BAE Systems to create new jobs on Wearside – how you can apply

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Defence giant BAE Systems is creating new jobs at its Wearside plant as part of a massive national recruitment drive.

The firm is set to hire almost 1,700 apprentices and graduates across the UK in 2022.

The creation of more than 900 apprentice and 750 graduate and undergraduate roles is the biggest intake of its kind the company has ever offered in a single year.

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Most of the roles will be based in the north of England, with opportunities also available across the south of England, Scotland and Wales.

BAE Systems' Washington plant BAE Systems' Washington plant
BAE Systems' Washington plant

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.”

Minister for Skills Alex Burghart said: “It is brilliant that BAE Systems is committed to supporting our future workforce through the power of apprenticeships.

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“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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Successful candidates will work on technology programmes including Tempest, a future combat air system for the Royal Air Force, as well as the design and build of Dreadnought submarines and Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy and help to protect critical national infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to study and gain qualifications in a range of professions, including electronic systems design, cyber security, software development, aerospace engineering, accountancy and human resources.

The firm confirmed today the new intake will include four posts at its Washington plant, though this could change.

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The closing date for apprentice applications is February 28, 2022.There are multiple graduate intakes throughout the year, including January, June and September. Find out more and apply:

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