Whatever your skills and ambitions and wherever in the UK you live, if you bring your commitment and energy, you’ll be able to make a difference here doing work that really matters. We even offer five different degree level apprenticeships.

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Find more details about the apprentice programmes we offer and find the one that inspires you.
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Thinking ahead? 2023 apprenticeship applications open on 1 November 2022.

Our success depends on investing in the talent we need to meet our customers' requirements for ground-breaking technology and flawless support. Apprentices are our future, so we invest in them. Whether you choose an engineering or a business apprenticeship you’ll be guaranteed a good salary; academic or vocational qualifications; hands-on training; and work where you can make a real contribution, doing work of vital importance. With an average of 2,000 apprentices in learning, you’ll be joining others who’ll become great colleagues and friends for life.
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Here are just some of the apprenticeships we offer:

  • Software Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Maintenance
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Welding
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Management 
  • Design
  • Sheet Metal

Khadijah - Degree Apprentice

Amy - Higher Apprentice

Grace - Degree Apprentice

Mark - Head of Apprenticeships


Engineering Technician Apprentice


Rewards & Benefits

  • We’ll pay your fees so your hard earned nationally recognised academic qualifications will be debt-free.
  • On-the-job training delivered by experienced professionals who’ll help you to achieve your goals.
  • Off-the-job training delivered in dedicated in-house training facilities or our partner colleges or universities.
  • Real work placements in our businesses working on landmark projects.
  • Activities designed to enrich your experience including team building, charity, skills competitions, opportunities to work with apprentices from all parts of our business on our innovation challenge and to help out in our work to encourage young people’s interest in STEM.
  • Competitive salary - The exact figure depends on what programme you choose.
  • Company pension scheme
  • Company share scheme
  • 25 days holiday (plus statutory holidays like Bank Holidays)
  • You could be eligible for the National Union of Students (NUS) membership which offers discounts on goods and services all over the country or other alternative student discounts.
  • A great job after completion is a very strong likelihood whether you choose to go for promotion and progression or remain doing a brilliant job in the role you’ve moved into. Around 95% of our apprentices stay with us and go on to have really successful careers.
  • A world of opportunities - We’re a global business and our Apprenticeships create the skills and experiences that help our people to travel far. There are increasing opportunities to travel and work overseas with our customers, on our exciting export programmes once you’ve completed your apprenticeship and are competent in your role.
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Employee success stories

At BAE Systems we celebrate the different experiences and ideas that a diverse workforce can bring. Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference and have their voice heard. Some of our people share how their careers have made a difference in their own words.
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Our approach

We’re an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all parts of our society. We are happy to discuss any necessary adjustments or arrangements that might help support your application. Within the company we have specialist employees whose job it is to champion diversity and inclusivity. They’re helped by a number of employee resource groups that support gender, disability and LGBT issues for our employees and create strong networks of support and interest.
We are committed to employee safety and welfare and operate a comprehensive safeguarding process, employee assistance programme and one-to-one help where needed. Our apprentices receive support from managers who are dedicated to helping them make the most of their programme. Many of our employees started their careers as apprentices and, working alongside you, they are passionate about inspiring you to achieve great things.
Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These mean that factors such as your nationality, any previous nationalities that you have held, and/or your place of birth my limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation. If you are concerned about how these limits may affect your application please email us.