A SCOTSTOUN defence firm is seeking hundreds of apprentices to join their team.

BAE Systems is looking for 574 apprentices, to join their current 2,036 across the UK, to join in September.

The firm said its high number of apprentice staff shows a need for highly skilled employees.

The majority of UK apprentices are being trained specifically for engineering related roles and undergo three-and-a-half to four – training programmes.

Many apprentices also progress to study bachelors and masters degrees and the company is also now able to offer direct entry onto new degree apprenticeships, which last four to five years.

Nigel Whitehead, group managing director at BAE Systems said: “This is a really exciting time to join BAE Systems as an apprentice. We offer a unique training experience and unrivalled opportunities to progress through our organisation regardless of background.

“Many of our senior directors began their careers as apprentices and we pride ourselves on rewarding ability and commitment.”

“The quality of the training we are able to offer also reflects the dedication of the hundreds of BAE Systems employees who train apprentices in the workplace - passing on their unique knowledge, expertise and experience to the next generation.”

Applications to join the 2017 training programme can be made via baesystems.com/en/careers/careers-in-the-uk/apprenticeships/apply-now. The closing date is February 28.