BAE Systems Named ‘Macro Employer Of The Year’ At National Apprenticeship Awards

Wed, 27 January 2016

BAE Systems has been awarded ‘Macro Employer of the Year’ at the National Apprenticeship Awards in London, recognising the Company’s dedication for delivering high-quality apprenticeships. 

The Awards, now in their twelfth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise businesses that grow their own talent through apprenticeships and individual apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces. BAE Systems was also named in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service, recognising excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

Speaking at the awards ceremony Skills Minister Nick Boles said:
“Congratulations to BAE Systems for your success at the National Apprenticeship Awards. Apprenticeships truly are set to be one of the great success stories of the decade and BAE Systems is a worthy ambassador.  We are committed to 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 so that even more businesses can follow BAE Systems’ lead and reap the benefits of apprenticeships.”

Steve Fogg, Managing Director, BAE Systems Shared Services commented on the award:
"We are delighted to be awarded Macro Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards in recognition of our commitment to developing young talent.  We have a long history of nurturing skills and our apprenticeships offer vocational experience as well as training up to degree and masters level.  We are immensely proud to receive this award and I congratulate all those involved in delivering our apprenticeships and ensuring BAE Systems' apprentices receive the very best in training, support and career opportunities."

Joanne Sharples, a BAE Systems apprentice who was shortlisted for the ‘Higher Apprentice of the Year’ award, was highly commended for her role as an apprentice ambassador and for her work on complex engineering projects such as the F-35 and the Typhoon at the Company's Military Air and Information business based at RAF Coningsby.

BAE Systems’ sought-after apprenticeships reflect its long-term commitment to delivering high quality training.  Earlier this month, BAE Systems announced it will take on a record 142 higher and degree level apprentices as part of a wider recruitment of more than 680 apprentices in 2016. For the first time the Company will also offer a masters level apprenticeship, with 18 employees due to start the Systems Engineering Level 7 apprenticeship at Cranfield University this year.

The National Apprenticeship Service challenged the nation’s top apprenticeship employers and apprentices to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to them. In the regional awards BAE Systems was named the London regional winner of the National Apprenticeship Awards in 2015.

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