In a pilot initiative with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), BAE Systems will begin training 50 apprentices for companies in its north-west supply chain in September 2013.
According to a statement, interested supplier companies attended a conference on 19 November at the company’s Apprentice Training Centre in Preston where the 50 young people will be trained.
Successful candidates will receive a three-year apprenticeship in engineering from BAE Systems before joining a company that supplies components or services to its military aircraft business in Lancashire or the company’s submarine design and building facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
The conference follows UKCES’s announcement on 11 September 2012 of £165m funding under an Employer Ownership Pilot that is designed to create jobs for young people. As part of this, £1.4m was awarded to BAE Systems to train the 50 apprentices, which the company is matching with its own funds and resources.
Steve Lee from Regal Precision Engineering, one of the supplier companies that attended the conference, said: ‘Regal is not alone in finding that the major constraint in business growth is the lack of skilled people. This initiative seeks to address the problem by creating a generation of talented machinists for the manufacturing sector.’