The new recruits will work at sixteen of our sites in the UK and join the Company in September 2014. The increase can in part be attributed to a requirement for hundreds of highly skilled submarine manufacturing employees to meet the largest workload for two decades at the shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. The yard is currently working on delivering the five remaining Astute class attack submarines and is recruiting to develop the new 'Successor' submarines which are due to replace the Vanguard class from 2028.
The breakdown of vacancies required is as follows:
- 272 roles are available at the submarine yard in Barrow with two roles at a sister submarine design site in Weymouth, Dorset
- 94 apprentices are also required for the military aircraft design and production sites in Warton and Salmesbury in Lancashire, as well as 17 for the site in Brough in Yorkshire.
- A further 48 trainees will join the Aircraft Maintenance Academy in Doncaster, Yorkshire
- Also in Yorkshire, six roles are available to work on developing cyber security software at the Leeds office
- In Portsmouth, Hampshire, 38 apprentices will be required to join the warship maintenance and servicing business, and one role is available with the radar programmes and manufacturing team in Cowes on the Isle of Wight
- In Scotland, 62 opportunities are available with BAE Systems' shipbuilding business on the Clyde in Glasgow and three apprentices will join the Regional Aircraft business in Prestwick
- The Company’s electronic systems business in Rochester, Kent will take on 15 apprentices
- A further six apprentices will join the munitions productions site with two each required for the factories at Radway Green in Cheshire, Glascoed in Monmouthshire and in Washington, Tyne and Wear
- Four apprentices will join the combat vehicles support business in Telford, Shropshire.
The announcement follows research by YouGov - commissioned by BAE Systems and the Royal Academy of Engineering in November - which revealed that public opinion regarding apprenticeships is changing rapidly, driving a boost in demand for places.
According to the research, almost half (46 per cent) of British parents of children aged 11-18 would encourage their children to take an apprenticeship. Forty-two per cent said that their perception of apprenticeships had changed positively in the last year, while over two-thirds (67 per cent) were pleased that apprenticeships are now presented as an attractive option for young people.
Apprentices are part of the fabric of BAE Systems, with half of senior executives at the military aircraft business joining as apprentices.
Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director at BAE Systems said: “Our additional intake of apprentices this year reflects workload requirements at the submarines business but the number also demonstrates the fantastic contribution and value that apprenticeships bring to BAE Systems. Apprentices are a vital part of our talent pool and we find that our training programmes really help young people develop their full potential and become financially stable at a relatively young age. This is a win-win situation for our apprentices, our Company and the wider economy.”
BAE Systems currently employs over 32,000 people in the UK, and is one of the UK’s largest employer 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.