Embrace the opportunity in a career with real purpose

We’re a skilled, collaborative, and increasingly diverse community of over 90,000 people in over 40 countries, creating some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace, marine, land and security solutions.

We deliver cutting-edge technology that really counts.

At our core is an overarching purpose – we play our part in protecting those who protect us, making the future more secure for everyone. 

Accelerate your career by choosing a BAE Systems programme and you'll get all the training, learning and support you need to make sure your talent shines. 

Our graduates come from all walks of life, and with your unique skills and experiences, you'll play an important role in creating a secure tomorrow for generations to come. 

Wherever your career interests lie – from project management, technology and engineering, to manufacturing, consulting and finance, or wider business disciplines – at BAE Systems, you have the chance to make a real impact, whichever team you join.

With opportunities nationwide, joining BAE Systems means working alongside the brightest minds and learning through valuable hands-on experience and formal training – developing a rewarding career, from day one. 

Why BAE Systems?

  • No.1 Most Attractive Employer with Engineering Professionals in the UK, Universum
  • 25th in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers (our highest ranking in 22 years)
  • #1 Engineering Employer of Choice as voted for by female engineering students

Choose the right opportunity for you

For finalists, postgraduates and career changers, we have both our Accelerate Graduate Programme, and Finance Accelerate Programme. The flexible nature of our programmes enable you to self-pace your time on programme from 18-36 months.

For undergraduates, we have a range of experiences available to help build your skills and develop your career – all before you graduate. Take a look at our 12 month industrial placements, 12 week summer internships or insight experiences. 

What are the benefits of our graduate programmes? 

  • Experience and qualifications: get hands-on experience working on real-life projects, with real responsibilities, as well as fully funded professional qualifications dependant on the programme you join.  
  • Training and mentoring: after an immersive induction, you’ll join dedicated buddy schemes, mentoring and one-to-one coaching for both skills training and personal development.
  • Social and networking: connect with other graduates and employees in different locations and programmes through community initiatives, further development assignments and social events.
  • Market-leading benefits: our programmes give you a competitive starting salary and lots of other benefits like product and service discounts and cycle to work schemes.

Building a better tomorrow

We want to help change the world we live in for the better – and that starts with our workplace. We're committed to building a truly diverse, inclusive, and equitable place to work. We actively promote a culture of respect so everyone can be free to be themselves. It empowers us to do our best work, it enables us to grow, and brings us together to find new and better ways to protect what really matters.

Our ambitions

We want to lead the way in our sector and beyond. By 2030 we have set our ambition for women to make up at least 50% of our Executive Committee and 30% of our workforce. We’re determined to be more diverse at all levels of the organisation and to be truly representative of the communities in which we operate. There’s work to do, but we’re focused on attracting the best people to work here – regardless of gender, age, ethnic or religious background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic. To secure our ambitious future, we are committed to investing in our people. Without them, there is no us. Working here, whatever your role, you will find the tools, support, and inclusive environment to fulfil your ambitions and make an impact now and in the future.  

Our commitment

Our graduates will be part of a culture that’s committed to working to the highest ethical and environmental standards, in an inclusive work environment. Making a positive contribution to the countries and communities in which we operate.

Join us – and embrace the opportunity for a brighter, better and more secure tomorrow.

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Global defence, aerospace and security company.
900 graduate and undergraduate 2023 opportunities
We employ 90,500 people around the world.
We operate in more than 40 countries. With 50 UK sites.
We're a global defence supplier and innovator.
We invest £90m+ annually in education and skills.
Over 1,000 early careers hires in the UK in 2019.
Over 21,000 students have Followed us on Gradcracker.

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