Our business was one of 40 organisations honoured with a Princess Royal Training Award for creating lasting impact by successfully linking skills development needs to business productivity and performance.
Movement to Work is a voluntary collaboration of UK employers committed to providing unemployed young people with valuable experience, vocational training, mentoring and support to help them find employment. BAE Systems has supported the scheme since its set-up in 2014; hosting nearly 300 people in work experience placements at its sites across the UK.
The awards honour employers who can demonstrate that they have created outstanding training and skills development programmes which link development needs and performance.
Steve Fogg, Managing Director of BAE Systems Shared Services, said:
“We are thrilled that our Movement to Work programme has been recognised with this prestigious award. It is a fantastic programme to be involved in as it makes a real difference in helping young people currently not in education, employment or training, to get hands-on work experience as well as skills training; often resulting in real job offers.
“In just four weeks, we see participants grow in confidence and self-belief which helps their real talent and potential shine through more clearly, so that an employer can see what they truly have to offer.
“For BAE Systems, by opening us up to people from a broader range of backgrounds and life experiences, it helps us to create a more diverse workforce and find new talent for the future.”
“What’s even more fantastic for our team is that this is the second year in a row that we’ve been successful in obtaining a Princess Royal Training Award: in 2016, our world-leading apprenticeship programme achieved the same recognition.”
Vasi Nadarajah, Programme Director for Movement to Work, added:
“BAE Systems has consistently shown itself as an industry-leader and pioneer through the Movement to Work scheme. This distinguished award is a fitting tribute to their initiatives in tackling youth unemployment.”