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Embedding inclusiveness within safeguarding

BAE Systems provides some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employs a skilled workforce of some 83,100 people in over 40 countries.

What we did.

BAE Systems’ support for our apprentices is paramount, as we aim to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our staff.

We have a strong safeguarding policy, and all apprentices have a direct contact and a safeguarding representative on site they can contact with any concerns. All employees have an induction that includes a code of conduct explicitly stating that BAE Systems does not tolerate biased behaviour.

We also offer ongoing support throughout their training by allocating all apprentices an Apprentice & Skills Development Coach who will not only assess their work but will guide them through their apprenticeship.

What we learned.

We believe the combination of support works effectively because the inclusive culture of the company is embedded within the safeguarding framework.

We have also found that the support offered has helped us to reach over 90% apprenticeship retention at the end of training, higher than our graduate retention.

What we would do differently as a result.

We are starting to pilot a peer mentoring/buddying support for apprentices in some areas of the business but it is not yet embedded, we’d like to develop this into a consistent offering as another level of support for our apprentices.

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