BAE Systems is aiming to recruit a record number of apprentices this year.

With 348 apprenticeships up for grabs at its Barrow base, the company has started its recruitment drive now.

An apprenticeship offers youngsters the opportunity to earn while they learn, but also gives them the chance to take on projects and work with their community.

Over the past 12 months, they have worked with local schools and colleges to encourage youngsters into engineering and even been award-winning.

Kirsten Bell was named UK Project Controls Apprentice of the year at the UK Project Controls Expo awards.

She joined BAE Systems three years ago and is studying to become a project manager.She led the development of a new online training module.

Alos last year, as part of their apprenticeship, more than 100 trainees visited South Walney Nature Reserve to litter pick.

Lorna Rigg, apprentice skills and development coach, said: “It helps show apprentices that BAE Systems is not just an engineering company, but we are so much more. We are one large team who support local communities.”