Apprentices at BAE Systems are blazing a trail thanks to help in setting the standards for the whole country.
Young engineers at Warton, Preston and Samlesbury were praised today for their efforts after the company helped establish the Government’s new standards system.
BAE Systems worked together with other leading employers in the aerospace and airworthiness sectors to develop the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ new Aerospace and Airworthiness Apprenticeship Trailblazer Standards.
They aim to shape the future of apprenticeships and meet the needs of companies.
Skills Minister Nick Boles MP said: “Through giving employers such as BAE Systems the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships we can give young people the skills our economy vitally needs. I congratulate BAE Systems and members of the Aerospace and Airworthiness Trailblazers on designing the new apprenticeships.”
A key feature is that for the first time they align competence on completion for the Level 3 (A Level equivalent programmes) to the Engineering Council’s Engineering Technician level. They also see the introduction of two new Degree Apprenticeship standards that will allow apprentices to take degree level qualifications.
Following a visit to Warton Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “The young people I met work in different areas of BAE’s business, including one who was on the administrative and management side of the company. That proves that apprenticeships are not just for those working on the shop floor but can provide a whole range of skills, which I am pleased the Government has recognised with the new Degree Apprenticeships scheme.”