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.


Nikita’s Story

I left school with BTECs and no GCSEs and decided to go back into education and study Motor Vehicle Level 1 and 2. I had a cleaning job in the mornings before I went to college. I moved and found it very difficult to find work.

I found myself living in supported accommodation due to circumstances out of my control, but it gave me the motivation to press on and find a secure career. My support worker posted a leaflet through my door for the Movement to Work scheme. I secured a place on the taster day and got a place on the scheme.

“At the end of the scheme I was offered a job here and it was the proudest day of my life so far.”

And now I’m very pleased to say I’ve recently moved out of supported accommodation. I am now living in my own flat and working in the job of my dreams. I couldn’t be happier.

Jordan’s Story

I was born with a disability – Pendred Syndrome – where I am profoundly deaf in both ears and cannot hear without my bilateral cochlear implants. I found my GCSE and A levels especially difficult when my mother died and that loss of support was challenging for me and my family.

I dropped out of university after two years, lacking confidence, and started to be reclusive with no idea what to do next.  I tried three jobs before I joined the Movement to Work scheme in Rochester.

Now I have worked in the Electronics Apprenticeship for three years and at BAE Systems for 5 years as an Electronics Technician, supporting Active Control Sticks in Aircrafts like Gulfstream Jets and F35. I have a Level 2 NVQ, Level 3 BTEC, Level 4 HNC in Electronics and started an Electronics degree in 2021, all funded by BAE Systems.

BAE Systems have supported my disability throughout, which has enabled me to succeed in a career I enjoy.

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