BAE Systems Maritime Services has a proud record of delivering excellent development opportunities to a diverse range of young people through our apprenticeship and graduate programmes which are increasing year on year. Last year we employed more than 50 apprentices across the Solent and we plan on doubling this figure in 2015.
However, it is also important we engage with young people at an early stage in their education both to inform them about who we are and what we do and, to inspire them to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM).
To this end we work with local schools, colleges and universities as well as educational bodies and charities to deliver a vast, varied programme of events including school engineering challenges, careers fairs and roadshows, site visits and work experience placements. We make these events as hands-on and interactive as possible to really give the young people a feel for what we do and show them how they can develop skills in certain disciplines.
The biggest contributor to the success of our education programme is the involvement of our employees. In my role, something I am particularly proud of is the increase in the number of our Maritime Services employees registered as Education Ambassadors from 40 a year ago to 110 in 2015. As well as attending events, these employees willingly volunteer their time to help mentor young people and provide advice on writing CVs and interview techniques. I think this personal aspect of our outreach programme really demonstrates our investment in young people.
We are also committed to helping young people who are not in education, employment or training to gain work experience through the Movement to Work initiative. This is a great scheme which is supported by over 100 employers from across the UK who have come together to commit to giving young people the skills and confidence to find a job. I am pleased to say four of our most recent work experience candidates impressed us so much that they have now been accepted onto our four year apprenticeship scheme due to start in September, at Portsmouth Naval Base.
A particular source of pride, both for myself and all those supporting our education strategy was when BAE Systems Maritime Services recently won an Investors in Young People Gold Award from Hampshire County Council. The award recognises the efforts many people across our business have made to inspire young people in their education and enables us to take a step back and reflect on our achievements and examine how we can do more in the future.
I firmly believe that it was our passion and continued commitment to young people that has helped us to achieve gold standards in Hampshire. But, we are not complacent. We will continue to strive for gold with our future education and early careers programme so we can have the most positive influence on the lives and ambitions of even more young people in our communities.
Vivienne Hine is HR Manager - Education & Early Careers at BAE Systems Maritime Services. Vivienne has been with the company since 1996 and has undertaken a variety of HR Manager roles in that time. Prior to her work at BAE Systems, Vivienne held different HR roles in a variety of organisations including the NHS, The English Sports Council and the Sara Lee Corporation.