BAE Systems will begin training 50 apprentices for companies in its North West supply chain next September, thanks to a new initiative.
The 50 successful candidates will receive a three-year apprenticeship in engineering from BAE Systems before joining a company that supplies components or services to its military aircraft business in Lancashire, or the company’s submarines design and building facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
This September UKCES announced £165m funding under an Employer Ownership Pilot, which will create thousands of jobs for young people. As part of this, £1.4m was awarded to BAE Systems to train the 50 apprentices, which the company is matching with its own funds and resources.
“This pilot scheme is a win-win situation,” says Nigel Whitehead, group managing director, BAE Systems. “Supplier companies with more limited resources can access first-class training programmes and facilities whilst larger businesses take responsibility for developing the specific skills they need to grow and sustain their business, and with it their supply chains. I am confident that the pilot will be successful and in time, we can extend this scheme to other parts of the UK.”