BAE Systems and Wates join forces to develop world class apprentice complex | Wates

Wates Construction is set to build BAE Systems’ new Central Training Facility in Barrow, which will cater for the company’s growing number of apprentices.

The £21.3m build contract is the latest in a line of projects delivered by the leading contractor on behalf of BAE Systems Submarines. This includes the recent completion of the new Resolution Building – the first new build in the redevelopment programme to transform the Barrow shipyard.

Building work at the Central Training Facility is expected to commence later this month and will see Wates create a new teaching block complete with reception, classrooms and offices. The development will also include a central ‘street’ with welfare facilities, craft workshops, changing rooms and a restaurant.

The new centre will provide training facilities for BAE Systems’ Successor Programme and is intended to boost the business’ existing submarine trade labour pool.

Tony Johns, Managing Director of BAE Systems Submarines, commented:

“The new facility will provide a modern learning environment to supplement the training our apprentices already receive.”

Phil Harrison, Managing Director of Wates Construction Midlands & North, said:

“The strength of a project lies in the reciprocal values of its partners and Wates shares with BAE Systems a long-standing commitment to invest in the future workforce, which will enable us to create a truly world class centre for training.

Having started my working life as a shipbuilding apprentice in Barrow, I take great pride in being a part of such an important development and I can personally attest to the difference that this significant investment will make to the careers of local people.”

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