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Hundreds of new BAE apprentices coming to Preston and Warton sites

Written by on June 15, 2020

Hundreds of fresh apprentices are being taken on at BAE Systems in Lancashire despite the ongoing issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 269 apprentices will be based in the air sector, which includes BAE’s sites in both Samlesbury, between Preston and Blackburn, and Warton, between Blackpool and Preston.

The company also has tow air sector sites in Brough and at Humberside Airport in East Yorkshire.

Four further apprentice roles are being filled at BAE’s shared services site in Preston.

Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive, BAE Systems, said: “Getting people back to work and creating new jobs, especially for younger people, is a national priority and we’re pleased to play our part in supporting the UK’s economic recovery.

“The contribution apprentices make to our business is vital in maintaining our ability to continue to deliver cutting edge technologies which protect national security.

“We’ve worked hard to adapt our application and training processes to allow education to continue, whilst protecting the health and wellbeing of our employees and new recruits.”

A total of 803 apprentices are being taken on nationally.

North of Lancashire, 364 apprentices will be based at BAE’s submarines headquarters at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

More than 9,000 people applied for the roles, with 2,000 candidates currently shortlisted.

A spokesperson for BAE Systems said: “Recent research from the Resolution Foundation found that those born in the late 1990s are expected to be hardest hit by the current crisis.

“Over the last few weeks, our early careers teams have developed new ways to enable candidates – most of whom are aged between 16 and 19 – to be interviewed safely and remotely.”

The successful candidates will join from September 2020 to January 2021.