone.co.uk/apprentices

Apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes and Sponsored Degrees

Below is a list of many companies that recruit young people every year for apprenticeships, school leaver programmes or sponsored degrees. Deadlines and start dates vary according to the company. Check individual sites regularly for vacancies.

Accounting, Administration, Business, Finance and Management

Aon Apprenticeship Scheme – A levels required
Barclays Apprenticeship Scheme – GCSEs required
BDO School Leavers Scheme – A levels required
Boots Advanced Apprenticeship – A levels required
Deloitte School Leavers Programme – A levels required – on-going recruitment
Ernst & Young Accountancy Programme – A levels required
HSBC Apprenticeship Programme – GCSEs required
KPMG Sponsored Degree – A Levels required
PwC Sponsored Degree – A Levels required
Tesco Management Training Scheme – A Levels required
Visa – In accounting, business and technology


B Constructive
BEST – Nationwide. GCSEs required
Carillion – Nationwide. GCSEs required
CITB – Nationwide. Some GCSEs required

Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical)

Discover Engineering – Link to companies that offer apprenticeships
Balfour Beatty – Engineering
JTL – Electrical, Engineering and Plumbing
BAA – Engineering
Remit – Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships
Royal Mail – Engineering and Vehicle
Arqiva – Nationwide. GCSEs required
Atomic Weapons Establishment – No qualifications specified
BAA – GCSEs required
BAM Nuttall Civil Engineering & Surveying – GCSEs required
BP Trainee Officer Programme – Nationwide. A Levels required
BT – Nationwide. GCSEs required
British Gas – Nationwide. 4 GCSEs required
EDF Energy Apprenticeship – GCSEs required
E:ON – Nationwide. GCSEs required
JTL – Nationwide. No qualifications specified but GCSEs preferred
Laing O’Rourke Advanced Apprenticeship – GCSEs required
Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship – GCSEs required
NG Bailey – Nationwide. GCSEs incl. English/Maths/Science
National Grid Advanced Apprenticeship – GCSEs required
Persimmon Homes – Nationwide. 5 GCSEs required
Remit Motor Mechanics – Nationwide. GCSEs required
Thames Valley Water – 4 GCSEs required
Virgin Media – Nationwide. GCSEs required

Funeral Care

Co-op – Funeral service apprenticeship


CapGemini – GCSEs or A Levels required
IBM – Nationwide. A Levels required
Microsoft – Berkshire. GCSEs required
Microsoft Apprenticeship Films!
Pearson (formerly Zenos) – Nationwide. GCSEs required


ITV Apprenticeships – Opportunities in media and business administration

Retail/Customer Service

Co-op – Vacancies in legal, HR, food, motors and much more
Superdrug – Applications on-going
Remit – GCSEs required – grades not specified


Yachting Apprenticeship with UKSA – Applications ongoing but deadline for bursaries is the end of April


Hays Travel – Nationwide. GCSEs required
Thomas Cook – Nationwide. GCSEs required
Thomson – Nationwide. No formal qualifications required

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