Thousands apply for apprenticeships

BAE systems, Warton community feature.
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More than 2,000 people have applied to join the apprenticeships programme at leading defence, aerospace and security firm BAE Systems’ sites in Lancashire.

The company’s Military Air and Information (MAI) business has received a total of 2,153 applications for 94 positions at sites in Warton and Samlesbury, starting in September.

Head of early careers at the company Andy Bloor said the number of applications was almost 1,000 more than the company received in 2013.

Andy explained: “The response has been fantastic and underlines the growing desire for people looking to learn through apprenticeships.

“We are keen to invest in the future of the business and therefore it’s vital that we continue to recruit growing numbers of bright, motivated individuals.

“Their work will be complemented by an excellent training and development programme and the opportunity to work for one of the UK’s most innovative and respected companies.”

The applications included 1,811 for its Warton and Samlesbury engineering and business apprenticeships and 342 for its Project Control Foundation Scheme, which trains people in project management roles.

In the past decade, 933 apprentices have been recruited by MAI with nearly 300 currently in training.

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director at BAE Systems added: “Apprentices are a vital part of our talent pool and we find that our training programmes really help young people develop their full potential and become financially stable at a relatively young age.

“This is a win-win situation for our apprentices, our company and the wider economy.”

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