It’s a free annual event open to everyone but mainly aimed at 14-16 year olds. Attracting over 75,000 visitors it provides inspiration to young people to help them explore further education, skills and apprenticeships, and covers everything from fashion design to engineering.
This year nine BAE Systems apprentices are competing to bring home a medal in their chosen field, and may even go on to represent the UK at WorldSkills championships in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2015 or at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in 2017. Thomas Unthank and Rhys Davis from Electronic Solutions in Rochester, Kent are competing in the Industrial Electronics category whilst 21 year old Callum Goulder and 19 year old Sam Pugh both from the submarines business in Barrow-in-Furness are competing in the mechanical computer aided design (CAD) and construction metalwork competitions respectively. Josh Proctor, 19, a steelworker is also from the submarines business and has already been selected for Squad UK. Josh will now spend the next seven months training for a coveted placed in the team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015. From the military aircraft business in Lancashire, apprentices Adam Websdell and Callum James are also competing in the mechanical CAD competition with Mohammad Adam and Jacques Kippax competing in the CNC milling challenge.
In addition BAE Systems’ stand at the event is proving a popular draw. Manned by apprentices and graduates from across our business, the interactive exhibits are providing lots of hands-on experiences to help demonstrate the exciting technologies BAE Systems is renowned for, and is giving young visitors the chance to talk about potential career opportunities with us. As well as learning about air-bag lifts, visitors can test their pilot skills on our Typhoon Time app and get snapped in a Hawk helmet and flight suit.
We’re also the proud sponsor of the ‘large employer’ category at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which will take place during the event. See here: ftp.telegraph.co.uk/dt-pages/TDC400B4111311BDCTDCC4001.pdf to find out more about how industry and education are working together to encourage more young women into the engineering sector.
Richard Hamer, Director of Education for BAE Systems said: “As one of the country’s largest recruiters of apprentices there is no better place for us to promote the many varied opportunities that are available to young people in the company. We wish our young people all the very best in their competitions – they are outstanding ambassadors for our company and for apprenticeships more broadly.”
If you have secondary school-aged children that might benefit from attending, or just want to know more visit www.theskillsshow.com.