24 Sep 2014

BIS launch new MOD apprentice scheme

Summary: The MOD and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have launched a new campaign to boost the number of young people entering the defence manufacturing industry.

58 new apprentices have begun training as part of the ‘Get in. Go far’ initiative which will see them designing and building naval ships including the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers and new Offshore Patrol Vessels.

The apprentices joined BAE Systems in Glasgow, the leading shipbuilding site in the UK.

As part of an apprenticeship campaign launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Skills Funding Agency, the Ministry of Defence is supporting calls to boost the number of apprentices employed across the country.

The MOD said the ‘Get in. Go far’ campaign demonstrates the Government’s commitment to inspiring young people to earn while they learn by taking on an apprenticeship which will allow them to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said: “I see every day the contribution that British apprentices make to businesses across the country to ensure that our Armed Forces have the best equipment, technology and support in the world. The defence industry generates over £22 billion turnover for the economy each year and by supporting hard-working apprentices and boosting their skills we are securing the UK’s economic future.”