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Top 100 employers for school leavers announced at City Hall, as voted for by employees themselves

The UK’s top employers for school leavers were revealed last night, when the results of a nationwide survey were announced at an awards ceremony in London’s City Hall – and gained words of support from London's new mayor, Sadiq Khan.

  • Mercedes-Benz wins Top Employer for School & College Leavers award
  • EY school leaver trainee wins School Leaver of the Year award
  • New Degree Apprenticeship programmes recognised for the first time
  • New London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, lends his support to the event

The UK’s top employers for school leavers were revealed last night, when the results of a nationwide survey were announced at an awards ceremony in London’s City Hall – and gained words of support from London's new mayor, Sadiq Khan.

AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk’s Top 100 Employers for School & College Leavers 2016 – 17 Awards, sponsored by EY and supported by Laing O’Rourke, announced the winners in 29 categories  – including skills development, career progression, training and company culture – as decided by surveys completed by apprentices and school leaver trainees from 100 UK organisations. 

In the fourth annual ceremony, Mercedes-Benz was named Top Employer for School & College Leavers, and Amber Westmoreland of EY won the School or College Leaver of the Year award. 

It’s really exciting to win an award – I definitely made the right career choice. I chose the school leaver route because I didn’t want to go to university when I left college,” said Amber. “When I found out there was a route to get a professional job – one that I would have thought you’d need a degree for – without having to go to university, I jumped at it.

“It’s quite hard work to juggle your professional qualification exams alongside working but I have loved my first two years at EY and am excited to keep learning and stretching myself!”

The School or College Leaver of the Year award was one of four awards judged by a panel of industry experts, who described Amber as stepping “outside of her remit”, demonstrating “qualities of leadership” and “incredible initiative”. They said she was proof that it is possible to succeed and excel without going to university.  

The industry panel included senior figures from the Association of Graduate Recruiters, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Skills for Health and Justice, the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).         

This year AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk added a new Degree Apprenticeships category – the programmes were launched nationally in 2015 – as well as new industry-specific categories acknowledging the top employers in their particular fields.

New Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, offered his support to the event, saying how important skills training is for school leavers: “I will be a Mayor who leads a new agenda for London, making sure young people and businesses get the skills they need to succeed.

“To achieve that, I am looking forward to working with the employers celebrated tonight to bring as many young people as possible into the London workforce, so our great city can continue to grow.”

Jack Denton, director and co-founder of AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk, said: “Our awards, solely based on the opinions of the people currently participating in these training programmes, help other young people see which areas employers are excelling in, and who offers them the best opportunities. 

“By adding new industry specific categories we’re helping young people identify the best employers in the sectors they are most interested in.”

Award winners in full

Top 100 Employers for School & College Leavers

  1. 1.       Mercedes-Benz
  2. 2.       Schroders
  3. 3.       Savers
  4. 4.       TUI UK & Ireland
  5. 5.       EE
  6. 6.       Be Wiser Insurance
  7. 7.       Nomura
  8. 8.       JLL
  9. 9.       Peugeot Citroen Retail Group
  10. 10.     Hays Travel
  11. 11.     J.P. Morgan
  12. 12.     Haymarket Media Group
  13. 13.     Visa Europe
  14. 14.     Sky
  15. 15.      Smith & Williamson
  16. 15.=   NG Bailey
  17. 15.=   British Sugar
  18. 15.=   AXA
  19. 19.     Hanson
  20. 20.     Coventry City Council
  21. 21.=   The National Physical Laboratory
  22. 21.=   Mazars
  23. 23.     EY
  24. 24.     BMW
  25. 25.     Royal Mail Group
  26. 26.=  Capgemini
  27. 26.=  3M
  28. 28.     Barclays
  29. 29.     Autonet Insurance
  30. 30.     Henderson Global Investors
  31. 31.     Marshall Aerospace
  32. 32.=   DSTL
  33. 32.=  Barratt Developments
  34. 34.     Hazlewoods
  35. 35.     Busy Bees Training Academy
  36. 36.     BP
  37. 37.     InterContinental Hotels Group
  38. 38.     Kennedys
  39. 39.=  National Grid
  40. 39.=  Greene King
  41. 41      DHL
  42. 42      Morgan Sindall
  43. 43      Escalla
  44. 44      GSK
  45. 45.=  Superdrug
  46. 45.=  Connells Group
  47. 47.    Accenture
  48. 48.    Bentley Motors
  49. 49.=  PwC
  50. 49.=  Anchor
  51. 51.=  Transport for London
  52. 51.=  Boots
  53. 53.=  Jaguar Land Rover
  54. 53.=  ITV
  55. 54.=  Commerzbank
  56. 56.     RBS
  57. 57.     EDF Energy
  58. 58.     Arup
  59. 59.=  Crowe Clark Whitehill
  60. 59.=  Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools
  61. 61.     MHA MacIntyre Hudson
  62. 62.     Ginger Nut Media
  63. 63.     Virgin Media
  64. 64.     IFDS
  65. 65.     Thales
  66. 66.     RSM
  67. 67.=   IBM
  68. 67.=   Anglian Water
  69. 67.= Alstom
  70. 70.      Nottingham City Council
  71. 71.      Grant Thornton
  72. 71 .=       BT
  73. 73.      Lloyds Banking Group
  74. 74.      Arqiva
  75. 75.      KFC
  76. 76 .     Fujitsu
  77. 77.      National Audit Office
  78. 78.      =Gist / Deloitte
  79. 80.      Aecom
  80. 81.      Empiric
  81. 82.      BDO
  82. 83.      Volvo
  83. 84.      Harrods
  84. 85.      Laing O'Rourke
  85. 86.      CGI
  86. 87.= Hill Dickinson
  87. 87.=    Balfour Beatty
  88. 89.      Severn Trent Water
  89. 90.      A4G
  90. 91.      Tangerine
  91. 92.     BBC
  92. 93.      Civil Service
  93. 94.      5E
  94. 95.      BAM Nuttall
  95. 96.      Shoosmiths
  96. 97.      Marks & Spencer
  97. 97.=       Cambridge University Hospitals
  98. 97.=   NHS Foundation Trust
  99. 99.     Creative Pioneers
  100. 100.    Gordons LLP

Top Intermediate Apprenticeship Employers

  1. 1.     Peugeot Citroen Retail Group
  2. 2.     Savers
  3. 3.     Barratt Developments
  4. 4.     Hays Travel
  5. 5.     Sky
  6. 6.     Coventry City Council
  7. 7.     Autonet Insurance
  8. 8.     DSTL
  9. 9.     Busy Bees Training Academy
  10. 10.  Greene King
  11. 11.  DHL
  12. 12.  Morgan Sindall
  13. 13.  Anglian Water
  14. 14.  Connells Group
  15. 15.  Superdrug
  16. 16.  Anchor
  17. 17.  KFC
  18. 18.  Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools
  19. 19.  IFDS
  20. 20.  Gist
  21. 21.  Lloyds Banking Group
  22. 22.  Fujitsu
  23. 23.  BMW
  24. 24.  Transport for London
  25. 25.  Volvo
  26. 26.  Nottingham City Council
  27. 27.  Balfour Beatty
  28. 28.  Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  29. 29.  Shoosmiths

Top Advanced Apprenticeship Employers

  1. 1.     Mercedes-Benz
  2. 2.     BMW
  3. 3.     Barclays
  4. 4.     EE
  5. 5.     Be Wiser Insurance
  6. 6.     Nomura
  7. 7.     J.P. Morgan
  8. 8.     JLL
  9. 9.     Greene King
  10. 10.  Haymarket Media Group
  11. 11.  AXA
  12. 12.  British Sugar
  13. 13.  NG Bailey
  14. 14.  The National Physical Laboratory
  15. 15.  Jaguar Land Rover
  16. 16.  Coventry City Council
  17. 17.  KFC
  18. 18.  Nottingham City Council
  19. 19.  Royal Mail Group
  20. 20.  3M
  21. 21.  Marshall Aerospace
  22. 22.  Kennedys
  23. 23.  Transport for London
  24. 24.  Escalla
  25. 25.  ITV
  26. 26.  National Grid
  27. 27.  Thales
  28. 28.  RBS
  29. 29.  Bentley Motors
  30. 30.  EDF Energy
  31. 31.  Arup
  32. 32.  Ginger Nut Media
  33. 33.  Virgin Media
  34. 34.  IFDS
  35. 35.  GSK
  36. 36.  Alstom
  37. 37.  DSTL
  38. 38.  Aecom
  39. 39.  BT
  40. 40.  Fujitsu
  41. 41.  Anglian Water
  42. 42.  Lloyds Banking Group
  43. 43.  Gist
  44. 44.  Volvo
  45. 45.  Hill Dickinson
  46. 46.  Severn Trent Water
  47. 47.  Creative Pioneers
  48. 48.  Tangerine
  49. 49.  5E
  50. 50.  Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Top Higher Apprenticeship Employers

  1. 1.     Barclays
  2. 2.     National Grid
  3. 3.     Visa Europe
  4. 4.     J.P. Morgan
  5. 5.     Smith & Williamson
  6. 6.     Hanson
  7. 7.     3M
  8. 8.     GSK
  9. 9.     Sky
  10. 10.  Bentley Motors
  11. 11.  PwC
  12. 12.  BT
  13. 13.  Boots
  14. 14.  Accenture
  15. 15.  MHA MacIntyre Hudson
  16. 16.  Transport for London
  17. 17.  Greene King
  18. 18.  IBM
  19. 19.  CGI
  20. 20.  Arqiva
  21. 21.  Lloyds Banking Group
  22. 22.  Thales
  23. 23.  Fujitsu
  24. 24.  Aecom
  25. 25.  BBC
  26. 26.  Civil Service
  27. 27.  BAM Nuttall
  28. 28.  Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  29. 29.  Creative Pioneers
  30. 30.  Gordons LLP

Top Degree Apprenticeship Employers

  1. 1.     Lloyds Banking Group
  2. 2.     Capgemini
  3. 3.     BT
  4. 4.     Jaguar Land Rover
  5. 5.     Barclays
  6. 6.     IBM
  7. 7.     RBS

Top School Leaver Programme Employers

  1. 1.     Schroders
  2. 2.     TUI UK & Ireland
  3. 3.     Accenture
  4. 4.     National Grid
  5. 5.     EY
  6. 6.     Mazars
  7. 7.     Peugeot Citroen Retail Group
  8. 8.     IBM
  9. 9.     Henderson Global Investors
  10. 10.  Hazlewoods
  11. 11.  BP
  12. 12.  InterContinental Hotels Group
  13. 13.  Commerzbank
  14. 14.  Boots
  15. 15.  Morgan Sindall
  16. 16.  RSM
  17. 17.  Grant Thornton
  18. 18.  National Audit Office
  19. 19.  Deloitte
  20. 20.  Empiric
  21. 21.  BDO
  22. 22.  Harrods
  23. 23.  A4G
  24. 24.  Marks & Spencer

Top Sponsored Degree Employers

  1. 1.     Morgan Sindall
  2. 2.     Barratt Developments
  3. 3.     EY
  4. 4.     PwC
  5. 5.     Laing O'Rourke
  6. 6.     Aecom
  7. 7.     CGI
  8. 8.     KFC

Top Employer for School & College Leavers

Winner: Mercedes-Benz

Best Intermediate Apprenticeship

Winner: Peugeot Citroen Retail Group

Best Advanced Apprenticeship

Winner: Mercedes-Benz

Best Higher Apprenticeship

Winner: Barclays

Best Degree Apprenticeship

Winner: Lloyds Banking Group

Best School Leaver Programme

Winner: Schroders

Best Sponsored Degree

Winner: Morgan Sindall

Best Training

Winner: Mercedes-Benz

Best for Skills Development

Winner: TUI UK & Ireland

Best for Career Progression

Winner: Mercedes-Benz

Best Level of Support

Winner: Savers

Best for Job Satisfaction

Winner: Savers

Best Company Culture

Winner: EE

Awards decided by an independent judging panel

School or College Leaver of the Year

Winner: Amber Westmoreland, EY

Best School & College Leaver Recruitment Campaign

Winner: Jaguar Land Rover

Best Use of School & College Engagement in a Recruitment Campaign

Winner: Jaguar Land Rover

Most Innovative School & College Leaver Recruitment Campaign

Winner: Marks & Spencer

Awards decided by an independent student panel

Best School & College Leaver Recruitment Website

Winner: Laing O'Rourke

Best Use of Social Media in a School & College Leaver Recruitment Campaign

Winner: Sky

Top Employers by industry

Top Employer - Accounting & Professional Services

Winner: Smith & Williamson

Top Employer - Banking & Financial Services    

Winner: Schroders

Top Employer - Creative Industries

Winner: Haymarket Media Group

Top Employer - Energy & Utilities

Winner: BP

Top Employer – Engineering

Winner: Mercedes-Benz

Top Employer - Hospitality & Tourism

Winner: TUI UK & Ireland

Top Employer - IT & Technology

Winner: Visa Europe

Top Employer - Property & Construction

Winner: JLL

Top Employer - Public Sector

Winner: Coventry City Council

Top Employer – Retail

Winner: Savers