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Training for Engineering apprentices in supplier companies

Apprentices at work
In a pilot initiative with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), we will begin training 50 apprentices for companies in its North West supply chain in September 2013.

Interested supplier companies attended a conference today at the firm’s Apprentice Training Centre in Preston where the 50 young people will be trained. The successful candidates will receive a sought-after three-year apprenticeship in engineering from us before joining a company which supplies components or services to our military aircraft  business in Lancashire or our submarine design and building facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Today’s conference follows UKCES’s announcement on 11 September 2012 of £165M funding under an Employer Ownership Pilot which will create thousands of jobs for young people. As part of this, £1.4M was awarded to us to train the 50 apprentices, which we are matching with our own funds and resources.

Steve Lee from Regal Precision Engineering, one of the supplier companies who attended the conference said: “Regal is not alone in finding that the major constraint in business growth is the lack of skilled people. This initiative seeks to address the problem by creating a generation of talented machinists for the manufacturing sector.”

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director added:“‘This pilot scheme is a win-win situation. Supplier companies with more limited resources can access first-class training programmes and facilities whilst larger businesses take responsibility for developing the specific skills they need to grow and sustain their business, and with it their supply chains. I am confident that the pilot will be successful and in time, we can extend this scheme to other parts of the UK.”

We have around 1,000 apprentices in training in our three year apprenticeship programme, which has one of the highest completion rates in the engineering sector and was rated Grade 1 – ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED in July 2010. We were also awarded the National Apprentice Award for the Macro Employer of the Year. Apprentice training is a key element of our Skills 2020 programme, which represents our commitment to ensuring it has the right skills to remain competitive and operate successfully in the UK over the next decade, into 2020 and beyond. We invest more than £83M per annum in the UK in education and schools activity, university partnerships and training and development for employees.

For further information, please contact:
Kate Watcham, BAE Systems
Tel: 01252 383550 Mobile: 07793 420731
kate.watcham@baesystems.com


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