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Supporting communities

In action: Apprentice Innovation Challenge

Each year, we put the ingenuity of our apprentices to good use by helping our charity partners tackle real life problems through the BAE Systems Apprentice Innovation Challenge.

Teams of apprentices from across our UK businesses take part in the competition, with just nine months to research, choose, design and build their unique solution.

Since it started, winning solutions have included an arm rehabilitation device to help stroke patients with restricted movements carry out everyday tasks, and a device that helps evacuate care home residents with limited mobility in an emergency.

One previous partner charity was so impressed with an information pod developed to improve the availability and accessibility of information in community centres for people affected by cancer that the apprentices’ work is in the prototype stages with the hope of being taken to full scale production.

The Challenge also helps apprentices learn valuable communication, teamwork, networking, negotiation, leadership and project management skills. Many have used the experience to boost their careers, some have gone on to study for degrees and PhDs and others have won prestigious awards such as the Advanced Apprentice of the Year.