British Army & RN Make Top Three for Apprentices

The Royal Navy is in the top three of UK employers of apprentices.

A nationwide assessment of firms, organisations, government departments, regional authorities and the military ranked the Senior Service third.

The British Army topped the list drawn up by the government-run National Apprenticeship Service, with the RAF placed tenth.

There are around 4,000 men and women – roughly 12% of the entire Royal Navy – undertaking 25 different apprenticeships, spanning trades as varied as IT experts, weapons systems engineers and helicopter aircrewmen.

Over 98% of new recruits are enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme once they’ve completed their basic training.

In placing the Royal Navy third, the National Apprenticeship Service and student/graduate firm High Fliers Research looked at more than 400 employers.

They looked at the schemes on offer, the diversity of those being trained, their future career prospects and ongoing training/development, as well as the firm or organisations general commitment to the apprenticeship programme.

Also making the Top 100 are defence firm BAE Systems, major banks such as Lloyds and HSBC and supermarket chains Asda and Tesco.


Navy News. (2020) Apprentice Programme Makes Top 3. Navy News. December 2020, pp.27.


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