The state-of-the-art £25 million training academy was officially opened in December by the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson.
It was built to develop the world-class engineering skills required to design, build and deliver complex submarine programmes to the Royal Navy.
Featuring classrooms, workshops, a virtual reality suite and scale-model sized submarine units, the academy will provide bespoke training to almost 9,000 employees including nearly 800 apprentices.
Cliff Robson, managing director of BAE Systems Submarines, said: “The new academy will give our current and future workforce access to the very latest in learning and development, demonstrating our lasting commitment not just to our current employees but to those who will join our company in years to come.
“To support this, we continue to work closely with local schools and colleges and we see the academy as another positive step towards helping to raise standards of education in the area.”
The academy will deliver a range of training, from mechanical and electrical skills in its 10 workshops to design and project management in its 30 classrooms.
“Resources such as the virtual reality training suite will allow employees to hone their skills in a simulated environment, before working on the real product,” Mr Robson added.
It forms part of the company’s ongoing commitment to developing future talent.
More than 280 employees are being recruited to join BAE Systems Submarines on early careers programmes this year.
This follows more than 250 employees that joined as apprentices, higher apprentices or graduates in 2018, as the business continues to support the ramp-up of production on the Dreadnought programme – delivering the next generation of deterrent submarines to the Royal Navy.
The academy is the second of its type to be opened by BAE Systems in North West England and joins a network of similar facilities in place to train and develop the 34,000 BAE Systems employees across the UK.
The first Academy for Skills and Knowledge was opened in Samlesbury, Lancashire, to support BAE Systems’ Air business, and last year celebrated delivering more than 250,000 training hours in its first year.
PICTURE: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, with training advisor Jim Ireland and apprentice pipe fabricator Ben Watson.
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