Record-Breaking Apprentice Intake Set as UK Programmes Ramp Up


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The new recruits will join one of more than 25 apprenticeship programmes across our Air, Maritime, Land and Cyber divisions, benefitting from tailored schemes that combine recognised qualifications with on-the-job training. 

The majority of the new apprentices will join either the Air or Maritime sectors where they will work on some of the most exciting and nationally important programmes in the UK. This includes developing future combat air technologies for the Royal Air Force and working on the Dreadnought programme—a new generation of submarine for the Royal Navy that will replace the current Vanguard class.

“It is absolutely brilliant that BAE Systems offers such a huge range of high-quality apprenticeship opportunities. These apprenticeships will be a great way to pursue exciting and rewarding careers in aviation, maritime and cyber security and will offer the chance to work on some of the UK’s most innovative and vital national programmes.”

Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive, BAE Systems, said: “Our apprentices are the lifeblood of our business. I’m incredibly proud of the significant contribution they make to the design and delivery of our most complex products, equipment and services, helping to ensure we remain at the forefront of technology and innovation and safeguard our national security for decades to come.

“As technology and our workplace evolves, it’s critical that we continue to invest in training the next generation of engineers and leaders. By working alongside industry peers, government and the education sector, we can ensure we are ready to respond to complex challenges of the future.”

Khadijah Ismail, an Engineering Degree Apprentice in our Air sector, said: “There are many benefits to undertaking an apprenticeship, from gaining years of credible, on-the-job engineering experience, to some that are more personal. For example, helping me to more confidently offer my views in the workplace. 

“Most significantly, my apprenticeship has allowed me to work alongside and learn from senior engineers and leaders from across our business. The opportunity I have to interact with different people and the exposure I have to a wide range of experiences is undoubtedly helping my development and shaping my future career prospects.”

We invested more than £100m in education, skills and early careers activities in the UK in 2018 and have around 2,000 apprentices in training across our UK businesses at any given time, with around 95% securing permanent roles.

We currently employ more than 34,000 people in the UK and are one of the country’s largest employers of engineers, with around 66% of staff employed in engineering or engineering-related roles. 

The apprenticeship recruitment window is open now and will run until 28 February 2020.

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