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Cumbria employers in national top 10

Published on: Thursday 26th January 2017
Categorised under: Work , Apprentices, BAE Systems, Furness, GSK, Stay

Three of Furness' biggest employers feature in the top 10 of a national poll of employers for young people.

BAE Systems and GSK – both partners of Choose Cumbria – and Siemens are all featured in the Top 70 School Leavers Employers Table for 2017, published by website

This is based on more than 3,300 reviews from users of the site, which is designed to help young people make informed career choices and covers apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships, traineeships, gap year programmes and work experience opportunities.

BAE was the best-performing of the Furness trio and came fourth in the list, GSK were sixth and Siemens came seventh.

Ollie Sidwell, Co-founder of said, “Young people have never had as many options as they do now; university is no longer the only route to high achieving jobs and apprenticeships are not just for tradespeople.

"Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular as young people start to realise that university may not necessarily be for them. Apprenticeships can offer a lifeline to so many young people, giving them the chance to earn and learn on the job.

"We believe it’s vital that young people know and understand all their options before making difficult decisions that will affect their future career, which is why we are proud to have created the Top 70 School Leaver Employers Table 2017.”

Top spot overall went to consumer good giant Unilever. IT firm Cap Gemini, National Grid, engineering firm Leonardo, merchant bank J.P. Morgan, consumer firm Savers and accountants PwC completed the top 10.

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