Young people will be able to train as airline pilots, lawyers, accountants and engineers as part of a government apprenticeship scheme.
Some 4,230 placements will be funded in the second round of the £25m higher apprenticeships initiative.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said they would help sectors tackle skills shortages and boost participation by under-represented groups like women.
The CBI said the scheme offered "a great route to a successful career".
Employers such as British Airways, Siemens, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Unilever and the UK Space Agency are involved in the scheme.
Participants are able to pursue degree-level study while getting paid. READ MORE