Nearly 400 new apprenticeships will be created by defence giant BAE Systems this year, the highest intake since 2008.
Both engineering and business apprentices will be recruited and around one in ten of the new recruits will join the firm's five-year higher apprentice programme, which combines on-the-job training with degree-level studies.
Around 140 young people will join the submarine-building business in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, a further 100 will be based at the firm's ship-building sites in Portsmouth and Glasgow and the rest spread across other BAE sites.
Group 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."