At a ceremony held in London, the Company was awarded the Diversity In Engineering Award; recognising the business’ achievement in doubling the number of female apprentices in its UK business over the past seven years, as well as its innovative approach to attracting more diverse candidates through education outreach activities that help to tackle gender perceptions about engineering.
The Company celebrated further success at the event with Glen Fraser, a fourth-year technician apprentice from its Naval Ships business, scooping the coveted Apprentice of the Year - Large Employer Award. Glen was recognised for his drive and determination to overcome personal challenges with dyslexia and become a talented engineer.
Glen was identified as having dyslexia in primary school but has not seen this as barrier to having a successful career in engineering. Glen is excelling in his apprenticeship and has won a number of awards, including the Prince Philip and Hammermen awards, and was named Naval Ships Apprentice of the Year in his first and third years of his apprenticeship.
Natalie Sigona, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BAE Systems, said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to growing a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can achieve their best. It is important that we lead and inspire high performing teams and we are committed to creating a diverse workforce, which reflects the communities we work in.”
BAE Systems has undertaken an innovative approach to help bridge the diversity and inclusion gap within industry. Each year the Company delivers 98 Movement to Work placements to young unemployed people and has encouraged over 40 suppliers to participate in the scheme by offering similar placements.