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The recruitment drive represents a 25 percent increase on last year and is the largest intake of early career roles the company has offered in a single year. In total over 900 apprenticeships will be offered as well as 750 graduate and undergraduate roles. Roles will mainly be in the North of England, though some opportunities will also be offered in the South, Scotland and Wales. Chief executive of BAE, Charles Woodburn said: “Creating high quality employment opportunities for young people across the country ensures we retain the critical capabilities we need to sustain our business for the long-term, while also helping to drive growth across the UK’s regional economies.
“Early careers employees are the foundation of our future and the diversity of skills and experience they bring enables us to continue to innovate and deliver the very best technology and support to our armed forces.”
Minister for Skills Alex Burghart also praised the focus on apprenticeships which he described as “brilliant”.
Mr Burghart said: “Apprenticeships play a vital role in giving people the ability to earn while they learn, and the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.
“They also give businesses access to a diverse talent pipeline, equipped with the knowledge for success in a range of professions.”
Apprentices with the company will be able to study and gain qualifications in areas including electronic design, cyber security, aerospace engineering and accountancy.
BAE Systems is involved in many of the UK’s most important defence programmes with new recruits having the opportunity to work on Dreadnought submarines, Type 26 frigates and Tempest- a future combat air system developed for the Royal Air Force.
With cyber attacks also a growing area in defence working on protection of critical national infrastructure will also be a key area.
In addition the company has recently launched a Masters-level sustainability apprenticeship to help drive the company’s net zero ambitions.
Chloe Silver, a first year Project Management Degree Apprentice, said: “It’s really important that young people can access job opportunities wherever they live, without having to move away.
“That’s exactly what I’ve experienced with the wide range of opportunities on offer at BAE Systems.
“Since joining the Company in September I’ve had some great highlights, including supporting the business’ early careers operations.”
Chairman of BAE Systems, Sir Roger Carr, has previously championed the role companies such as his can play in Government ambitions for ‘levelling up’ and boosting productivity across the UK.
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BAE Systems has already established itself as a leading early careers recruiter with nearly 3,300 apprentices and graduates in training across its UK businesses, equivalent to nearly a tenth of its workforce.
It invests around £100m in the programmes annually and this year was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for its apprenticeship schemes.
The company has been aiming to increase diversity and in 2021 quarter of new joiners to its early careers programme were female with 26 percent of apprentices coming from disadvantaged areas.
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