Seven of our engineers have become the latest to secure funding to study at university as part of a scheme set up to boost skills in the aerospace industry.

The employees have landed places on the Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme which is supported by ten industry partners along with Government, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Stephen Porter, an avionics engineer, is one of this year’s intake and is studying towards his MSc qualification in software engineering at Oxford University, making him one of the first to study at the prestigious University under the bursary scheme.

Stephen Porter, an Avionics engineer at BAE Systems

He joined the company’s Military Air and Information (MAI) business in Lancashire as a software engineer in 2008 and worked on some of the world’s leading aircraft including the Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets.

Stephen said: “I have spent the majority career working in the field of aerospace software engineering, so the opportunity to study for a formal qualification at Oxford University without the financial hurdle is a real highlight.

“It is professional recognition for the work I have done and will allow me to progress further in my career, supporting my aspiration to become a chartered engineer and being able to represent BAE Systems within the aerospace community.”

In addition to the seven employees that will join the programme this year, our company has also supported a total of 14 external students in gaining a bursary as part of the scheme. In total, we have supported 33 external candidates in this way since the programme’s inception.

Simon Luxmoore, Chief Executive of the Royal Aeronautical Society, added: “Strengthening the skills of professionals currently working, or looking to make a career move into the aerospace industry, is essential to ensuring the UK continues to be a global leader in advanced design, technology and manufacturing.

“The success of the programme will have a positive lasting impact on the industry for years to come.”

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