BAE Systems is recruiting for hundreds of apprentices

Posted on - 29th December, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
Learning to be a BAE apprentice
Learning to be a BAE apprentice

Hundreds of new apprentices are due to be recruited by BAE Systems.


One of Preston’s largest employers is taking on nearly 700 apprentices across the UK, with 262 across the North West at Samlesbury and Warton.

Combining full-time employment with studying for a recognised qualification the apprenticeships run across air, land and maritime businesses.

The air sector at Samlesbury and Warton is taking on almost half of the UK apprentices to work on the Typhoon and F-35.

Chief executive at BAE Systems 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 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.”

Many of the apprentice roles are in the air sector at BAE
Many of the apprentice roles are in the air sector at BAE

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “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.”

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When do you need to apply by?

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2019. And applications need to be made via the BAE website.

How can I find more information?

There’s an open day at the BAE Systems Academy for Skills and Knowledge, BB2 7FT on Thursday 7 February 2019. You need to sign up via the BAE website.

What’s it like being an apprentice?

Ahmed Munshi, 22, from Samlesbury is in his penultimate year of a project management apprenticeship.

Ahmed Munshi

He said: “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.”

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