BAE Systems has welcomed more than 1,000 apprentices and graduates into its UK business this year, marking the largest intake in the company’s history.
The new recruits, most of whom will be trained in engineering related roles, will have the opportunity to enhance their skills and learn how to develop cutting edge defence, aerospace and security technologies.
In Lancashire, the company’s Military Air & Information business has hired 118 apprentices and 45 graduates which will go on to make up the future workforce behind its sites at Warton and Samlesbury.
It is also training 10 apprentices for other North West aerospace businesses through its Employer Ownership Scheme. The company designs, manufactures and assembles world-class aircraft including the Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk advanced jet trainer at both sites, and presently trains apprentices at its centre in Preston ahead of the opening of a new £15m academy at Samlesbury.
This year for the first time, a group of apprentices will began their training on the new Aerospace and Airworthiness trailblazer apprenticeship programme, approved by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills in March 2015.
The new standards, designed by BAE Systems and other companies in the sector, will ensure that apprentices receive consistently high quality training and meet the needs of large companies and small businesses.
Nigel Whitehead, group managing director, Programmes and Support, BAE Systems said: “Each year we invest more than £80m in education and skills related activities to ensure we are developing the right skills to meet the future demands of our business.”