BAE is looking for apprentices to join its Humber sites

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Dec 2018

Apprenticeships are up for grabs at the region’s biggest aerospace company as BAE hunts for young talent to join its Brough and Humberside Airport sites.

The aerospace giant has advertised 25 roles at its East Yorkshire base, including engineering technicians and business-focused apprenticeships.

There will be 30 within the Aircraft Maintenance Academy at Kirmington.

It comes as BAE announces plans to recruit almost 700 apprentices across the UK in 2019, with the majority in Samlesbury and Warton.

Charles Woodburn, chief executive at BAE Systems, said: “We are proud to be one of the UK’s largest employers of apprentices and our plan to recruit nearly 700 apprentices next year reflects our ongoing commitment to nurturing talent and developing high end skills for the future.

“With technology becoming ever more advanced and integrated in the workplace, it is crucial that we train the next generation of engineers and business leaders to develop the necessary skills which will be needed to drive innovation, solve complex challenges and build on our position as one of the UK’s most innovative and productive companies.”

BAE's site at Brough, East Yorkshire

Apprenticeships will start in September, giving young people the chance to combine full-time employment with studying for an industry-standard qualification.

BAE Systems invests approximately £90m every year in education, skills and early careers activities in the UK, and has around 2,000 apprentices in training across its UK businesses at any time.

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The majority of BAE Systems’ apprentices train for engineering related roles and undergo a three to four-year training programme, with many progressing to study Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

The business also offers direct entry onto new degree apprenticeships.

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed news of BAE’s apprenticeship hunt.

BAE is looking for almost 700 apprentices in 2019. (PA)

She said: “I’m delighted that BAE Systems is taking on even more apprentices in 2019, with 700 young people being given the opportunity to kick-start their careers in this world-class firm.

“Britain’s businesses have a hugely important role to play in training the next generation and themselves benefit by attracting diverse talent and improving their skills base.

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“Through our modern Industrial Strategy we will encourage even more partnerships to create high-quality jobs across the UK.”

Watch: Leslie Wegg talking about the job cuts at BAE in Hull

At Brough, a degree apprenticeship is also being offered, giving a young person the chance to become a software engineer.

The four-year programme will give someone the chance to learn on the job, equipping them with all the skills they need to pursue a career in the industry.

All the apprenticeships up for grabs at Brough can be found by clicking here .

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