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First company signs up to innovative apprentice programme

Employer Over Training Scheme
Manchester based MSM Aerospace Fabricators has become the first company to sign up to a scheme which will see them employ two of our trained apprentices.

Launched last November, in a pilot initiative with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), we announced that starting this September we would begin training up to 50 apprentices for companies in our North West supply chain.

Successful candidates will receive a sought-after three-year apprenticeship in engineering from us whilst being employed by one of the many companies which supplies components or services to our military aircraft business in Lancashire, or our submarine design and manufacturing facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Their first year will be spent at our Preston Training Centre, followed by placements at their home company for two years before staring their full time career.

Mike Pedley, Managing Director for MSM said: “As a 3rd generation BAE Systems apprentice myself I am very aware of the huge value this form of training brings. Our business requires fabrication and welding NVQs, but also an appreciation of the full range of aerospace skills; this is something that, uniquely, the BAE Systems Preston Training School can provide. I am very happy for our apprentices to go through all the modules that the BAE Systems apprentices currently undertake. We would like to take on two apprentices through this scheme to start in September.”

Cliff Robson, Industrial Capability Director for BAE Systems said: “We are delighted that MSM Aerospace Fabricators has signed up to the scheme.  The pilot enables supplier companies, with more limited resources, to access first-class training programmes and facilities. This is a great opportunity for us to help our suppliers to grow and sustain their business, and with it strengthen our supply chain.”

Companies that are interested in participating in the Employer Ownership Pilot should contact Nigel Austin on 07793 422280 for more information.

Notes for Editors:

MSM manufactures and repairs complex, formed and welded aircraft components. For further information see