Employer Ownership Programme

Maritime apprentices
BAE Systems has been awarded government funding for an Employer Ownership of Skills Programme, supporting local businesses in the Solent region to recruit and train apprentices.

In 2015 BAE Systems will be offering additional opportunities for apprenticeship applicants to work for a selection of approved engineering organisations in the Solent region.

Twenty Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering placements will be offered to local businesses, including our supply chain, who are looking to recruit candidates to work as electrical and mechanical fitters, welders, fabricators, outfitters, pipe workers and joiners.

Under the programme individuals will join BAE Systems dedicated Skills Development Centre at HM Naval Base Portsmouth where they will spend their first year being trained alongside BAE Systems own apprentices, preparing them for the workplace. They will will train in a safe and modern training environment, undertaking essential competency training for their trade in addition to core skills such as team working, IT and project management.

After the first year they will be placed in the selected company for the completion of the apprenticeship, where BAE Systems will provide review services - assessing them in the workplace and providing support throughout their programme.

Are you a company interested in participating?

Companies that are interested in participating in the Employer Ownership Programme should contact Hayley Tod at for more information.

Our commitment

Apprentice training is a key element of our Skills 2020 programme, which represents our commitment to ensuring we have the right skills to remain competitive and operate successfully in the UK 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 our employees.