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BAE Systems To Create 700 New UK Apprenticeships In 2019

27 Dec 2018

BAE Systems To Create 700 New UK Apprenticeships In 2019

BAE Systems have announced plans to take on 700 new apprentices in 2019, up almost a third on their 2018 apprenticeship intake.

The 700 apprenticeships will be created in September but recruitment will be carried out throughout the year.

25 different apprenticeship programmes are on offer at BAE Systems and the new recruits will work throughout BAE’S air, land and maritime operations.

Almost 350 of the new apprentices will be based at Samlesbury and Warton in Lancashire, working on BAE’s Air division.

Around 3 in 5 apprentices at BAE Systems train for three to four years on engineering-related apprenticeships and many go on to gain Bachelor or Master’s degrees as part of their scheme.

Announcing the new apprenticeship opportunities, BAE Systems’ Chief Executive Officer, Charles Woodburn, said: “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 emerging technologies 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,” added Mr Woodburn.

A current BAE Systems Project Management Apprenticeship, Ahmed Munshi, who is based at Samlesbury in Lancashire, also commented, saying: “When I finished school, I was encouraged to follow a route into university. However, I wanted to gain a practical, hands-on experience while earning and studying for a degree.”

“My apprenticeship experience has been at full speed from the beginning and really pushes me to exceed, both in my work placements and during my studies towards my degree. I would absolutely recommend an apprenticeship with BAE Systems to anyone who wants to gain practical work experience, while working towards a career with real long-term prospects,” added Mr Munshi

Prime Minister Theresa May, welcome the announcement, saying: “I'm delighted that BAE Systems is taking on even more apprentices in 2019, 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,” added Mrs May.

BAE Systems currently provides jobs for around 2,000 apprentices, around one in seventeen of their total UK workforce of more than 34,000 employees. Approximately 95 per cent of BAE Systems’ apprentices go on to secure a permanent role with the company once they complete their programme.

In recognition of their efforts, BAE Systems recently won an accolade for Recruitment Excellence at the 2018 National Apprenticeship Awards. They were also recently awarded number one spot as an apprenticeship provider by the Rate My Apprenticeship website.

You can find out more about jobs, careers and apprenticeships at the company by visiting our profile for BAE Systems. And why not learn all about Engineering apprenticeships and apply for live vacancies before leaving our website today?

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