School Leaver Awards 2018: winners announced

School Leaver Awards 2018: winners announced


The UK’s top employers for school leavers have been revealed, following the 2018 AllAboutSchoolLeavers Top 100 Employers for School and College Leavers Awards.

The awards saw organisations and individuals recognised across 36 categories including skills development, career progression, training and company culture, with winners decided by apprentices and school leaver trainees from 100 UK organisations.

At the awards, now in their sixth year, Bentley Motors was named Top Employer for School Leavers, while Verity Jackson, a mechanical engineering apprentice at DSTL, won the School Leaver of the Year award.

Young people working in the school leaver training world were asked to complete employee satisfaction surveys, covering every aspect of their working lives, from job satisfaction and career progression, to company culture and work-life balance.

Jack Denton, director and co-founder of, said: “Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s rankings, as well as to everyone who was shortlisted. We hope our annual awards continue to help young people make decisions about the future, and that the new categories – like our Top Employer in Media & the Arts and the Diversity & Inclusion awards – improve the guidance we can provide.”

The winners in full:

Top Employer

Bentley Motors

Best Intermediate Apprenticeship

Laing O’Rourke

Best Advanced Apprenticeship

National Grid

Best Higher Apprenticeship


Best Degree Apprenticeship

Goldman Sachs

Best School Leaver Programme


Top Employer – Small School Leaver intake

Goldman Sachs

Top Employer – Medium School Leaver intake

Bentley Motors

Top Employer – Large School Leaver intake


Best Website (shortlisted by student panel)


Best Social Media (shortlisted by student panel)

Jaguar Land Rover

The Diversity & Inclusion Award (shortlisted by expert panel)


Best Training


Best Training Provider

Moore Stephens

Best for Skills Development

Grant Thornton

Best Level of Support


Best for Career Progression


Best Job Satisfaction


Best Company Culture


Best Recruitment Campaign (shortlisted by expert panel)

Marks & Spencer & AIA Worldwide

Best School Engagement in a Recruitment Campaign (shortlisted by expert panel)

Tata Steel

Most Innovative Recruitment Campaign (shortlisted by expert panel)



Top Employer - Accounting & Professional Services

Moore Stephens

Top Employer – Automotive

Bentley Motors

Top Employer - Banking & Financial Services

Goldman Sachs

Top Employer – Construction

Laing O'Rourke

Top Employer - Energy & Utilities

National Grid

Top Employer – Engineering

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains

Top Employer - Health & Social Care

Busy Bees Training Academy

Top Employer - Hospitality & Tourism


Top Employer - IT & Technology


Top Employer – Law


Top Employer – Media & the Arts


Top Employer - Public Sector

London Borough of Hackney

Top Employer - Retail


Top Employer - Science & FMCG

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Judging Panel:
Jonathan Ledger  – Chief Executive Officer, The Global Skills Ledger
Sharon Stephens  – Head of Member and Business Development, UK Chamber of Shipping
Steve Nash – Chief Executive, The Institute of the Motor Industry
Stephen Isherwood – CEO, Institute of Student Employers
Robert West – Programme Director, Creative and Cultural Skills
Nick Ellins – Chief Executive, Energy & Utility Skills
Amy Gough – Director of Operations, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
Suki Kalirai – Chairman, Institute for Apprenticeships
Sue Hurst – Head of Schools Outreach Programmes, Civil Service

Friday, 18 May 2018

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