Next year's intake surpasses the record set in the previous year by 142 places and includes 45 places for apprentices who will eventually join companies in BAE Systems' supply chain or work in local engineering companies. The latter are funded under the Government's Employer Ownership Programme.
The new recruits - two-thirds of whom will be employed in engineering-related roles - will work across 14 of BAE Systems’ aerospace, security and defence sites around the UK and join the Company in September 2015. A significant portion of the apprentices will be based at the submarine design and manufacturing site in Barrow-in-Furness shipyard in Cumbria, which requires hundreds of highly skilled staff to deliver the five remaining Astute class attack submarines and to develop the new 'Successor' submarines which are scheduled to replace the Vanguard class from 2028.
The breakdown of vacancies available is as follows:
- 305 apprentice and 30 higher apprentice roles at Barrow, with 4 other higher apprentice roles split across sister submarine design sites in Weymouth, Dorset and Ash Vale, Surrey
- 83 apprentice and 51 higher apprentice roles required for the military aircraft design and production sites in Warton, Preston, Brough in Yorkshire and Yeovil, Somerset. An additional 25 apprentices will be trained for supplier companies in the North West.
- 143 apprentice and 14 higher apprentice roles at the ship-building and support sites in Glasgow and Portsmouth. BAE Systems will also train an additional 20 apprentices will be trained for engineering companies in the Solent.
- 10 apprentice roles are available at the Company’s electronic systems business in Rochester, Kent
- 8 apprentice roles at BAE Systems' cyber security and intelligence arm whose offices are in Leeds, Yorkshire and Guildford, Surrey
- 6 roles with the Combat Vehicles UK business in Telford, Shropshire
- 6 roles with the Munitions UK business divided equally between three sites: Glascoed in Monmouthshire, at Washington, Tyne and Wear and at Radway Green in Cheshire
- 4 with the Naval Combat Systems business, across two sites in Surrey (Frimley and New Malden)
- 1 apprentice role at the radar programmes and manufacturing site in Cowes, Isle of Wight
The Company, which is keen to achieve a better gender balance in engineering, is hoping that even more women will apply for apprenticeship programmes. In 2014 17% of its apprentice intake was female and it is hoped that higher numbers of women will join in 2015 as BAE Systems is committed to increasing the diversity of its apprentice intake. In recent years BAE Systems began specific engineering projects with local schools designed to appeal to girls. This work aligns with the Government's Your Life campaign which aims to promote the benefits of a career in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Richard Hamer, Education Director & Head of Early Career Programmes at BAE Systems, said: “As well as reflecting the workload at our sites, our year-on-year increase in apprentice recruitment reflects the continued success of our training programmes in developing skilled and committed employees who are highly valued by the business. Our apprentices have a fantastic track record of reaching the highest leadership positions at BAE Systems with the MD of our military aircraft business beginning his career as an apprentice.”
Skills Minister Nick Boles added: “Today’s figures from BAE Systems demonstrate the huge progress that has been made under this Government in ensuring young people are entering into high quality apprenticeships. The input of employers such as BAE Systems has been absolutely crucial to this progress, and I congratulate the company on the success of its excellent apprenticeships programme.
“In light of the Government’s commitment to attracting more women into careers around science, technology, engineering and maths, particularly through the Your Life campaign, BAE’s efforts to recruit female apprentices are also hugely welcome.”
BAE Systems currently employs over 33,000 people in the UK, and is one of the UK’s largest employers of engineers. The Company's apprentice programme, which has one of the highest completion rates in the engineering sector, was voted ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED in 2010 and has a number of accolades to its name including the National Apprentice Award for the Macro Employer of the Year in 2011.
For details of BAE Systems’ apprentice vacancies, visit: www.baesystems.com/apprentices