Flying start for 100 BAE apprentices on the Fylde

Thomas Hornsby' BAE apprentice from Blackpool
Thomas Hornsby' BAE apprentice from Blackpool
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BAE Systems has confirmed it is to take on more than 100 new apprentices at its Lancashire sites next September.

The company is recruiting manufacturing, engineering, business and project control apprentices destined for roles at its facilities in Warton and Samlesbury.

For this year, it will also take on a number of youngsters training for a Higher Apprenticeship in Aerospace Engineering, a new five-year scheme which offers youngsters the chance to earn a degree qualification in aerospace software development.

The engineering apprentices will learn skills including machining, electrical engineering and computer-aided design, while the business apprentices will learn project management, administration and customer service.

Chris Boardman, managing director of Military Air and Information who started as an apprentice in 1979, said: “As someone who came through an apprenticeship, I recognise the value of giving our people the right skills to do the job.

“Generations of workers have gone through the scheme at our Lancashire site and I am delighted we will yet again be recruiting fresh talent to our business in September. It is these people with bright new ideas who will become the 
future of our business.”

The group of engineering, business and project control apprentices which were recruited by the firm last month have started a 12-month period of training at the company’s facility in Preston, where they will get a grounding in skills needed for their future career.

Following their initial training, the majority of the apprentices will go on to work roles in the company behind fighter aircraft including the Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk jet trainer, both used by air forces including the RAF.

Thomas Hornsby, 21, from Blackpool, studied at the training centre and is now undertaking the first of a number of placements as part of the second year of his study working in the systems integration team working on Typhoon, which includes testing the jet’s on-board data systems.

He said: “I love the role, it challenges me every day and I know that I am not only working towards a qualification but getting paid for it as well.

“I am getting on-the-job training alongside a group of people who have been doing this for many years, you cannot beat that experience.”

Last week, Thomas was named the MAI business’s First Year Apprentice of the Year for its Warton and Samlesbury sites.