BAE training academy plans announced during Cameron visit

Prime Minister David Cameron talks during a visit to BAE Systems, in Preston. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Cameron. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron talks during a visit to BAE Systems, in Preston. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Cameron. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
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BAE Systems is to launch a new training academy, it announced today as Prime Minister David Cameron visited its Warton base to launch a new Degree Apprenticeships scheme.

A new £15.6m flagship training academy within the new Lancashire Enterprise Zone in Samlesbury will offer state-of-the-art facilities for BAE Systems apprentices and existing employees. It will be completed in time for the 2016 apprenticeship intake. The flexible, modern environment will accommodate a larger number of apprentices and greater engagement with schools.

During his visit, the Prime Minister spoke to more than 300 apprentices from companies across the North West, including many working on highly advanced engineering projects such as Eurofighter Typhoon, F-35 Lightning II and unmanned air systems.

Degree Apprenticeships are co-designed by employers to boost the employment prospects of apprentices. In some cases they will also lead to professional registration or chartered status with a relevant professional body.

The apprentice will be able to gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree without paying any fees as the cost of course fees are shared between Government and employers.

Mr Cameron said: “Apprenticeships are a key part of our long-term economic plan, giving people who want to work hard and get on with the chance to build their careers and secure a better future. Across the country people are taking up apprenticeships in record numbers and it is heartening to see such a major employer as BAE Systems at the forefront of this, leading the charge and investing in the future of the UK defence aerospace industry.”

Ian King, Chief Executive of BAE Systems said: “Our record apprentice intake and investment in a new training facility highlights the importance of apprentices as a means of developing the highly skilled, ambitious and enthusiastic workforce needed to deliver world-leading technologies. I’m extremely proud of our apprenticeship programme and the value it provides to BAE Systems and the UK. The programme has experienced significant growth and we are committed to ensuring those joining the Company have the best possible training experience, grounding them for the exciting, challenging careers that lie ahead.”