Potential young aircraft engineers of the future were given a peak behind the scenes at BAE Systems to see what their parents’ job is all about.
Youngsters visited the factories at Warton and Samlesbury, as the company opened its doors to almost 100 young people as part of the company’s annual Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day.
It offered young people aged 13 and 14 the opportunity to find out more about their parents’ working day at the two sites, whether it be in an office or engineering or test department or in a manufacturing environment.
This year more than 260 young people visited BAE Systems sites across the country.
At the company’s Warton site the visit involved a tour of the Typhoon Final Assembly facility, while at Samlesbury young people were taken to the New Product and Process Development Centre.
At both sites, students got involved in networking activities designed to make them aware of the variety of roles the Company has to offer.
They also took part in a number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) based activities to help them understand more about engineering.
Richard Hamer, Director of Early Careers at BAE Systems, said: “BAE Systems is a company with great ambitions and a big part of that is ensuring we build a strong pipeline of future talent to continue the work we do.
“Engaging young people early around STEM subjects and future careers is a vital part of that process, and the opportunities at our Warton and Samlesbury sites to see where and how mum and dad work is a brilliant way to help young people understand and be excited about our business.”
BAE Systems invests around £80m each year in liaison with schools and employee development.
It runs a number of initiatives each year to highlight the importance of STEM subjects to young people.
This includes the company’s annual Schools Roadshow in association with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force – which in 2016 will visit over 420 schools - and STEM events in the UK, engaging over 90,000 young people in total with an inspiring, interactive STEM presentation.