BAE Systems to begin roll out of record-breaking apprenticeship scheme

BAE Systems is unveiling a new apprenticeship scheme set to recruit over 800 new apprentices in the UK.

The apprenticeship scheme will be the largest ever, recruiting over 800 people across the UK. The majority of the new apprentices will join either the Air or Maritime sectors, 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.

BAE Systems currently employ more than 34,000 people in the UK and are one of the country’s largest employers of engineers, with around 66 per cent of staff employed in engineering or engineering-related roles. They invested more than £100m in education, skills and early careers activities in the UK in 2018 and have around 2,000 apprentices in training.

Chief Executive of BAE Systems, Charles Woodburn, 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.”

The apprenticeship recruitment window is open now and will run until 28 February 2020. More information is available on the BAE Systems website.

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