Youngsters battling for a foothold in the world of work are being given help to shine at the Fylde’s aircraft producers.
BAE Systems is helping young jobseekers with a scheme designed to help tackle youth unemployment.
The Movement to Work programme, run with the help of the Prince’s Trust, provides work experience, develops employability skills and increases the chances for youngsters to get back into the workplace.
A dozen young people took part in the first fortnight long programme which was based at BAE’s sites in Preston and Samlesbury and another group are now due to start at Warton at the end of the month.
During their stay they worked on a range of projects including on the world’s biggest fighter jet programme, F-35, to gain vital skills which they hope will benefit them in their hunt for work.
Jack Boyers, 24, spent his two weeks in the Assembly Engineering Building where he was able to put into practice skills learnt while studying for a foundation degree in computer.
He said: “I would not have been able to get these skills anywhere elsewhere and it gave me the chance to work alongside people doing the process planning around CAD models.
Andy Bloor, head of early careers at BAE Systems MAI business, said: “A lot of them have told us they have had an opportunity to put skills they have picked up at college or university in to practice and develop themselves in a way they would not otherwise.
“We hope they will be able to take this experience and find a way into the world of work.”