BAE Systems to recruit 80 apprentices and graduates in engineering, aircraft maintenance and cyber security across Yorkshire in 2021

Aerospace giant BAE Systems is hiring a record number of trainees despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
More than 850 apprenticeships and 400 graduate roles will be available across the UK next year.More than 850 apprenticeships and 400 graduate roles will be available across the UK next year.
More than 850 apprenticeships and 400 graduate roles will be available across the UK next year.

There are 80 apprentice and graduate roles available in Yorkshire. Twenty-two apprentices will work in engineering at the Brough site and 30 in the aircraft maintenance academy based at Humberside Airport.

There will also be 27 positions in applied intelligence at the company's cyber security site in Leeds, 19 of them for apprentices and eight for graduates.

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New recruits will have the chance to be involved in programmes including Tempest, a future combat air system for the Royal Air Force and Dreadnought, a new generation of submarines for the Royal Navy.

Charles Woodburn, chief executive of BAE Systems, said: “Getting people back to work and creating high-quality jobs is a national priority.

“So, it’s more important than ever that those of us who are in a position to do so continue our investment in the UK workforce.

“We’re fortunate that our business is based on long-term critical defence programmes, giving us the confidence to increase our apprentice and graduate recruitment to create a strong talent pipeline, which enables us to continue delivering cutting-edge technologies, whilst playing a role in supporting the UK’s economic recovery.”

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BAE Systems said it has recruited around 20 apprentices from other companies who were no longer able to continue with their programmes.

The company is also taking part in the Government’s Kickstart scheme which will enable it to offer six-month job placements to a further 30 young people as well as recruiting more than 200 students for industrial placements or summer internships.

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said: “The news that BAE Systems plans to recruit 1,250 trainees across the UK is hugely welcome. Now is a crucial time to help the next generation develop the skills and confidence to succeed in the workplace.

“It’s fantastic to see many of these roles are based in the North – unleashing young people’s talent up and down the country will boost their life chances, keep our regions competitive and help bring about a lasting economic recovery post-pandemic.”

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