BAE Systems say it will recruit more than 800 apprentices in the UK in 2020 – the highest number ever recruited by the firm.
The new recruits will join one of more than 25 apprenticeship programmes across our Air, Maritime, Land and Cyber divisions, benefitting from tailored schemes that combine recognised qualifications with on-the-job training.
The majority of the new apprentices will join either the Air or Maritime sectors where they will work on some of the most exciting and nationally important programmes in the UK. This includes developing future combat air technologies for the Royal Air Force and working on the Dreadnought programme – the new generation of submarine for the Royal Navy that will replace the current Vanguard class.
Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive, BAE Systems, 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 we remain at the forefront of technology and innovation and safeguard our national security for decades to come. As technology and our workplace evolves, it’s critical that we continue to invest in training the next generation of engineers and leaders. By working alongside industry peers, government and the education sector, we can ensure we are ready to respond to complex challenges of the future.”
BAE currently employ more than 34,000 people in the UK and are one of the country’s largest employers of engineers, with around 66 per cent of staff employed in engineering or engineering-related roles.