Looking ahead: BAE Systems apprentice program accepting near to 700 new apprentices this year

Updated on Friday 4 January 2019, 3:28 PM

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BAE Systems are planning to recruit 700 apprentices in September 2019, a 30 percent increase on last year through 25 training programmes!

The new recruits will join the Air, Land and Maritime businesses and provide the opportunity of full-time employment alongside studying for recognised qualifications, giving 700 people the opportunity to earn while learning.

Almost half of the company’s U.K apprentices will be recruited by the Air sector at its sites in Samlesbury and Warton, where they will have the opportunity to work on a distinctive range of exciting   projects including Typhoon, F-35 – the world’s largest defence programme – and play a pivotal role in developing emerging technologies for future combat air systems, supporting the UK’s world-leading combat air capability for decades to come.

Prime Minister, Theresa May, said: “I’m delighted that BAE Systems is taking on even more apprentices in 2019, with 700 young people being given the opportunity to kick-start their careers in this world-class firm. Britain’s businesses have a hugely important role to play in training the next generation and themselves benefit by attracting diverse talent and improving their skills base. Through our modern Industrial Strategy, we will encourage even more partnerships to create high-quality jobs across the UK.”

Ahmed Munshi, 22, from Samlesbury, Lancashire, is in his penultimate year of a Project Management Apprenticeship. Ahmed said: “When I finished school, I was encouraged to follow a route into university however I wanted to gain a practical, hands-on experience while earning and studying for a degree. My apprenticeship experience has been at full speed from the beginning and really pushes me to exceed – both in my work placements and during my studies towards my degree.

I would absolutely recommend an apprenticeship with BAE Systems to anyone who wants to gain practical work experience, while working towards a career with real long-term prospects.

BAE Systems invests approximately £90 million each year in education, skills and early careers activities in the UK, with around 2,000 apprentices in training across its UK businesses at any given time, with around 95% of apprentices securing permanent roles each year.

BAE Systems was recently named the number one employer of apprentices in the UK on the review website, Rate My Apprenticeship and also winning awards such as Macro Employer of The Year 2018 Award and the Recruitment excellence Award at the 2018 National Apprenticeships Awards, recognising the businesses relentless dedication to delivering exceptional apprenticeships and permanent roles after.

With huge incentives for young engineers offered by BAE Systems, 2019 is set to be another year of growth not only for the company but also for U.K manufacturing as a whole.

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