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BAE SYSTEMS WINS TWO APPRENTICESHIPS AWARDS

BAE Systems won the Macro Employer of the Year Award and the Recruitment Excellence Award in recognition of its dedication to delivering high-quality apprenticeships

BAE Systems collected two trophies at the National Apprenticeship Awards, while an apprentice from the organisation’s Warton site was Highly Commended. The engineering firm won the Macro Employer of the Year Award and the Recruitment Excellence Award in recognition of its dedication to delivering high-quality apprenticeships.

The awards, in their 15th year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise businesses that grow their own talent through apprenticeships and individual apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

Steve Fogg, managing director of BAE Systems Shared Services, said: “We have a long history of nurturing skills and our apprenticeships offer vocational experience as well as training up to degree and masters level.

“We are immensely proud to receive these awards and I congratulate all those involved in delivering our apprenticeships and ensuring our apprentices receive the very best in training, support and career opportunities.”
Lucas Benson, a craft apprentice at BAE Systems who was shortlisted for the Advanced Apprentice of the Year award, was Highly Commended for his work on complex engineering projects such as the F-35 and Hawk at the Company’s Air business based at Warton.

Damian Hinds, education secretary, said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way for anyone to gain new skills and forge a career in anything from aerospace engineering to nursing. The National Apprenticeship Awards is a fantastic event to celebrate the achievements of apprentices, employers and training providers, and I want to wish all the winners and nominees congratulations on their incredible efforts.”

BAE Systems invests approximately £90m per year in education, skills and early careers activities and has approximately 2,000 apprentices in training across its UK businesses at any given time, with around 95 per cent on average securing permanent roles each year.

In addition, the company was recently ranked the number one employer of apprentices in the UK on review website Rate My Apprenticeship.