Message from our Group Managing Director

Nigel Whitehead

"At BAE Systems we are extremely proud of the valuable contribution our apprentices make to our business.

BAE Systems is a company with great ambitions. It is crucial that we maintain a technological edge to deliver and support the most advanced aircraft, submarines and ships, security systems combat vehicles and munitions. Developing a pipeline of highly skilled employees is critical to our future success.”

 “We recruit bright, keen and talented individuals with a mind-set of wanting to challenge things and make a difference to how we work and, through our apprenticeship programmes, we give them training in engineering and manufacturing skills as well as business administration and information technology.  Furthermore our apprenticeship programmes provide an opportunity for us to build a more inclusive workplace and as part of this we work to encourage more young women to apply. Some of our most senior business leaders began their careers as apprentices. Whatever our apprentices go on to do, an apprenticeship is an excellent career choice.”

Nigel Whitehead

Thomas Hornsby, keeping it in the family 



Thomas Hornsby MA&I Apprentice

20 year-old Military Air and Information apprentice Thomas Hornsby has always had a keen interest in aviation, having cuaght the bug from his father who worked for the Company for over 30 years, and being a member of the air cadets in his childhood.

Ted shows where an apprenticeship can lead



Thirty one years ago Ted Creighton came in the Barrow shipyard along with some 600 other 16-year-old school-leavers to learn a trade and forge a career. Today he is masterminding improvements to Submarin'e sapprentice training that will help equip teh next generation of apprentices with the skills the industry needs.


Kathryn Price, achieving success as a mature apprentice

Kathryn Price

In the three years Kathryn has been in a training environment she has received some excellent results. Kathryn was recently awarded a BTEC National Award in Engineering and achieved a distinction in all nine units she undertook and a distinction star overall. 

Harrison Finch, Mechanical Electrical Apprentice

One of the youngest on the scheme when he started two years ago, Harrison decided to pursue an apprenticeship over a college course after realising that it presented a chance to develop skills he knew he already had.

Craig Tickle, Advanced Tool Making Apprentice

Craig Tickle

24 year old Craig Tickle has just finished his fourth year as an advanced tool making apprentice at BAE Systems’ Radway Green site near Crewe in Cheshire.

As part of his time at college, Craig took part in a unique project to take a photograph of the curvature of the earth.

Using items costing less than £100, he launched a helium balloon camera from his college in South Cheshire. Rising to exactly 100,000 feet to take a spectacular picture of the earth, it then popped on cue, and allowed the camera capsule to return to ground unharmed.