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BAE Systems Creating Over 1,650 Apprenticeships & Graduate Jobs

30 Dec 2021

BAE Systems Creating Over 1,650 Apprenticeships & Graduate Jobs

British security and defence firm BAE Systems is creating more than 1,650 apprenticeships and graduate jobs for young people in the UK next year.

The majority of the new opportunities will be based at BAE Systems’ operations in the north of England, with 750 graduate and undergraduate roles on offer - along with over 900 apprenticeships.

Almost half of the roles will be at BAE’s sites in the North West, with over 450 opportunities in Cumbria’s Barrow area alone.

Of the Barrow vacancies, more than 2 in 3 will be apprenticeships, with a further 120 opportunities for undergraduates and graduates to work on BAE’s submarine and jet operations.

The recruitment of young people by BAE represents a 25 per cent increase in last year’s intake and will mark the firm’s largest ever annual recruitment drive for their ‘early careers’ programme.

Just a few of the career areas which you can study towards at BAE Systems via their apprenticeships and graduate programmes include:

  • accountancy

  • aerospace engineering

  • cyber security

  • electronic systems design

  • human resources.

  • software development

Announcing the recruitment drive, BAE Systems’ chief executive officer, Charles Woodburn, said: “Creating high quality employment opportunities for young people across the country ensures we retain the critical capabilities we need to sustain our business for the long-term, while also helping to drive growth across the UK’s regional economies.

“Early careers employees are the foundation of our future and the diversity of skills and experience they bring enables us to continue to innovate and deliver the very best technology and support to our armed forces,” added Mr Woodburn.

Welcoming the announcement, Alex Burghart, the Department for Education’s apprenticeships and skills minister,.said:

“It is brilliant that BAE Systems is committed to supporting our future workforce through the power of apprenticeships. Apprenticeships play a vital role in giving people the ability to earn while they learn, and the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Chloe Silver is currently an apprentice working towards a project management degree within BAE Systems’ Submarines operation.

Explaining why she is relishing the role at BAE, Ms Silver said: “When I finished college, I knew I wanted to get stuck into the world of work straight away. But I also wanted to gain more qualifications, so I decided an apprenticeship was the best route for me.”

"It’s really important that young people can access job opportunities wherever they live, without having to move away. That’s exactly what I’ve experienced with the wide range of opportunities on offer at BAE Systems.”

“Since joining [BAE] in September I’ve had some great highlights, including supporting the business’ early careers operations. I’m really excited for what the future holds,” enthused the young apprentice.

BAE Systems employs around 90,000 people around the world, with 35,000 working at the company’s 50 bases in the UK alone.

Almost 1 in 10 of the current UK workforce at BAE Systems is either an apprentice, an undergraduate or a graduate working in a training role within the company’s business.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities at BAE then visit their careers site here. Note that the firm takes on graduates at various stages throughout the calendar year, but that, for the 2022 apprenticeship intake, applications close at the end of February next year.

You can find out more about working for the British firm by visiting our company profile for BAE Systems now.

You’ll also find a very wide range of current opportunities for young people in our apprenticeships and graduate jobs sections.

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