BAE Systems is set to add 300 more apprentices and graduates to its workforce in Scotland in 2024 as the company continues to increase its shipbuilding capacity.

This move is part of a broader strategy by BAE Systems to recruit almost 2,700 trainees across the UK, marking a notable increase in its commitment to developing young talent.

The Govan and Scotstoun sites in Glasgow, tasked with building the advanced Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy, will be major beneficiaries of this influx of new talent.

Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive, BAE Systems, said:

“As the UK’s largest manufacturer, we have sites located right across the country and we’re investing hundreds of millions of pounds to equip young people with the skills they need to achieve their full potential.  Providing high quality apprenticeships and graduate programmes gives young people a route into long-term employment and helps to grow the talent we need to deliver vital national defence and security programmes, including future fighter jets, nuclear-powered submarines and low earth orbit satellites.”

Minister for Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Skills, Robert Halfon, said:

“We need big employers on side in our efforts to build a skills and apprenticeships nation and this record-breaking announcement from BAE Systems is fantastic to see. Apprenticeships provide a ladder of opportunity for people to get in-demand skills and really push on in their careers, and these roles offered by a top apprenticeship employer will transform lives and boost growth right around the UK.”

Megan Pearson, former Software Degree Apprentice, BAE Systems’ Air sector, said:

“Embarking on an apprenticeship with BAE Systems after I completed my A-Levels helped me become financially independent, which benefitted both me and my parents. I’ve had the chance to work on a range of exciting projects and the flexibility of my apprenticeship means that I’m experiencing lots of new things and not tying myself to any one profession. A lot of my friends struggled with the immediate mind-set shift from school to work, but my apprenticeship provided a complete package with helpful support and guidance. It’s the ideal route for bridging the gap between school and the workplace.”

In 2023, BAE Systems invested about £180m in education and skills in the UK. The company currently trains over 5,500 apprentices and graduates, a figure that represents more than 10% of its nearly 40,000-strong UK workforce. Notably, almost a third of the apprentice joiners to the business’ early careers programmes were female in 2023, outperforming the industry average.

Region

Business

Apprentice

roles

Undergraduate

roles

Graduate

roles

Total

Scotland

Air – Prestwick

1

13

14

Air – Hillend

2

2

Land UK – Glasgow

1

1

Maritime Services – Hillend

3

3

Naval Ships – Glasgow

198

26

53

277

Shared Services – Glasgow

1

1

Scotland total

202

30

66

298

North West England

Air – Warton & Samlesbury

222

66

206

494

Digital Intelligence – Manchester

2

2

Head Office – Barrow, Warton & Samlesbury

1

1

Land UK – Barrow

8

3

11

Land UK – Radway Green

9

2

11

Shared Services – Preston

27

5

8

40

Submarines – Barrow

649

100

244

989

NW England total

916

176

460

1552

North East England /

Yorkshire and the Humber

Land UK – Washington & Ridsdale

5

5

Air – Brough & Humberside

53

6

37

96

Digital Intelligence – Leeds

3

5

8

NE England / Yorks & Humber total

58

9

42

109

South East England

Digital Intelligence – London, Guildford & Chelmsford

9

24

66

99

Electronic Systems – Rochester

30

34

29

93

Head Office – Frimley & Portsmouth

2

2

Maritime Services – Chelmsford

3

5

8

Maritime Services – Portsmouth & Cowes

109

34

40

183

Naval Ships – Hampshire (some roles also available in London and Filton)

13

1

7

21

Shared Services – Frimley

1

1

Shared Services – Guildford

2

2

Submarines – Hampshire (some roles also available in the South West – Dorset)

17

17

34

SE England total

182

97

164

443

South West England and Wales

Air – Christchurch & Yeovil

14

2

16

Air – Filton

4

2

6

Digital Intelligence – Gloucester

8

4

12

Maritime Services – Filton

1

1

Naval Ships – Filton & Dorchester

3

4

7

Submarines – Filton & Weymouth

15

59

74

SW England total

29

17

70

116

Land UK – Glascoed

16

1

6

23

Shared Services – Glascoed

3

3

Wales total

19

1

6

26

Other roles with flexible or TBC locations

Head Office

1

1

2

Maritime Services

3

16

19

Naval Ships

11

47

58

Shared Services

21

21

Submarines

11

11

31

53

Other total

11

26

116

153

Total

1417

356

924

2697

The closing date for apprentice applications is 28 February 2024, with graduate intakes throughout the year.

For more information and to apply, visit: baesystems.com/earlycareers and baesystems.com/experiencedprofessionals.

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
3 months ago

Always good news to have apprentices taken on in defence industries or any other industry for that matter.

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
3 months ago
Reply to  Geoff Roach

👍

Smickers
Smickers
3 months ago
Reply to  Geoff Roach

Yes
Totally agree

Can somebody tell me what is happening at Brough?
96 total intake this year
A few years ago I was worried with the Hawk orders running down that this site was vulnerable
BAE are maintaining present skilled workforce and investing in future

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
3 months ago
Reply to  Smickers

Sorry, can’t help you on this one.

JJ Smallpiece
JJ Smallpiece
3 months ago
Reply to  Smickers

Storing long lead items for submarines, last I heard.

JF
JF
3 months ago
Reply to  Smickers

They don’t just do hawk there, a lot of simulation stuff as well as work on tempest alongside the Wharton/samlesbury lot

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
3 months ago

Excellent news. Many of the delays to projects like T45 and Astute were due to the lack of new engineers coming up through the training pipeline and skill fade after big gaps between class building. Mistakes that should never be repeated.

Mike
Mike
3 months ago

Great news. One of the worst things to happen to uk was the dismantling of the apprentice system, the downplaying of skilled manual labour and the pushing of university for all.

Glad to see the uptake. Best of luck to these young people

Jacko
Jacko
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Yep they could all have gone to uni and learned sod all😉

terence patrick hewett
terence patrick hewett
3 months ago

Good news: appies are the future workforce.