Engineering fresh talent on the Clyde

04 Feb 2010

The search is on to find the engineers of the future, as this year's BAE Systems apprentice recruitment campaign gets underway. The Company is recruiting 200 apprentices across the UK, with opportunities for 30 aspiring engineers to join the scheme at its yards at Govan and Scotstoun on the Clyde.

BAE Systems invests over £40 million in learning and development across its UK businesses every year. On the Clyde the Company has recently developed a new training centre to support apprentice development, including classroom facilities to deliver health and safety training and workshops featuring steel work and welding tools to enable apprentices to train in a safe environment.

Alan Johnston, Managing Director of BAE Systems Surface Ships and former apprentice, said: "Our apprentices are an integral part of our business - our investment in their skills helps us to develop the continuous pool of engineering talent that we need to keep growing and innovating.

"In return, anyone joining our scheme can look forward to an exciting career helping to design, manufacture and support the most advanced warships in the world - and there really are no limits to how far you can go."

Jim McHarg, Head of Employee Development at BAE Systems, said: "We had an overwhelming response to our apprenticeship programme last year and with our continued investment in the training and facilities available to our apprentices, we're confident of the same again in 2010.

"We're now accepting applications via our website, so I would encourage anyone who has an interest to take a look - it could be the start of a very rewarding and exciting career."

BAE Systems operates one of the biggest apprenticeship schemes in the UK, with over 1,100 young people currently in training. The business is recruiting craft and technician apprentices, and offers the opportunity to combine practical experience with academic learning. A wide range of engineering training routes are on offer, including joinery, pipe work, steel work, as well as design engineering, combat systems engineering and test and commissioning. The new intake will be working on some of the most complex and modern warships, including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and helping to deliver enhanced capability for the future Royal Navy.

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  • Christina McIver, former modern apprentice at BAE