British defence contractor BAE Systems is this year accepting its highest intake of apprentices since the financial crash.
All of the 387 apprentices are guaranteed a job at the end of the three-year scheme, with 10% expected to progress to the company’s degree-equivalent programme.
The scheme is considered one of the best in the construction industry, with £80,000 being invested in each apprenticeship.
Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems group managing director, says of the recruitment drive: “We like to train people from an early age and find that the combination of on-the-job training and academic study without debt, is a great motivator for our apprentices to stay with us.”
The announcement comes amidst fears of skills shortages in the construction industry. A new report by recruitment company Project Resource says the decrease of graduate schemes in the sector has led to a “severe shortage” of experienced white-collar workers, causing a hike in wages.
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