BAE Systems

A diversified pre-apprenticeship talent pipeline.



“BAE Systems is committed to providing an inclusive working culture and we aim to attract talented people regardless of their background. We have consistently supported early career opportunities by creating and delivering award winning training programmes. We are proud to be a founding member of the Movement to Work programme which has proved to be a great success in providing employment opportunities for young people across our business.”

Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems

Sector Engineering
UK Workforce 30,000
Placement Model 4-week programme – 2 weeks classroom learning and 2 weeks on-site training
Funding Source Employer-funded


BAE Systems’ involvement with the Movement to Work programme has developed from initially forming part of the Company’s corporate responsibility programme; to a core business activity whereby 68% of participants in 2017 took up a permanent position with BAE Systems or a supplier company.  The programme is well aligned with BAE Systems’ long-held belief and commitment to social mobility and involvement has increased diversity within the workplace – particularly in the number of women in engineering.

Movement to Work is now embedded in BAE Systems’ apprenticeship programme and placements for young people are aligned with the Company’s recruitment cycle. BAE Systems has also used its extensive UK supply chain to amplify and increase the positive impact of Movement to Work. This advocacy is helping to ensure the growth of a national network that continues to share best practice and seeks to innovate.

Click here to visit BAE’s website.