BAE set to hire more apprentices for submarine building programme in Barrow

The official naming of the fourth Astute Class submarine, Audacious. PHOTO: MILTON HAWORTH

A RECORD number of apprentices are being trained to build the next fleet of nuclear-powered submarines in Barrow as plans were announced to take on hundreds more in 2017.

BAE Systems is training 2,000 workers across the country to complete the seven-boat Astute class and preparing to build four Dreadnought class subs as part of the Successor programme which was launched in October.

However, the engineering firm plants to recruit a further 574 apprentices by September 2017 as it is predicted that 5,000 members of staff will be working on the programme in the early 2020s.

At the time of the launch, Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock vowed to make sure that the construction of the submarines had a lasting impact on the town as a whole over its 15-year tenure in Barrow.

He said: “Our big challenge now which I have discussed at length is to ensure that the investment coming into the shipyard leaves a lasting legacy for all parts of Furness.

“This is our opportunity to market this incredible centre of manufacturing and engineering excellence to the world.”