Fri, 06 November 2015

BAE Systems has welcomed more than 1,000 apprentices and graduates into its UK business this year, marking the largest intake in the Company’s history.

The new recruits, most of whom will be trained in engineering related roles, will have the opportunity to enhance their skills and learn how to develop cutting edge defence, aerospace and security technologies.

The Company’s sought-after training programmes reflect its long-term commitment to delivering high quality apprentice and graduate programmes and the aim to ensure more young people have the right skills to meet future workload demands.

Of the record 724 apprentices who joined the Company last month, 75 will be based at the Maritime Services business located in Portsmouth and Cowes, Isle of Wight. This business requires new employees to deliver strategically important work including the maintenance of the Type 45 Destroyers, the design and manufacture of land based radars or the modernisation of the HM Naval Base Portsmouth ahead of the arrival of the first of class aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, in 2017.

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director, Programmes and Support, BAE Systems said: “We have a long and proud history of nurturing young talent and we recognise the importance of providing consistently high levels of training.  Each year we invest more than £80M in education and skills related activities to ensure we are developing the right skills to meet the future demands of our business.  The apprentices and graduates joining our business this year have exciting futures ahead of them, and many of them will end up playing pivotal roles in developing, building and supporting cutting-edge products that will safeguard national security in years to come."

Minister of State for Skills, Nick Boles MP said: “BAE Systems has long recognised the huge value apprentices bring to its business. This record intake can look forward to high quality training and a regular wage as they set up for a rewarding career.” 

Top tier apprenticeships are vital to the prosperity of the engineering sector and the wider UK economy. Earlier this year BAE Systems released data showing labour productivity for its workforce is double the UK average.  

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