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BAE Systems prepares for graduate engineer influx

Published: Wednesday, 25 August 2010   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

A leading defence company is set to fill more than 40 graduate vacancies across the UK in the near future, according to a new report published today (August 25th).

Portsmouth Today claimed that BAE Systems is planning to add 70 apprentices to its ship-building operations across the country over the course of 2010.

With opportunities restricted in the current jobs market, the firm's recruitment drive is likely to be welcomed by university leavers with a wide range of science-based skills.

The news provider revealed that 42 graduates will be joining this year - starting in the first week of September - with 23 arriving in Portsmouth to work in the city's shipyards.

"BAE Systems takes on a new wave of university-leavers and trades apprentices each year, to renew its payroll as older members retire," noted the news provider.

"The annual influx of graduates and apprentices to BAE Systems' Surface Ships [division] will see the young starters take up posts as pipe-fitters, welders and engineers working on projects including the Royal Navy's new supercarriers."

Portsmouth Today also suggested that the company has hired nine apprentices and seven graduates to work in its Insyte division.

BAE Systems was the world's largest defence contractor in 2008, according to figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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