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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