BAE Systems hires a dozen apprentices for Rochester plant
BAE Systems is hiring a dozen apprentices at its Rochester
In its largest nationwide intake of young recruits in five
years, the avionics giant is planning to take on 387 engineering
and business apprentices across its UK sites.
Twelve will be assigned to the Rochester-based Electronics
Systems business as part of the BAE Systems Skills 2020 programme
designed to ensure the company remains competitive into 2020 and
The announcement comes as Prime Minister David Cameron continues
to urge businesses to take on apprentices to stimulate economic
growth through manufacturing, exports and infrastructure.
The expansion of BAE Systems’ 2013 apprentice recruitment
programme reflects the importance apprentices play in the company
coupled with the growing demand among young people for good,
fee-free alternatives to university.
of the new recruits will join the five-year Higher Apprentice
Programme which combines on-the-job training with the opportunity
to study degree-level qualifications without having to pay the
typical £9,000 a year university tuition fees.
Managing director Nigel Whitehead said: “Our continued
commitment to the apprentice programme reflects the sustainable
position of our UK business and the success of the programme in
generating BAE Systems’ workforce of the future.
“We like to train people from an early age and find that the
combination of on-the-job training and academic study without debt,
is a great motivator for our apprentices to stay with us. We look
forward to welcoming our new intake in September.”
The new recruits will join a workforce of 35,000.
BAE Systems is the UK’s largest employer of engineers, injecting
around £80m a year in education and schools activity, university
partnerships and training and development.
Every year, it trains between 800 - 1,000 apprentices on its
three year apprenticeship programmes.
The scheme, which has one of the highest completion rates in the
engineering sector, was rated “outstanding” by OFSTED in 2010. BAE
Systems won the National Apprentice Award for the Macro Employer of
the Year in 2011.