Where STEM can take you

What do all these companies have in common? They employ people with STEM skills.

Young people with STEM qualifications have an abundance of choice in the employment market.

The Interviews in this toolkit are of apprentices and graduate trainees who work at Rolls-Royce. However, Rolls-Royce is only one company that employs scientists and engineers.

Below are links through to 40 big companies which represent a wide range of different types of

businesses in different sectors. On their websites they describe the opportunities for students. Most offer case studies and videos of people who work for them and guidance on what to expect from a STEM-based job.

These are just a few of the many hundreds of companies, large and small, which employ people with STEM skills all over the country - but this is a starting point to explore what is out there:


Adidas is one of the leading sports brands in the world, providing kits for major international football teams. It is the biggest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second largest in the world.

On the website: A guided tour around the careers website given by a pro-athlete explaining the range of jobs.

ARMinformation technology

ARM is one of the country’s newest technology companies which has recently become a global success story. They make the chips which are in over 90% of the world’s mobile phones.

On the website: An interactive section on the website where you can ‘meet the students’ who are currently working at ARM.


Arup is a global professional services firm that spans all the disciplines of the built environment from architecture to engineering, design to town planning. Arup is famous for their work on the structural design of the Sydney Opera House and on the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

On the website: A strong focus on sustainability and case studies of how that works in the buildings designed by Arup.


AstraZeneca employs more than 5,000 highly skilled scientists and has a large commitment to the Research and Development of new drugs for infectious diseases and cancer treatments. The NHS is the primary customer for AstraZeneca in the UK.

On the website: Links to video interviews of employees who outline their experience of working at the company – plus hints and tips for filling in the application form and for preparing your CV.

BAE Systemsengineering; defence and security

BAE Systems is a global defence and security company that delivers high-tech products and services for air, land and naval forces – and is expanding into cyber-security. They are the UK’s largest employer of engineers.

On the website: Information about their extensive apprenticeship and graduate programmes, across different disciplines, including a finance leadership scheme.

Balfour Beattyconstruction

Balfour Beatty is a world-class infrastructure and construction company, operating in 80 countries around the world. They are an accredited Times Top 100 Graduate Employer and also sponsor a 'Get Into Construction' programme for long-term unemployed people with the Prince's Trust.

On the website: Videos of employees talking about the latest project they are undertaking and how they started their career.

Barclaysfinancial services

Barclays is well-known in the UK as a High Street bank – and it is also a global banking and financial services company. It has a strong presence in Africa, where it is bringing banking to many places which have not had access to such services before – plus it also has a presence in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

On the website: Profiles of employees from interns to graduates to directors, explaining their role in the company.


BP is one of the largest energy companies in the world, active in every area of the oil and gas industry – and working on the development of new energy solutions.

On the website: The recruitment scheme offers placements all around the world for graduates and interns. There’s a section where current employees talk about their career journeys and how they reached their position in the company.


BT is establishing the high speed broadband infrastructure for the UK and is offering a new internet TV service.

On the website: Extensive information on both apprenticeships and graduate schemes including ‘Video Diaries’ and films of ‘Hub days’.

Co-operative Foodfood

Co-operative Food is one of the UK’s leading food retailers with almost 3,000 stores around the country and 15,000 product lines.

On the website: Information about their apprenticeships, which provide a Level 2 qualification and key skills in literacy and numeracy.

Deloitteprofessional and financial services

Deloitte is a well-renowned professional firm providing audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services with local offices around the world.

On the website: Description of their ‘BrightStart school leavers scheme’ which aims to recruit students who have good A-levels or equivalent qualifications, and help them get going on their professional careers.

EA Gamesentertainment

EA Games is one of the largest video game producers in the world and recently launched Sim Social, one of the fastest growing games on Facebook.

On the website: Interviews with current interns and graduates who talk about their responsibilities and their favourite games.

EDF Energyenergy

EDF Energy is one of the largest suppliers of gas and electricity to UK homes and businesses, and specialists in nuclear power generation.

On the website: Videos of employees in their offices doing their work.


EMI Group is a major music business recording some of the world’s most famous artists.

On the website: A section on internships, explaining how they give an insight into the music industry and that around half of interns in the past year have gone on to paid employment.


E.ON generates electricity for the UK's homes and businesses, and provides power and gas to millions of people across the country. If you join as an apprentice, you will gain a NVQ Level 3, BTEC National Certificate and an Advanced Apprentice Certificate in under four years.

On the website: Video interviews of a variety of employees working in different areas of the company ranging from customer service to sales to engineering.


EvoEnergy is a leading player in the solar panels industry, installing thousands of systems across the country and helping to cut carbon emissions at the same time.

On the website: ‘Domestic testimonials’ where customers provide feedback on projects that EVO has completed and case studies where they have helped people produce their own renewable energy.


GKN is a global engineering group that operates in four business sectors: Automotive, Powder Metallurgy, Land Systems and Aerospace.

On the website: Videos of current employees explaining their daily responsibilities at the company.


GSK is a global company, headquartered in the UK, developing new medicines and healthcare.

On the website: Information about graduate programmes in different disciplines, eg: chemical, biopharmaceutical and mechanical – plus some university summer school placements


Goodrich supplies aerospace components, systems and services to the global defence and space markets.

On the website: There’s a Job Widget which allows you to search for new opportunities, do job searches and apply for jobs.

Jaguar Land Roverautomotive

Jaguar Land Rover is a world famous automotive company that exports vehicles to 170 countries around the globe.

On the website: ‘Our People’ where employees talk about the projects they’ve worked on and give you a virtual tour of their workplace.

Johnson & Johnsonhealth

Johnson & Johnson is one of the world’s largest health companies and has a very diverse business in medical devices and diagnostics.

On the website: A downloadable student brochure which outlines career entry points and provides extensive information about their leadership development programmes.

KPMGprofessional and financial services

KPMG is one of the famous ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms based in the UK. They are made up of a global network of professional firms offering Audit, Tax and Advisory services in 150 countries worldwide.

On the website: Outline of the levels they hire at, including places for people with excellent A-level grades – and they then pay for them to go on to university and/ or gain professional qualifications.

Marks & Spencer Foodsfood

M&S Foods is one of the UK's leading retailers of food, well known for their ‘own brand’ meals and high quality foods. They have more than 500 stores and serve tens of millions of customers every week.

On the website: A section on the website that has interviews with graduates who finished the scheme two years ago and it outlines how their careers have progressed.


McAlpine is one of the UK’s leading building and civil engineering companies. Their recent high-profile projects include the O2 Arena, Emirates Stadium, the Eden Project, Cabot Circus in Bristol, the M74 Completion in Glasgow and the Olympic Stadium.

On the website: Information about sponsoring students through their studies and providing them with vacation/industrial training periods as well as the promise of a career when you graduate.

Microsoftinformation technology

Microsoft develops and makes a wide range of products related to computing, most famously the software on our PCs – and they contribute to the video game industry with the Xbox and the Xbox 360.

At the end of the apprenticeship programme, successful apprentices are awarded an Advanced Apprenticeship Certificate from e-Skills UK – a qualification recognised nationally and internationally.

On the website: information about the wide range of different kinds of apprenticeships available including IT.

Monarch Airlinestransport

Monarch Airlines is one of the UK's largest charter airlines, carrying around 5.8 million passengers in a single year.

On the website: Short-term employment schemes in the summer or winter season, with the potential to lead to long-term employment.

National Gridenergy

National Grid connects people to the energy they use. The company is delivering some of the country’s biggest infrastructure projects to connect wind power and other forms of renewable energy into the grid.

On the website: A list of the wide-ranging career events the company holds where you can ask employees questions face-to-face and find out more about working there.

Network Railengineering; infrastructure

Network Rail operates the rail infrastructure in Great Britain. The company runs, maintains and develops Britain’s tracks, signalling system, rail bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 18 key stations.

On the website: Regular live web chats where you can ask their Apprentice Recruitment Team any questions you have about the apprenticeship course, your future career and life at Network Rail.


Nike is the world's leading supplier of athletic shoes and sportswear and a major manufacturer of sports equipment.

On the website: The ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section provides information about the company’s missions statement and opportunities to get sponsorship.


Nissan is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, which has recently invested in a new manufacturing plant in the North East of England.

On the website: An up-to-the-minute Twitter feed which aims to keep up with the latest job opportunities and news.


O2 is a mobile and broadband company, working on wi-fi coverage of the UK.

On the website: A section called ‘First Job’, highlighting an apprenticeship scheme in Operations for technical skills and a graduate scheme in finance, with case studies on ‘What it’s really like’.

Pinewood Studiosentertainment

Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio which has played host to huge blockbuster films, television shows, commercials and pop promos, and today is increasingly a leader in the use of digital media.

On the website: Information about their four week work placements, ranging from working in marketing to television facilities management or as a runner on the production sets.


Roche develops products and services for the early detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

On the website: A thought provoking set of photographs and explanations showing how they are making a difference to patients with cancer.

Rolls-Royceengineering; aerospace and power systems

Rolls-Royce is an advanced manufacturing company, making and servicing high-tech engines for use on land, at sea and in the air. It recruits hundreds of apprentices and graduates every year.

On the website: A section called ‘Profiles’ where graduates and apprentices from a variety of disciplines share their experience of working for the company and what their daily responsibilities are.

Severn Trent Waterwater

Severn Trent Water is one of the UK’s leading water services companies, supplying around two billion litres of drinking water every day - and treating about 2.7 billion litres of wastewater from communities and businesses.

On the website: Information about their four year apprenticeship scheme for school leavers, learning on-the-job while working towards NVQ or BTEC qualifications.


Skanska is one of the world’s leading construction groups, recognised for their sustainable buildings – and voted No.1 in The Sunday Times Best Green Companies Awards 2011.

On the website: ‘Meet Our Graduates’ has young employees talking passionately about their jobs.

Unileverfood and household products

Unilever produces household goods that are sold in 180 countries around the world, including many famous household brands, such as Dove in personal care and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream – the first ice cream to be taken into space, aboard the Space Shuttle.

On the website: Information on apprenticeships, graduate programmes, industrial placements and summer placements for students. Also a step-by-step outline of how to process a job application.

Virgin Mediatelecoms

Virgin Media is a well-known consumer brand, providing the fastest broadband in the UK, along with phone and television services across the country.

On the website: A ‘Meet the Team’ section allowing you to get to know employees from different sections of the company.


Vodafone is one of the UK’s biggest companies and operates mobile networks in more than 30 countries.

On the website: Videos with graduates talking about what life is like at Vodafone, and a section entitled, ‘What’s in it for me?’ outlining the benefits for employees.

Waitrose (John Lewis Partnership)food

Waitrose Limited is one of the UK’s leading supermarkets and was voted top food and grocery retailer in a poll conducted by Verdict research.

On the website: Graduate blog where people from different areas in the company write about their day-to-day experience of the scheme.