BAE Systems to boost apprentice and graduate jobs

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BAE Systems has announced that it plans to hire more than 2,600 new apprentices and graduates in 2023.

Representing a 43% increase on this year’s early careers intake, the announcement reinforces the company’s stated commitment to invest in the next generation of engineers, equipping young people across the UK with the engineering skills they need.

The majority of roles will be based in the North of England, with opportunities also available across the South of England, Scotland and Wales.

Tania Gandamihardja, Group Director of Human Resources at BAE Systems, said, “Faced with economic challenges not seen in a generation, it’s essential for businesses like ours to invest in the next generation to equip young people with the skills they need to achieve their full potential and support social mobility.

“Providing high-quality early careers programmes gives young people a route into long-term employment and helps recruit the talent we need to deliver on vital national defence and security programmes, such as the Tempest next-generation combat aircraft and Dreadnought nuclear submarines.”

Commenting Robert Halfon, Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education, said, “Apprenticeships are the catalyst to boosting the economy, building a skills nation and extending the ladder of opportunity to all.

“It’s extraordinary to see leading apprentice employer BAE Systems plan to recruit over 2,600 apprentices and graduates this year across key industries including cyber security, aerospace engineering and software development.”

With more than 50 programmes available, there are opportunities in areas including cyber security, software development, aerospace engineering, accountancy and human resources. Successful applicants will work on some of the world’s most advanced technology programmes, playing an important role in delivering essential equipment and services to the armed forces and security services to protect the nation’s defence and security.

Annually, BAE Systems invests approximately £100m in education, skills and early careers activities and currently has almost 4,300 apprentices and graduates in training across its UK businesses, equivalent to more than 10% of its 35,000 strong UK workforce.

Around 95% of apprentice trainees complete their apprenticeship with BAE Systems and go on to secure full time employment with the company and BAE Systems’ apprenticeship programme is rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’. The company recently ranked in the Top 10 of the Department for Education’s Apprenticeship Employers and Top 25 for The Times’ Graduate Employers.  

The closing date for apprentice applications is 28 February 2023. There are multiple graduate intakes throughout the year, including January, June and September.

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