BAE to hire 300 Lancashire apprentices and graduates

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BAE Systems has announced that its 2022 intake of apprentices and graduates will include 329 positions across its Preston, Samlesbury and Warton sites.

The recruits will consist of 179 apprentices, 66 undergraduates and 70 graduates working in the air division, and eight apprentices, one undergraduate and five graduates working in shared services.

Across the UK operation, BAE has recruited 1,700 apprentices and graduates, which is its highest-ever annual tally and represents a 25 per cent increase over the previous year.

Charles Woodburn, chief executive of BAE Systems, said: "Creating high quality employment opportunities for young people across the country ensures we retain the critical capabilities we need to sustain our business for the long-term, while also helping to drive growth across the UK’s regional economies.

"Early careers employees are the foundation of our future and the diversity of skills and experience they bring enables us to continue to innovate and deliver the very best technology and support to our armed forces."

Alex Burghart, minister for skills, added: "Apprenticeships play a vital role in giving people the ability to earn while they learn, and the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow. They also give businesses access to a diverse talent pipeline, equipped with the knowledge for success in a range of professions."

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