Across the country, young people visited various BAE Systems sites yesterday as part of the Company’s annual ‘Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day’, a global initiative designed to offer the children of BAE Systems’ employees the opportunity to find out more about their parents’ working lives.
The initiative, aimed primarily at 14 to 16 year olds, has taken place for over 10 years at BAE Systems and aims to inform those involved about the exciting possibilities of careers in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
Richard Hamer, Education & Skills Director at BAE Systems, said:
“Engaging young people at an early age around STEM subjects is vital for the future of our business, and this day provides a fantastic opportunity to show them the important work we do. Ensuring a strong pipeline of future talent is something we’re heavily investing in, and this initiative is a brilliant way to help young people understand our business.
“We hope that what they will see today will capture their imaginations, and encourage them to think about their own future careers – and even consider following in the footsteps of their parents.”
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. Amongst others, this includes the Company’s annual Schools Roadshow in association with the Royal Air Force – which in 2015 will visit over 350 schools and STEM events in the UK, engaging over 35,000 young people in total with an inspiring, interactive STEM presentation.