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Defence giant to recruit apprentices in Yorkshire

BAE Systems taking on 71 apprentices in Yorkshire Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

British defence giant BAE Systems is to recruit 71 apprentices at its sites in Yorkshire as part of a record intake of trainees in 2014.

The firm's taking on 17 youngsters at its military aircraft design and production site in Brough, East Yorkshire, and a further 48 at the aircraft maintenance training academy in Doncaster. Six posts are also available at the company's Leeds office to work on developing cyber security software.

It's part of the company's plan to take on 568 apprentices to build the next generation of nuclear submarines, military aircraft and ships.

The Government-backed scheme will take on 181 more people than last year across its 16 sites as the company races to meet what it calls "the largest workload for two decades".

Positions start in September 2014 and last 42 months, with an average salary of around £14,000 and a guaranteed job at the end.

Video: Future of BAE workers 'once again uncertain'

Union bosses say the future for BAE employees is once again uncertain after plans to sell the plant in Brough were announced.

Part of the site will be redeveloped while the rest is leased back to the aerospace giant. It's claimed the move could bring employment and a boost to the local economy - despite the hundreds of people who have been made redundant in the past 18 months.

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BAE wins £2.5BN fighter plane deal

BAE Systems at Brough
BAE Systems at Brough Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Defence giant BAE Systems has won a £2.5 billion deal to sell 20 aircraft to Oman, helping to sustain thousands of jobs in the UK including their site at Brough in East Yorkshire.

The contract for 12 Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft was welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who will visit the Middle Eastern state today.

BAE said it is an important export contract and supports its strategy to grow international markets and export business.

The aircraft will be built in the UK and will help to sustain 6,000 high technology and engineering jobs across sites in in Brough and Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire.

Aircraft manufacture will begin in 2014 with delivery expected in 2017.

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