BAE Systems

BAE Systems

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At BAE Systems we serve, supply and protect those who serve and protect us. Ours is a culture that values diversity, rewards integrity and merit, and is a place where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, no matter what their background.

With a workforce of 90,000 people in more than 40 countries, we’re committed to nurturing talent – empowering our people to drive innovation, make the right decisions and solve complex challenges.

It’s never too soon to start thinking about your future. Whether you’re in your final year of school or college or taking this time to explore a career change, joining BAE Systems as an apprentice means being part of a team of inspiring colleagues who will support you to achieve your ambitions.

With a long history of innovation and excellence behind us, and exciting plans for the future, BAE Systems is a place where you can start, and grow, your career with confidence. 

Whatever your skills and ambitions, and wherever in the UK you live, if you bring your commitment and energy – you’ll have the chance to make a real impact, where it counts, whichever team you join. 

About our apprenticeship programmes

We have a wide range of apprenticeships across different business areas. Our programmes are designed for those who have, or are about to, complete GCSE’s (or equivalent) onwards; spanning areas such as Engineering, Business and Finance from intermediate to degree level.

Earn and learn

As an apprentice, you’ll gain valuable work experience, develop skills and be supported in your study towards professional qualifications – all whilst earning a salary.

Our employee networks, your team and your mentors will help you to develop connections and experience a fulfilling career. There are also plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in volunteering, so you’ll be encouraged to make a difference outside of work too.

Your future

Apprentices are our future, so we invest in yours. We recognise the vital part they play in our success, so you’ll be encouraged to bring your unique perspective and showcase your ideas right from the start. Many of our colleagues began their career as an apprentice, and each one of your team will be passionate about guiding you on your own journey.

At BAE Systems, we’re not just proud of what we do, we’re proud of how we do it. So when you join us, you’ll be part of an inclusive culture that’s committed to working to the highest ethical and environmental standards, making a positive contribution to the countries and communities in which we operate. 

Switch on your career with us – apply now.

Typically recruits

Software Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Project Management
Aircraft Maintenance
Mechanical Engineering
Sheet Metal

Key Facts

Fact #1

We serve, supply and protect those who serve and protect us

Fact #2

We’re a workforce of 90,000 people in more than 40 countries

Fact #3

We value diversity, rewards integrity and merit

Fact #4

We are a place where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, no matter what their background

Case study

Meet Khadijah

Meet Khadijah

Meeting the UK Prime Minister. Witnessing first-hand how planes of the future are being developed. Promoting STEM opportunities at national events alongside business leaders and leaders of the armed forces. For Khadijah Ismail, choosing an aerospace degree apprenticeship with BAE Systems after completing her A-levels has led to all kinds of unforgettable experiences.

Ever since she was young, Khadijah had watched aeroplanes with fascination from her window. As she completed her A-levels in maths, physics, and electronics, the question for Khadijah was how best to achieve her dream of being part of that world.

“I just thought with an apprenticeship you kind of get the best of both worlds. You get the experience, you get the engineering workplace environment, and you also get having the responsibility, being accountable for stuff. I just thought yes, this is what I want to do.”

The answer for her was a five-year degree apprenticeship in aerospace engineering with world-leading aircraft developer, BAE Systems. Why? Their award-winning apprenticeship programme would allow her to gain a fully accredited Bachelor of Engineering degree from nearby Lancaster University whilst earning a salary and seeing game-changing aerospace innovation in action.

Being embedded among expert teams at BAE Systems has seen her progress far in her four years on the apprenticeship. She’s gained invaluable practical experience by getting involved with emerging technologies and complex challenges in everything from virtual reality to aircraft systems. One placement saw her help design, build and fly a ground-breaking new solar electric communications drone with the potential to stay in the air for up to a year at a time.

With a community of around 2,000 apprentices in learning at BAE Systems at any time, there are constant opportunities to connect with peers. Apprentices can even go one step further and represent both each other and the larger organisation on apprentice councils and in outreach programmes. Khadijah has taken part in outreach as part of her apprenticeship, speaking in front of 400 people at the renowned Institute of Engineering and Technology. She presented alongside STEM leaders that included members of the Ministry of Defence, and even received a commendation from them afterwards.