Human Resource Higher Apprenticeship - 2017 start

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

About the role

In order to achieve our strategy, capable and committed people working together, we have a programme HR team who are responsible for facilitating business focused solutions in support of the overall business strategy; a functional HR team that supports the delivery of the people capability, commitment and operational strategies; and specialist teams that deliver services to line managers and employees, such as Training, Recruitment, Pensions, Early Careers and Employment Law Advice.  

About the scheme

The Human Resources (HR) scheme is a three year scheme, during which Higher Apprentices move around the HR function on three to six month placements. The HR Higher Apprentice scheme enables participants to gain experience in the following areas:

  • Managing employee cases
  • Learning and Development
  • Organisation design and change management
  • Business partnering
  • Employee communications and trade union consultation and negotiation
  • Specialist areas such as reward, employee relations, HR systems, performance and talent management
  • Recruitment and resourcing

The scheme comprises of structured placements across the different teams within HR, which helps Higher Apprentices build a portfolio of experience towards becoming a HR professional.

What you’ll need

To apply for the Human Resources HA Scheme, you’ll require 3 A-levels grade A*-C (or equivalent), excluding General Studies.  


All 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 Human Resources HA Scheme is on the development of the individual. You will be fully funded by the company to achieve a relevant level 4 qualification.

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 and share schemes
  • Wide variety of development/training opportunities

Application process

The selection process is made up of four stages:

  1. Online application form
  2. Application review
  3. Assessment Centre
  4. 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.