BAE Systems has made public plans to hire around 700 UK apprentices over the course of 2019 – a 30% increase on the previous year.
The new recruits will join BAE’s Air, Land and Maritime businesses in September 2019 and embark on one of 25 training initiatives. These will offer apprentices a valuable opportunity to combine full-time employment with study for a recognised qualification.
The air sector will account for the lion’s share of the apprentices, with almost half sited at BAE’s Samlesbury and Warton facilities. There they will have the chance to work on a diverse range of aviation projects including the Typhoon and F-35 – the world’s largest defence programme. The new recruits will also play a pivotal role in developing emerging technologies for future combat air systems, supporting UK combat air capability for years to come.
“I’m delighted that BAE Systems is taking on even more apprentices in 2019,” said Prime Minister Theresa May, “with 700 young people being given the opportunity to kick-start their careers in this world-class firm.
“Britain’s businesses have a hugely important role to play in training the next generation and themselves benefit by attracting diverse talent and improving their skills base. Through our modern Industrial Strategy we will encourage even more partnerships to create high-quality jobs across the UK.”
Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive Officer at BAE Systems, added: “We are proud to be one of the UK’s largest employers of apprentices and our plan to recruit nearly 700 apprentices next year reflects our ongoing commitment to nurturing talent and developing high-end skills for the future.
“With technology becoming ever more advanced and integrated in the workplace, it is crucial that we train the next generation of engineers and business leaders to develop the necessary skills which will be needed to drive innovation, solve complex challenges and build on our position as one of the UK’s most innovative and productive companies.”
BAE Systems invests an approximate £90 million each year in education, skills and early careers in the UK. The company has around 2,000 apprentices in training across its UK at any given time, with circa 95% securing permanent roles each year.
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