Finance Higher Apprenticeship - 2017 start

BAE Systems
Barrow in Furness, Cumbria
27 Sep 2016
27 Sep 2017
Start Date
24 months+

About the role

The BAE Systems Finance HA Trainee scheme aims to develop A-level or equivalent qualified individuals into Chartered Management Accountants with a broad understanding of all aspects of finance and how these fit into the wider business organisation.

About the scheme

The scheme lasts for five years, during which you will have placements in many different areas of finance lasting from 6-12months. This scheme would particularly suit an individual who is keen to get involved with all aspects of finance, who enjoys problem solving and who is also committed to furthering their career through a five year external study programme.

You'll be joining Submarines  — the part of BAE Systems that has been tasked with turning Britain's future defence ambitions into reality. We're the people who are building the next generation of submarines for the Royal Navy.

What you’ll need

To apply for the Finance HA Trainee Scheme, you’ll require 300 UCAS points gained from a maximum of 3 A-Level qualifications or equivalent, preferably including Mathematics and/or a business related subject. Qualifications aside, excellent teamwork, organisation and communication skills are essential to the role as you would be expected to liaise with all levels within the business and deal with external customers as required.

Applicants will be expected to be medically fit as deemed necessary to perform the role, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance. As a company committed to talent, we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds and with many different skills, experience and perspectives.

Your development 

The focus of the Finance HA Trainee Scheme is on the development of the individual. You will be fully funded by the company to study part time to achieve your AAT qualifications through to TOPCIMA, exiting the scheme as a fully Chartered Management Accountant. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, and gain insights that can only come from real world experience.  You will also be expected to take part in ‘Stretch Assignments’ these are opportunities to be involved in a variety of charitable and promotional projects to develop skills in addition to those that can be learned through college\placements.


  • Higher Education opportunity fully funded by BAE Systems (No University debt!)
  • Competitive starting salary, currently £17,500 potentially rising between £300-1200 every six months based upon your development
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Pension scheme
  • Discounted healthcare, car lease and share schemes
  • Wide variety of development/training opportunities

Application process

The selection process is made up of five stages:

  1. Online application form
  2. Application review
  3. Aptitude testing
  4. Assessment Centre
  5. Medical & Security checks

TOP TIP: Be sure you give yourself enough time to prepare a quality application; it is worth spending some time to make sure all areas of the form are completed fully and properly. Good luck with your application.

Applications are open for 2017 starts between November 2016 and February 2017.