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BAE Systems training 2000+ apprentices across the UK

03 January 2017

BAE Systems announced that it’s currently training an unprecedented 2,036 apprentices across its UK-based defence and security businesses.

Bradley Smith - apprentice of the year (Credit: BAE Systems)

This number is the largest ever in the company’s history, equivalent to around six percent of its 34,000 UK employees. It also surpasses an original target to train 2,000 apprentices in 2018. The company has recently announced plans to recruit a further 574 apprentices in September 2017.

This figure helps the continuous need for highly skilled employees to work on two concurrent submarine programs at Barrow-In-Furness in Cumbria. 293 apprentices will join the current workforce on this project to help build a new Dreadnought class submarine and the four remaining Astute class of submarines. Both submarines are destined for the Royal Navy with the program expected to continue well into 2030. 

At BAE in the UK, 26 percent of the most recent apprentice intake are women and three and a half percent are from ethnic minority groups. It is hoped that even higher numbers will join in 2017.

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director at BAE Systems said: “This is a really exciting time to join BAE Systems as an apprentice. We offer a unique training experience and unrivalled opportunities to progress through our organisation regardless of background. Many of our senior Directors began their careers as apprentices and we pride ourselves on rewarding ability and commitment. The quality of the training we are able to offer also reflects the dedication of the hundreds of BAE Systems employees who train apprentices in the workplace - passing on their unique knowledge, expertise and experience to the next generation.”

Christina Dines, an award winning ex-apprentice from the Company’s site at Rochester in Kent added: “My apprenticeship changed the direction of my career to one I didn’t even know existed. I would absolutely recommend an apprenticeship with BAE Systems to anyone who wants to gain practical work experience, whilst working towards a career.”

Applications to join the 2017 training program can be made via The closing date is 28 February 2017.

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