Trend bucking BAE announces recruitment drive

Posted on 11 Feb 2009 by The Manufacturer

BAE Systems Submarines Solutions has announced it is to recruit a further 500 staff this year as it is struggling to fulfil its orders for the Royal Navy with its current resources.

The firm will seek new mechanical and electrical engineers, designers, planners and qualified draughtsmen along with an array of managers, finance personnel and apprentices.
There will be positions available at its main site in Barrow-in-Furness as well as its auxillary bases in Farnborough, Ash Vale and Weymouth.

The Submarines Solutions part of BAE designs and builds for the Astute class nuclear powered attack submarines for the Royal Navy. It has now increased its workforce from 3,000 to 5,000 since 2003.

Christian Elliott, HR and communications director, said: “Recruiting this number of people brings its own challenges as we found out last year when we recruited 1080 people into such a complex engineering industry. The key point is to safely integrate new members into the workforce in a planned manner, which this revised plan will allow us to do.

“The 2009 resourcing plan provides a win: win situation of managing the requirements of the customer and meeting the needs of the Astute programme providing crucial capability for the Royal Navy the programme, while at the same time ensuring we can recruit, train and develop the people joining our workforce.”

BAE is also involved in a new website – – which will support this drive provides updates on recruitment in the South Cumbria area. The website is funded by the Northwest regional Development Agency (NWDA).