North-West set to gain 2000 apprentices after government announcement

After the governments summer budget announcement, defence group BAE Systems has announced that it will recruit 2000 new apprentices throughout the North-West of England.

BAE Systems is the UK’s largest defence group and currently employees 18,000 employees in the North-West, many of whom are apprentices.

During the summer budget, Osborne announced that the government would be maintaining defence spending at 2 per cent of GDP in line with the NATO commitment.

On the 9th July, Osborne visited one of the defence groups site in Wharton and commented on the contribution that the firm has made towards improving the apprenticeship sector.

‘‘Britain’s great businesses have a hugely important role to play in training up the next generation and I was delighted to visit BAE systems, a company right at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, to hear about their plans to create 2,000 new apprentices,’’ commented Osborne.

‘‘We need a new system that encourages more employers to deliver high quality apprentices and this levy will help us make huge progress.’’

The defence firm has to date invested over £80m towards creating apprenticeships throughout the North-West. The 2000 new apprentices will work within a variety of sectors and many will be selected to assist underserved small business owners.

‘‘BAE Systems designs, builds and supports some of the most complex capabilities for armed forces and security services around the world,’’ explained Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems’ group managing director.

‘‘Our employment of 2,000 apprentices by 2018 illustrates our commitment to ensure our workforce here in the UK remains amongst the best trained and qualified in our sector, anywhere in the world.’’