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Apprenticeships are our future,
so we invest in yours
There are more than 25 award-winning apprenticeships on offer at BAE Systems. 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.
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’ll 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 to our customers. With an average of 2,000 apprentices in learning, you’ll be joining others who’ll become great colleagues and friends for life.

Here are just some of the apprenticeships we offer:

    • Software Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Project Management
    • Maintenance
    • Finance
    • Business
    • Aircraft Maintenance
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Management: Design
    • Sheet Metal
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Apprentice career open events

Naval Ships

Thurs 12/12/19 17:30-20:30 West College Scotland College Square, Queens' Quay, Clydebank G81 1BF
Join us at West College Scotland to discover all ways you can play a part in our Naval Ship business. Early careers routes into BAE Systems Naval Ships is a smart way to earn as you learn, building professional skills and qualifications whilst securing a long term future career. This year we are recruiting for a number of different Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree apprenticeships.


Martime Services

Tues 10/12/19 18:00-20:00
Weds 11/12/19 18:00-20:00
HM Naval Base Portsmouth
Main Rd, Portsmouth
Are you interested in an apprenticeship with us in Maritime Services? If you are, then you might like to come along to one of our open evenings at Portsmouth Naval Base. You'll get to speak to our current apprentices and engineers to hear about the work that they do, and what they love about working here. We're looking for people who have the potential to participate in our Engineering and Business schemes, and go on to have exciting careers with us in the longer-term. So if you're over 16 (or will be 16 in September 2020) and you think you have what it takes, come and talk to use.
Come along and register as soon as possible by emailing entry is by ticket only, making sure you tell us which session you're registering for and who you are bringing with you (no more than two additional names)
Closing date for registration Friday 6 Dec 2019.
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Air Apprentice Career Open Events

We’re at the start of an exciting journey which will see us design, develop, produce and deliver the next generation of combat aircraft. Join us and you’ll be creating technologies for aircraft which will be flying for decades to come - securing the skies over the UK and around the world today, and in the future.
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Looking for something else? Why not pre-register your details and be one of the first to know when your preferred roles are open by completing a pre-registration form using the link below.
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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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Featured Roles



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)
  • National Union of Students (NUS) membership which offers discounts on goods and services all over the country.
  • 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.

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

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If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the Apprentice Recruitment Team on 01772 677277 or email 
Please note that we are able to discuss the application with the candidate only.
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