BAE Systems set for record-breaking apprentice intake

Posted on - 27th December, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, People, Preston News
Learning to be a BAE apprentice
Learning to be a BAE apprentice

BAE Systems is set for a record-breaking apprentice intake as UK programmes are ramping up.


The company plans to recruit more than 800 apprentices in the UK in 2020 – this will be the highest number recruited to date.

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The new recruits will join one of more than 25 apprenticeship programmes across the Company’s Air, Maritime, Land and Cyber divisions. This will allow for them to benefit from tailored schemes that combine recognised qualifications with on-the-job training.

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The majority of the apprentices will work mainly in Air or Maritime sectors which they will work on some of the most exciting and important programmes in the UK. This will include developing future combat air technologies for the Royal Air Force and working on the Dreadnought programme – it is a new generation of submarine for the Royal Navy that will replace the current Vanguard class.


Chief Executive at 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 BAE Systems remains at the forefront of technology and innovation and safeguard our national security for decades to come.”

Engineering Degree Apprentice in BAE Systems’ Air Sector, Khadijah Ismail, said: “There are many benefits to undertaking an apprenticeship, from gaining years of credible, on-the-job engineering experience, to some that are more personal. For example, helping me to more confidently offer my views in the workplace.”

BAE Systems currently employs more than 34,000 people in the UK and is one of the country’s largest employers of engineers, with around 66% of its staff employed in the engineering or engineering-related roles.

The apprenticeship recruitment window is open now and will run until 28 February 2020. To apply and find out more about the opportunity click here.

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