BAE Systems is to hire almost 1700 apprentices and graduates across the UK in 2022.
Whilst the majority of the roles will be based in the north of England, 161 of the opportunities are in Scotland.
The creation of more than 900 apprentice and 750 graduate and undergraduate roles marks the largest amount of early career vacancies the firm has offered in a single year and is a 25% increase on 2021’s intake.
- Air – Prestwick: Two undergraduate roles.
- Maritime services – Hillend: One undergraduate role.
- Naval ships – Glasgow: 131 apprentice roles, 12 undergraduate roles and 15 graduate roles.
The recruitment comes as Ofsted once again rated the company’s 50-plus apprenticeship programmes as ‘outstanding’.
Charles Woodburn, chief executive of BAE Systems, 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.”
Successful candidates can look forward to working on some of the UK’s most exciting and nationally important technology programmes, including Tempest, a future combat air system for the Royal Air Force, as well as the design and build of Dreadnought submarines and Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy.
Apprentices will have the opportunity to study and gain qualifications in a vast range of professions, including electronic systems design, cyber security, software development, aerospace engineering, accountancy and human resources.
Recently, the company unveiled a new Masters-level sustainability apprenticeship which will play a key role in building a network of sustainability champions who will help to drive progress towards its net-zero target.
Chloe Silver, a first year project management degree apprentice in BAE Systems’ submarines business, said: “When I finished college, I knew I wanted to get stuck into the world of work straight away but I also wanted to gain more qualifications, so I decided an apprenticeship was the best route for me.
“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. I’m really excited for what the future holds.”
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