Nescot’s first ever Combat Systems Engineering students have started their Higher Apprenticeships at the college.
The four-year course, run jointly with BAE Systems, was launched in spring and gives eight students the chance to work on the ‘brains’ of the Royal Navy’s next generation of complex warships.
The apprentices will be designing, developing and integrating state-of-the-art naval combat systems, which help give crew members the information and capability to operate more effectively.
"We were really glad to welcome our new apprentices to the college, and we look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength," said Lindsey Biggs, director of Employer Services at Nescot.
"The Higher Apprenticeship will enable the students to get their qualifications while gaining really high-quality work experience and developing important skills like communication, teamwork and problem-solving."
Jennifer Osbaldestin, Naval Ships Combat Systems Director at BAE Systems, said: "Bringing in fresh talent is what drives our business forward, so it’s a delight to welcome such enthusiastic budding engineers to our business.
"Although our new apprentices will spend their first year at Nescot working towards a Higher National Diploma and Level 4 NVQ, we will look for opportunities to invite them to our sites in New Malden and Frimley before their on-the-job training starts in their second year."
The apprentices are studying full-time at Nescot this year, and will attend college one day a week in their second and third years, with block placements in their final year.
More than 80 people applied for the scheme, which was expanded from the six places planned to eight due to the high calibre of the students.
The group had their induction at BAE Systems’ Frimley site on September 10, where they learnt more about the Naval Ships business, met senior leaders and took part in team-building exercises including making a marble run.