BAE Systems has given its backing to the search for the aerospace engineers of the future.
The company, which employs thousands of people across its bases throughout the United Kingdom, is one of nine firms supporting the Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme, which aims to break down barriers for those who wish to study Master’s level degrees in aerospace engineering.
The £6m scheme provides 500 ambitious employees and new graduates with financial backing.
Simon Howison, engineering director in BAE Systems’ Military Air and Information division, said the scheme would help to drive up the number of top-quality skilled engineers coming into the industry.
He said: “This scheme is an opportunity to support and invest in upskilling the industry and BAE Systems is proud to be part of the scheme.”
“Breaking down the barriers preventing these people getting into the industry is crucial if the UK is to continue to set the highest standards, and ensure BAE Systems and its partner organisations remain competitive in global markets.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable told the scheme’s launch event at the Royal Academy of Engineering, which runs the programme with the Royal Aeronautical Society: “Training and skills are important to its continued success, which is why they are an integral part of our Aerospace Industrial Strategy.
“Collaborating with industry through this scheme the Government will help to create the next generation of highly-skilled engineers.
“We need bright and talented people to drive the industry forward so we can stay ahead of global competition.”
BAE Systems is supporting 28 of the 42 universities taking part in the scheme.