BAE Systems has announced that it has surpassed its target to train 2,000 apprentices a year earlier than planned, and aims to recruit a further 574 apprentices to join in September.
The company currently has 2,036 apprentices being trained across the UK – 6% of its 34,000 employees. This is the largest number of apprentices in the company’s history.
BAE Systems said that the recruitment drive will aid in work on two concurrent submarine programmes at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.
In 2018, 293 apprentices will join the Barrow shipyard to work on the new Dreadnought class submarines and the four remaining Astute class submarines. Both types of submarine are destined for the Royal Navy with work on the Dreadnoughts expected to continue well into the 2030s.
Group managing director Nigel Whitehead said: “This is a really exciting time to join BAE Systems as an apprentice.
“We offer a unique training experience and unrivalled opportunities to progress through our organisation regardless of background.”