IT’S all systems go to land a job with BAE.
The defence company’s sought-after apprenticeship scheme is open for applications with 700 jobs up for grabs — 30 per cent up on last year.
BAE Systems was recently named the top employer for apprentices by reviews website Rate My Apprenticeship — and 95 per cent of trainees go on to secure permanent roles.
This year’s recruits will start in September and go on one of 25 training programmes that allow them to combine full-time work with studying for a qualification.
Almost half of new starters will work in the firm’s booming air sector sites in Samlesbury and Warton, Lancs. Among the projects they could be on is the Typhoon fighter jet.
The rest of the intake will be split across BAE’s land and maritime businesses. Most apprentices train for three to four years and many will study for bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Richard Hamer, education and skills director at BAE, said: “It is crucial that we train the next generation of engineers and business leaders to develop the skills needed to drive innovation, solve complex challenges and build on our position as one of the UK’s most innovative companies.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I’m delighted that BAE Systems is taking on even more apprentices, with 700 young people being given the opportunity to kick-start their careers in this world-class firm.”
All the flight moves
DAN Priscott joined BAE Systems on a software engineering apprenticeship in 2009.
He was trusted with helping to develop a web-based flight planning service designed to reduce the risk of aircraft colliding.
Since then, Dan, 26, has swapped engineering for a campaign leader role, proving how apprentices can quickly climb the career ladder and move around the business.
Dan, from Yeovil, said: “I was initially attracted to BAE Systems because its apprenticeship framework allows you to gain hands-on work experience while working towards a degree.
“When my friends were at uni living off student loans, I was earning money and gaining the same qualifications they were.
“I’d say grasp every opportunity and put yourself out there. Make sure you take advantage of all the fantastic things an apprenticeship can offer.”
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Hang on to your people
JANUARY is the busiest month for staff resigning to move on. Today Aimee Bateman of careers website careercake.com explains how firms can hang on to top talent.
- Staff awards – with a difference. Give gongs for the unsung hero, going the extra mile, the best newcomer. Start now and pull in department heads so the whole firm is represented.
- Keep them informed. People want to know where their company is going. Hold a general meeting with staff and outline 2019.
- Give everyone incentives. It shouldn’t be only the sales team that is rewarded. What about customer service or finance? Or the receptionists that do a great job?
- Enable learning and development. People are more likely to complete training if they can do it in working hours. It shows staff you are serious about their development – plus you can monitor the results.
- Change the topics you discuss. Talk about areas that aren’t directly connected to work, such as men’s mental health. Although it is not directly work-related, choose areas suited to your employees that will boost their self-esteem and their confidence in you as an employer who cares.
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No ifs at Butlins
TRY before you apply for a job at Butlins Skegness.
The firm has an open day at the Linconlnshire holiday park on January 16 for potential employees to see what the job offers.
With more than 130 full- and part-time roles, candidates can cook with park chefs, make mocktails with bar staff and even enter a bed-making contest.
Other skills, such as beauty therapy and CPR, will be on show too. For details, email
- OFFICE staff working from home should paint their workspace BLUE to boost their productivity, according to a new study. Those working physically demanding jobs need a splash of red paint to up energy levels, while yellow aids creativity.
Wade in to help
THE water is cold now but the Royal National Lifeboat Institution needs 150 recruits for what it says is Britain’s best SUMMER job.
You can support the vital charity working as a fundraiser on some of Britain’s best beaches. Annabelle Hobson, of the RNLI, says: “Those who joined us say the experience is life-changing.
With good pay and being part of a lifesaving team working on the beach, this has to be one of Britain’s best summer jobs.”
Apply at summerjobs.rnli.org before January 20.
Less job loss
LAY-OFFS hit a record low of 83,000 in the three months to October 2018. That is the fewest since the Office for National Statistics began recording the figure in 1995.