About us

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of 85,800 people in more than 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

if you want to help deliver cutting edge technology that really counts, we have the best in the business waiting to mentor you and help you develop a career where you’ll make a real difference. There’s a huge range of opportunities to inspire you and the options below will help you find the path that’s right for you.

With opportunities in engineering, manufacturing, project management, business development, IT and finance, we’re looking for individuals with drive and enthusiasm who can help us stay ahead.

Our graduate and undergraduate schemes will give you the skills you need to navigate through challenges that bring others to a standstill and make the very most of your talents. We place great importance not only on what we do, but how and why we do it. We are passionate, collaborative, and take pride in work that helps our customers and communities. Working for BAE Systems, you’ll go home at the end of each day knowing that what you do really makes a difference where it counts.

Why join us? Graduates

Our graduates meet real world challenges from the day they join us. Listen to what some of them have to say about the opportunities they have experienced on the BAE Systems graduate programme.

Applied Intelligence

If you are passionate about delivering advanced technology solutions, our Applied Intelligence Future Talent roles offer unique placements working on cutting-edge, industry-leading projects.


The Finance Leader Development Programme (FLDP) is our five-year scheme for high-calibre graduates with the potential and determination to become BAE Systems finance leaders of tomorrow.

Graduate Programme

The BAE Systems graduate programme combines formal learning with valuable real-world experience, giving graduates the opportunity to develop in their chosen field from day one. BAE Systems place great importance not only on what they do, but how and why they do it.

Their graduates are supported throughout the programme with training and mentoring, enabling them to make the very most of their talents and develop a career where they’ll make a real difference.

Industrial Placement (12 months)

If you have the talent, now is the time to put it to the test. We have approximately 90 one-year placements available each year and they all offer you the chance to develop new skills and gain invaluable industry experience in the world.

Summer Internship (12 weeks)

A summer internship at BAE Systems gives you a valuable 12 week insight into working life at one of the world’s most innovative companies. If you secure one of the 100+ placements available across our UK business, you’ll receive on-the-job training within a structured framework. We only offer placements when there’s work with real impact to be completed. It’s a great way to put theory into practice.


To apply, you’ll need to have a minimum 2:2 Bachelor’s degree in a related subject for our graduate programme and be on course to achieving a 2:2 for our undergraduate schemes, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance.

For finance, you will need to be on course or have a minimum of 2:1 including 120 new tariff UCAS points or equivalent (excluding general studies).

To join the Applied Intelligence team you’ll need or be on track for a 2:2 Bachelor’s degree and at least 128 UCAS points. STEM subjects are desirable for engineering roles.

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We work in the following sectors

  • Aerospace
  • Chemicals
  • Cybersecurity
  • Defence
  • Electronics
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine
  • Nuclear

Employee Profiles

Dale - Graduate Engineer, Maritime Services

"BAE Systems is an amazing company to work for and the support provided to help one..."

Loretta - Graduate Commerical Officer

"BAE Systems is such a vast company with multiple lines of businesses and functions."
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BAE Systems engineers in the UK design, develop, test and produce more than 100 new inventions each year.
Trusted. Innovative. Bold. These are our core values. They help shape who we are as a company.
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We are 31 in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers & listed in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women.
Undergrad intake: 100+
Graduate intake: 155+
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