Defence giant BAE Systems plans to recruit a record 800 apprentices in 2020 in one of a number of programmes it runs, the company has announced.

The new recruits will join more than 25 schemes across the company's Air, Maritime, Land and Cyber divisions, combining recognised qualifications with on-the-job training.

Most of the new apprentices will join either the Air or Maritime sectors where they will work on some of the biggest programmes of their kind in the UK, including air combat technologies for the RAF and the Dreadnought programme - a new generation of submarine for the Royal Navy that will replace the Vanguard class.

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Charles Woodburn, chief executive of BAE Systems, said: "Our apprentices are the lifeblood of our business.

"I'm incredibly proud of the significant contribution they make to the design and delivery of our most complex products, equipment and services, helping to ensure BAE Systems remains at the forefront of technology and innovation and safeguards our national security for decades to come.

"As technology and our workplace evolves, it's critical that we continue to invest in training the next generation of engineers and leaders.

"By working alongside industry peers, government and the education sector, we can ensure we are ready to respond to complex challenges of the future."

BAE Systems said it invested more than £100 million in education, skills and early careers activities in the UK in 2018, and has around 2,000 apprentices in training, with about 95% securing permanent roles.

The company employs more than 34,000 people in the UK and is one of the country's largest employers of engineers, with around two-thirds of its staff employed in engineering or related roles.

Recruitment for the apprenticeships will run until February 28.

Homes added £12 per day on average onto their value during 2019, according to a property website.

In some parts of Britain, property values have ballooned by an average of nearly £40 every day over the past year - but in some other parts of the country homes saw around £20 per day knocked off their value typically.

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The total value of Britain's housing market increased by £124 billion across 2019 - an increase of 1.6% - Zoopla said.
Britain's housing market is now worth about £7.8 trillion, its analysis found.

The increase equates to £4,702 being added onto the value of an average home over the past 12 months - or around £12 per day.

Across Britain, the average property value was estimated at £296,785.

Scotland has seen faster house price growth than the average across Britain over the past year.

The whole housing market in Scotland has seen values increase by 2.2% to an average of £171,195.

In Edinburgh, homes have piled £39.39 a day on average to their value over the past year, the research found.

England lagged behind with annual growth of 1.5%. But the average property in England is valued at a higher level than Scotland or Wales, at £316,784.

Calls are being stepped up for a fresh inquiry into the previous government's handling of the collapse of travel giant Thomas Cook after a study suggested most former employees are still out of work.

Unite said only around a fifth of the company's ex-workers had found another job, more than three months after it went out of business.

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The union said most former Thomas Cook employees had made cutbacks over Christmas.

Many of those who have found another job are earning less than when they worked for Thomas Cook, or were on contracts which were less family friendly, Unite said.

The union said the Transport Select Committee should hold an inquiry into how the Department for Transport handled the crisis.

Unite argued that thousands of jobs could have been saved if the airline side of the company had been helped to keep in business.

Officials said problems faced by former workers had been worsened by problems they have experienced trying to access Universal Credit or Jobseekers' Allowance.