We asked graduates ‘how would you rate the training at your company?’ across all sectors…

Whilst four of the top five spots were as expected, with Insurance (8.54), Property (such as training for surveyors) (8.46), Law (8.42) and Accounting (8.26) included, Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism were the fourth highest rated sector for training, with a strong score of 8.38/10. This goes to show that if you’re a graduate interested in the best training, you don’t necessarily have to go down the Law, Accounting & Insurance route!

So who are the best employers in these top five sectors?

Sector Top Rated Larger Intake Firm Top Rated Smaller Intake Firm
Accounting & Insurance Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd Chaucer Syndicates
Property Barratt Developments Taylor Wimpey
Law Reed Smith Mills & Reeve LLP
Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism Expedia.com TUI Group

 

 

 

 

 

As Barratt Developments came out as the top rated employer for training in 2015/2016, let’s take a look at what their graduates have to say about them…

Average graduate salary: £23,000 – £25,000

Average working hours: 8am – 5pm

The graduate scheme is the best thing about Barratt Developments. The graduate scheme is well coordinated and structured, providing graduates with the opportunity to work in each discipline of the business. This gives the graduate an excellent overview of the business before specialising in their chosen discipline. The graduate scheme also offers extensive training opportunities and gets graduates involved in projects to improve the business nationally and charity projects. Working in housebuilding is an opportunity to work in a varied, exciting and fast paced environment. It allows you to contribute to changing the nature of the natural environment, creating a legacy of well designed housing developments.
Graduate, at Barratt Developments
 
Barratt Developments are the nation’s leading house builder both through volume and the way in which they operate. The company is constantly striving to be at the forefront of the industry through the use of new techniques and technology. They also train their staff to the highest standards and the graduate scheme is the best out there if you are looking for personal development. There are not many bad things to report. However, the company does push their staff hard to achieve results and therefore, you have to perform to the required standards. It also depends division by division, but I would like there to be a better social aspect of working for the company.
Graduate, Sales at Barratt Developments
 
The best thing about being part of Barratt’s Aspire Graduate Programme is the fantastic training opportunity and the chance to spend the first year rotating around six key areas of the business. Not only do graduates gain an insight into how the business works as a whole and make contacts in a number of different departments; this experience also enables us to decide where in the business we feel we can make the biggest impact. We have great relationships with other graduates on the programme, despite being spread across the country. Every 6-8 weeks we meet up for a course – these can include training in specific areas of our business as well as development in areas such as leadership, project management, team work and personal growth… One negative is that if a department has not had a graduate before, they might not know quite what to do with us at first. However, this gives us the opportunity to shape our own learning plan. While rotating around different departments is fantastic, it sometimes means leaving a particular project unfinished and having to pass it on to other members of the team.
Design and Technical Graduate, Design and Technical Department at Barratt Developments
 

 
When each graduate completes a job review with TheJobCrowd, we ask them a number of questions such as ‘what is most important to your career?’ or ‘how long do you expect to stay in your current job?’. These responses from thousands of grads have given us some great insights into what they’re really after.

To find out more about TheJobCrowd’s graduate insights, say hello at info@thejobcrowd.com

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