More than 100 apprentices have taken their first steps into one of the country’s top training programmes.
The new starters have joined the apprenticeship programme at defence firm BAE Systems which will see them follow in the footsteps of some of the company’s directors who began as apprentices.
The 67 new employees, made up of 45 engineering and 22 business apprentices, started at the Preston Training School on Monday and include Daniel White, Lucy Cox and James Mansfield from Blackpool, David Bass from Kirkham, Zac Hocking and Dylan Salmon from Lytham St Annes and Jonathan Burtonwood from Poulton.
For the first time, they will be joined by 20 apprentices being trained by BAE Systems for companies in its supply chain as part of a new Employee Ownership Pilot (EOP) scheme.
A further 16 apprentices started a Project Management Higher Apprenticeship on the award winning Project Control Foundation Scheme at the Warton and Samlesbury sites.
Apprentice development manager Nigel Austin said: “We’re justifiably proud of our multi-award winning apprentice and training programmes, and I’m confident the 2013 intake will make the most of the fantastic opportunity which they’re about to embark on.”
The EOP starters will do their first year of training at the training school before going out to 11 companies. The project management trainees will study at Blackpool and Fylde College in Blackpool.