BAE Systems receives funding to train apprentices for companies in its supply chain

BAE Systems’ apprentice training has been awarded ‘Grade one – outstanding’ by OFSTED
Along with Siemens, Nissan and 35 other companies in the UK, BAE Systems has received some £1.4M out of a total fund of £67M made available by the Government today for companies to train young people. The Company is matching this funding.

From 2013, BAE Systems will be training an additional 50 apprentices for companies in its North West supply chain at the Preston Training Centre. As well as this an extra 88 graduate interns will be given opportunities across the UK business and the Company is also offering two week work placements for 32 young people who are not currently in employment, education or training a two week placement. This is part of our on-going work with the Prince’s Trust which has already led to two young people starting apprenticeship training with the Company this September.

The first round of co-investments by Government and businesses is expected to create:

  • 11,000 apprenticeships, including 4400 for 16-18 year olds
  • 27,000 full time equivalent non-apprenticeship vocational training opportunities
  • 49,000 other learning or training opportunities, including work experience and work placements

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP said: "Britain must have the skills Britain’s employers need. By giving businesses the chance to shape and set their own training agenda, we’re giving them the power to enrich their workforce with the skills needed for their future success."

Nigel Whitehead added: "With funding through the Employer Ownership Pilots, businesses have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to grow their organisations and help rebalance the economy."