BAE to recruit record number of apprentices

Preston and Leyland Citizen: BAE to recruit record number of apprentices BAE to recruit record number of apprentices

British defence giant BAE Systems is to recruit a record 568 apprentices in 2014 to build the next generation of nuclear submarines.

The Government-backed scheme will take on 181 more people than last year across its 16 sites as the company races to meet what it calls "the largest workload for two decades".

Positions start in September 2014 and last 42 months, with an average salary of around £14,000 and a guaranteed job at the end.

Group managing director Nigel Whitehead said: "Apprentices are a vital part of our talent pool.

"Our additional intake of apprentices this year reflects workload requirements at the submarines business but the number also demonstrates the fantastic contribution and value that apprenticeships bring to BAE Systems.

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

More than half of the roles are at a submarine yard in Barrow-in-Furness, where BAE is building seven new Astute class attack submarines for the Royal Navy and designing a successor to the UK's Trident missile system.

Each Astute class sub weighs 7,000 tonnes and costs between £747 million and £1,160 million to build.

Niney-four apprentices will design and build military aircraft in Lancashire and Yorkshire, with 48 joining the Aircraft Maintenance Academy in Doncaster, while 100 will join shipbuilding and maintenance teams in Portsmouth and Glasgow.

Other roles will go to the company's electronics arm in Rochester, its combat vehicles station in Telford, and munitions factories in Cheshire, Tyneside and South Wales.

Apprenticeships came under fire in 2012 when education company Zenos - receiving £45.5 million in public funds - was asked to put its courses under review, triggering fears that too many schemes lacked adequate training and did not lead to guaranteed jobs.

But BAE says around half the senior executives in its military aircraft wing - which employs 15,000 of its 32,000 UK staff - found their feet as apprentices, including managing director Chris Boardman.

The latest Ofsted report, published in 2010, said: "Learners' progression into employment and higher education is outstanding.

"In the last three years 96% of learners have remained in employment with the company, usually in their placement of choice.

"Learners progress well within their job roles and a significant number of ex-apprentices are managers and senior staff in the company."

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7:12am Mon 30 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

Dont go counting your chickens yet the government may come to its sences and scrap Trident replacement.
Then the headline will read BAE Record number of lay offs ( oh how we laugh)
Dont go counting your chickens yet the government may come to its sences and scrap Trident replacement. Then the headline will read BAE Record number of lay offs ( oh how we laugh) 3 for 10p

7:38am Mon 30 Dec 13

happycyclist says...

Great news. I'm not a fan of nuclear arms, but engineering skills are always worth investing in.
Great news. I'm not a fan of nuclear arms, but engineering skills are always worth investing in. happycyclist

9:44am Mon 30 Dec 13

trevhd says...

3 for 10p wrote:
Dont go counting your chickens yet the government may come to its sences and scrap Trident replacement.
Then the headline will read BAE Record number of lay offs ( oh how we laugh)
sences( oh how we laugh) is there not enough job losses in the UK and not a laughing matter for the people who lose their jobs ,Idiot .
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: Dont go counting your chickens yet the government may come to its sences and scrap Trident replacement. Then the headline will read BAE Record number of lay offs ( oh how we laugh)[/p][/quote]sences( oh how we laugh) is there not enough job losses in the UK and not a laughing matter for the people who lose their jobs ,Idiot . trevhd

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