Advanced defence technology manufacturer BAE plans to recruit nearly 700 apprentices across its UK business in 2019, a 30% increase on last year.
The new apprentices will join the ‘Air, Land and Maritime’ businesses in September 2019 and will “embark” on one of 25 training programmes, which provide the opportunity to combine full time employment with studying for a recognised qualification.
According to the group the ‘Air’ sector is recruiting almost half of the company’s UK apprentices at its sites in Samlesbury and Warton, where they will have the opportunity to work on a unique range of projects including Typhoon, F-35 – the world’s largest defence programme.
The group said the apprentices will play a key role in developing emerging technologies for future combat air systems, “supporting the UK’s world-leading combat air capability for decades to come”.
Prime minister Theresa May said: “I’m delighted that BAE Systems is taking on even more apprentices in 2019, with 700 young people being given the opportunity to kick-start their careers in this world-class firm.
“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.”
Charles Woodburn, CEO 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.”