BAE Systems has received an award from the Learning and Skills Council for its apprenticeship programme.

It was voted Employer of the Year at the LSC's Learner First Awards for its Advanced Apprenticeship Programme, which is training 1,000 apprentices in the UK.

BAE has links with more than 1,500 UK schools and more than 400 ambassadors working within those schools. Offering a structured path from school to the work environment, the scheme includes simulated interactive systems training, personal development courses and facilities and a slow integration into the company.

"It's a great tribute to our training team," says BAE Systems chief executive Mike Turner. "We are absolutely committed to supporting the Advanced Apprenticeships Programme."

Apprenticeships are available in several disciplines, including engineering, business administration and information technology. All apprentices are employed on a full-time basis.

Training usually takes 24-42 months, mostly involving on the job training, and will result in an appropriate NVQ or SNVQ. Applicants should hold or be working towards three to five GCSE grades A to C or equivalent in English, Maths and a science for a technical apprenticeship or grades A to E for a craft apprenticeship. Application forms are available from BAE Systems' website.

Source: Flight International