The girls, aged between 14 and 19, travelled from the local area and from as far as Helensburgh, to experience a work placement tailored around different strands of engineering.
Michelle Knott, Corporate Responsibility Advisor from Maritime-Submarines, said: “I worked with engineering graduates to design a work placement that will give the students a realistic taster of what working in engineering is like.
“We find that more often than not, work experience placements are dominated by boys so we decided to create an all-girls opportunity – which is a first for our business.
“As well as providing the students with the chance to sample different elements of engineering and what a career could be like with BAE Systems, this will also show them that they’re not a minority – there are a lot of girls in the local community with similar interests.”
Throughout the week, the students will take part in practical workshops to try out mechanical and electrical engineering skills, experience life in an engineering design office, as well as some experience in project management.
The placement kicks off work experience at Maritime-Submarines for 2014. In the previous academic year, 104 school children came into the business on work experience. This year, the business has pledged to double the number of young people who get an insight into working life in the shipyard.
Students studying for their GCSEs or A-levels are eligible to apply for work experience placements at BAE Systems in Barrow. To find out more, or to apply, please visit: www.baesystemseducationprogramme.com