British defence giant BAE Systems is to recruit 568 apprentices in 2014, including around 100 who will join shipbuilding and maintenance teams in Portsmouth and Glasgow. Positions start in September 2014 for 42 months, with an average salary of around £14,000 and a guaranteed job at the end.
The defence contractor and the Ministry of Defence hope the scheme will offset the effects of 940 BAE job cuts at Portsmouth dockyard announced earlier this year. More than half of the new 568 apprenticeships will be at a submarine yard in Barrow-in-Furness.
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A damp and cold night ahead. Valentine's Day will start cloudy but become brighter in the afternoon. Risk of showers along the Kent coast.
Cold and damp tonight with outbreaks of rain. A cold and dull start to Valentine's Day but becoming drier and brighter by the afternoon.
Rain turning more patchy this afternoon but more persistent along the coast. Feeling cold in the brisk north-easterly wind.