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Revealed: The 100 most popular employers as voted for by school students

The same survey also asked school students which universities they would most like to attend and the 20 most popular universities are being announced at the same time.

The results of the survey will be published in a new careers directory The UK’s 100 most popular employers for School Leavers which will be distributed to schools free of charge in March 2015. The directory is brought to you by GTI Media, publishers of the established and successful undergraduate equivalent, The Guardian UK300. The survey was designed by trendence, a leading international research consultancy, and supported by school’s careers experts CASCAID.

This is the first time that school students have been asked to rank employers and the results will be eagerly analysed by the growing number of recruiters who are targeting schools to promote their school leaver programmes and apprenticeships as a real alternative to university.

The UK’s 100 most popular employers for School Leavers is one of a series of careers products for schools/school leavers being produced by GTI Media in 2015, joining the established National Schools Challenge and the new Construction, Engineering and Property for School Leavers. It’s becoming apparent that employers from all sectors are looking to engage with school students to promote their brand and their opportunities – and GTI Media has responded with a suite of careers products based on expert knowledge and up-to-date information.

Matt Dacey, Head of Products and Services at GTI Media, says: “Recent trendence research into the career plans of Year 10-13 students has shown how early they start to think about their futures. However, to make the best choice of career and employer, students and their parents need the right kind of information and we are delighted to launch The UK’s 100 most popular employers for School Leavers to help them identify the best-matched opportunities and the widest range of recruiters.”

The top five companies to work for were voted as:

1. BBC

2. NHS Careers

3. MI5 - The Security Services

4. Microsoft

5. ITV

The top five universities:

1. University of Cambridge 

2. University of Oxford

3. University of Manchester

4. University of Nottingham
5. Imperial College, London

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