In recent weeks entrepreneur/TV celebrity Sir Alan Sugar was been, appropriately, fronting a government advert campaign to increase the number of apprenticeships offered by British companies. Someone at the MoD must have seen the ad because Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) has just announced that they will be taking on an additional 170 apprentices over the next two years.
Aimed at school-leavers interested in supporting the UK's Armed Forces, those selected will follow a three-year apprenticeship in engineering, specialising in electronics, electrical and mechanical engineering and construction. The new apprentices will not only be trained to support current frontline equipment but also to help select the equipment for the Armed Forces of the future.
DE&S has a workforce of 24,500 and the 170 apprenticeships offered is comparable to the national ratio of 7 per 1000.
Alan Sugar said; "Apprentices are ambitious, they're doers, they make things happen. These are the type of qualities I look for in people. Success is all about finding people like this - people who will help make any business grow." ... this also applies to UK Armed Forces Inc.
MoD: MOD to recruit engineering apprentices