BAE Systems is playing host to students from a key middle eastern country.
Young engineers from the United Arab Emirates are at Warton as part of a new co-operative agreement with an Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company.
The Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) agreement will see the two companies set up an international internship programme for Emirati students, and an outreach programme for school children in the UAE.
The first students have arrived in Lancashire with support from Abu Dhabi Education Council on the internship programme which will run until 2020.
Each year five full-time undergraduate engineering students will be selected to attend an intensive 18-week programme at BAE Systems’ Military Air and Information business in Lancashire.
Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council said: “This agreement is a key step towards strengthening the development of our students and the UAE’s future workforce.
“We’re confident that Mubadala and BAE Systems’ partnership on this initiative will supply UAE youth with the strong technical and engineering skills needed to compete in the global marketplace and ensure UAE competitiveness for generations to come.”
Over the course of the internship, students will be immersed in real-life industry scenarios aligned to their engineering disciplines, including projects such as the evaluation of a large photovoltaic array for BAE Systems, industrial robots in aerospace manufacturing and additive manufacturing or 3D printing technologies.
Homaid Al Shemmari, CEO of Aerospace & Engineering Services at Mubadala, said: “In line with Abu Dhabi’s vision to establish a global aerospace hub, we constantly strive to contribute to the development of the country’s knowledge based economy in order to bring best-in-class technologies and practices to the region.”
Chris Boardman, from Military Air & Information, BAE Systems, said: “In setting up this internship programme with Mubadala, BAE Systems is able to support the UAE’s ambitions of developing a significant presence in the aerospace sector, whilst sharing and transferring knowledge to the Emirati talent of both now and in the future.”
The UAE has yet to decide on an aircraft to replace its ageing Mirage fleet. A possible deal with BAE to buy up to 60 Typhoons collapsed in December 2013.