Signal: BAE Systems pioneers shipbuilding skills with £12m academy in Glasgow

BAE Systems is starting construction of an Applied Shipbuilding Academy at its Scotstoun shipyard to improve shipbuilding expertise.

With a £12 million investment, the academy aims to upgrade the existing workforce and attract new talent, enhancing Glasgow’s shipbuilding heritage. At the same time, GlobalData job analytics reveals an increase in shipbuilding roles, highlighting the growing importance of the industry. Over the past four years, the United States has led the world, with 46,185 jobs actively posted, 1,007,247 jobs posted, and 980,802 jobs closed.

Commitment to the modernization of Glasgow’s shipbuilding industry

Construction is underway for the BAE Systems Applied Shipbuilding Academy, an investment in the heart of Glasgow’s shipbuilding industry. The Academy, with a trading floor and a learning hub, is designed to nurture talent from apprentices to senior leaders. This move is in line with BAE Systems’ commitment to modernizing Glasgow’s shipbuilding industry, ensuring it remains globally competitive.

BAE Systems has announced plans to hire around 2,700 apprentices and graduates in 2024, marking the company’s biggest ever recruitment drive.

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In this effort, GlobalData job analytics sheds light on the growing importance of shipbuilding roles. For the past four years, the UK has had to cover the US, Germany and France for “yard” work. BAE Systems’ commitment to expanding the UK workforce is underlined by GlobalData analytics, showing the UK as the second highest number of ‘Shipbuilding’ jobs within BAE Systems, with 136 currently active and 1,654 currently active present.

According to GlobalData’s information on the UK defense market, The UK’s position in NATO as an island nation located on the northern flank of NATO requires continued spending in both the submarine and surface vessel market. Continued shipbuilding is also vital to the national economy.

BAE Systems’ global impact on naval supply

BAE Systems has posted over 7,000 jobs over the past four years. In particular, shipbuilding jobs in the United States, the United Kingdom and India have increased, emphasizing the global reach of the countries’ requirements to expand their respective naval fleets.

The third leading supplier of naval ships and surface combatants in Europe will be BAE systems. set to hold a 4.0% share of the European market over 2023-33, according to GlobalData’s “Global Naval Vessels and Surface Combatants Market 2023-2033” report.

Paul Feely, director of academy and engineering at BAE Systems, is excited about the impact the new training facility will have, “This new training facility is an exciting demonstration of our commitment to shipbuilding on the Clyde, further enabling us to support thousands of highly skilled jobs in Scotland. Our investment in Glasgow will help us deliver the national enterprise that is the Type 26 programme.”

Clyde shipyards faced problems in the new year as more than 30 contractors involved in the Type 26 frigate project, employed by CBL Cable Contractors Limited at BAE Systems Govan and Scotstoun shipyards, ready to knock for payment and conditions.

In conjunction with the academy, BAE Systems is simultaneously investing £300 million in Glasgow, including a modern shipyard in Govan. These investments are set to boost productivity, supporting the delivery of eight Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy and potential future orders.

In 2022, the UK Royal Navy achieved a milestone as its first Type 26 frigate, HMS Glasgow, entered the water for the first time.

This initiative hopes to secure the future of shipbuilding in Glasgow and propel BAE Systems to the forefront of shipbuilding.

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