Recruitment drive for BAE

Apprentice: Business support engineer Sally Topping, who joined at Warton in 2011

Apprentice: Business support engineer Sally Topping, who joined at Warton in 2011

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BAE Systems will be taking on 710 apprentices across the UK this year – the highest intake in the company’s history.

It surpasses the record set last year by 142 places and includes 45 places for apprentices who will eventually join companies in BAE Systems’ supply chain or work in local engineering companies, funded under the government’s employer ownership programme.

The new recruits, two-thirds of whom will be employed in engineering-related roles, will work across 14 of BAE Systems’ aerospace, security and defence sites around the UK and join the company in September.

Many of the apprentices will be based at the submarine design and manufacturing site in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. A total of 83 apprentice and 51 higher apprentice roles will be required for the military aircraft design and production sites in Warton, Preston, Brough in Yorkshire and Yeovil, Somerset.

An additional 25 apprentices will be trained for supplier companies in the North West.