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BAE INCREASES APPRENTICE INTAKE BY 30 PER CENT

BAE Systems Typhoon

BAE Systems will recruit nearly 700 apprentices in 2019, marking an increase of almost one third over the previous year. Around half of the the new apprentices – 262 in total – will be based at either Samlesbury or Warton in Lancashire, working on the defence giant’s air projects such as the Typhoon and F-35.

The other recruits will join the land and maritime businesses around the UK. The new intake will begin their training programmes in September, combining full-time employment with studying for a recognised qualification.

Charles Woodburn, chief executive officer at BAE Systems, said: “We are proud to be one of the UK’s largest employers of apprentices and our plan to recruit nearly 700 apprentices next year reflects our ongoing commitment to nurturing talent and developing high end skills for the future.

“With technology becoming ever more advanced and integrated in the workplace, it is crucial that we train the next generation of engineers and business leaders to develop the necessary skills which will be needed to drive innovation, solve complex challenges and build on our position as one of the UK’s most innovative and productive companies.”

Prime minister Theresa May added: “Britain’s businesses have a hugely important role to play in training the next generation and themselves benefit by attracting diverse talent and improving their skills base. Through our modern Industrial Strategy we will encourage even more partnerships to create high-quality jobs across the UK.”

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

The company was recently named #1 employer of apprentices in the UK on review website Rate My Apprenticeship and won the Macro Employer of the Year Award and the Recruitment Excellence Award at the 2018 National Apprenticeship Awards, recognising the business’ dedication to delivering high-quality apprenticeships.