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Josh beats off stiff competition to be offered BAE Systems apprenticeship

Sixth form student, Josh, has secured a highly sought after higher apprenticeship with multinational aerospace, defence and security company, BAE Systems. 

Josh said, “I have always wanted to work in the military in some capacity. I have not been clear of my asthma long enough to join the military directly so my aim has been to work as closely as I can with them.”

“I found out about this apprenticeship opportunity on their website, but our Executive Director of Specialisms, Stephanie, also sent out a communication to us all to let us know about the opening. It appealed to me straight away as they are military contractors.”

“After my initial application, I completed some online tests and was then invited for an interview at their assessment centre at UTC Portsmouth. They told us that there were over 1,000 applicants, and only 35 had been chosen for the assessment centre.”

“It was a great experience and the interviewers said they were very impressed with my technical knowledge. I found out two weeks later that I had been successful subject to achieving distinction, distinction, merit in my BTEC extended engineering diploma and architecture course at UTC Reading”.

“I will be based at their naval base in Portsmouth for four years from September and I will be rotating around different departments such as design and electronics. It is a paid apprenticeship with a good starting salary which goes up in six month increments.”

“Studying at UTC Reading has been a brilliant experience. Since joining in year 10, I have had so much access to the armed forces and for me that has been key to getting my apprenticeship.”

“I don’t think I would have got these kinds of opportunities anywhere else. I joined the UTC for its engineering course but when interviewing for my BAE Systems apprenticeship, it was the industry partner experience I had received that made all the difference. I was able to answer very technical questions and had experience with the armed forces already.”

We wish Josh the very best of luck in his higher apprenticeship and look forward to catching up with him down the line.  

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