BAE Systems launches its largest ever apprentice scheme

BAE Systems is launching its largest apprentice scheme for the year 2015, with 113 positions on offer for apprentices. Its naval ships division is recruiting more than 200 young people, across the UK, as it delivers the Royal Navy’s future warships, including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and Type 26 Global Combat Ships.

The recruitment campaign will bring the total number of young people being trained in Glasgow next year to 250, described by the company as one of Scotland’s largest early careers programme.

Mick Ord, managing director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said: “This record recruitment campaign reflects… a growing demand from young people for viable alternatives to university where they can acquire their skills while earning a competitive salary. Investing in our early careers programme is an important part of our future skills strategy as we create a world class naval engineering business in Glasgow.”

Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance said: ” Investing in young people is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do and I commend BAE Systems for their investment in a programme on this scale.

Successful applicants for the apprenticeship and graduate schemes will learn about the design, build and delivery of complex warships and their combat systems, through a combination of college education and workplace training.

In addition, BAE Systems is recruiting engineering technician apprentices to work on the design of complex warships, as well as for operational roles such as welders, fabricators, electricians and plumbers.