BAE Systems is growing its operations in Massachusetts. Within the last year, we have hired more than 60 employees across our facilities in Burlington and Lexington bringing our total workforce count to more than 350. With the uptick in hiring we have opportunities for 50 more employees to join the company this year to support our FAST Labs™ and Survivability, Targeting & Sensing Solutions business areas that operate in the Commonwealth.
Our involvement in the community is expanding in tandem with our rising employee headcount, having recently been named a 2018 Top Charitable Contributor by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) for which we will be honored at the 13th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards on September 6 at Fenway Park in Boston.
We are expanding in Massachusetts, much in part because the state offers a highly skilled workforce that includes a rich pipeline of talent from the state’s best-in-class network of higher education institutions. To ensure a future talent pool for careers focusing on the science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) disciplines, we are committed to investing in strategic programs through grants, sponsorships, scholarships, internships, and employee volunteer opportunities that support STEM education. Our other philanthropic focus is supporting our service members, veterans, and their families.
In 2017, charitable contributions to Massachusetts nonprofits approached $500,000 and the state’s employees gave more than 580 volunteer hours. Some highlights of our community support in Massachusetts include:
- We have been a major sponsor of the Run to Home Base since its inception in 2009. The Run to Home Base supports the Home Base Program, which provides free and confidential support services for veterans and their family members dealing with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury after returning from combat. Nearly 200 of our employees participated in the event as runners or volunteers. The sponsorship helps send nearly 1,000 care packages created at the event to service men and women overseas and allows for a special tribute for “Families of the Fallen” at the Red Sox game.
- At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, students entering their senior year in high school gathered to participate in Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI), a four-week STEM program. We were a sponsor and provided scholarships to students to attend BWSI and participate in hands-on projects, online courses, and lectures that help them develop critical skills that are in demand in today’s commercial and defense companies.
- In recognition of all military personnel serving our country, we sponsor Military May at the Museum of Science to enable the museum to offer free admission to active military personnel and their families during this month, recognized across the country as National Military Appreciation Month.
- Each fall, we host active-duty military personnel and their families at Smolak Farms in North Andover for an apple-picking event. Each service person and their family is treated to a half bushel of apples, a pumpkin, apple cider donuts, and an opportunity to participate in other various fall activities at the farm. This event reaches more than 400 military families in the New England area. We also partner with the farm for our annual Trees for Our Heroes event, which provides close to 300 holiday trees, annually, to service members and their families.
Our operations in Massachusetts include the BAE Systems FAST Labs business area, a research and development business that collaborates with business areas across the company’s global enterprise to develop and implement advanced technology capabilities. Committed to protecting and providing customers with reliable advanced technology, skilled engineers and scientists in the state focus in the areas of advanced electronics, autonomy, cyber and electronic warfare. Massachusetts is also home to our Survivability, Targeting & Sensing Solutions business, whose engineering design capabilities include imaging modules and camera cores that support a variety of applications in the pro-video and photo, civil security, scientific, and industrial markets.
The BBJ’s Corporate Citizenship Awards are a time to celebrate the power of companies making an impact in the community by giving back. We are proud to be a part of this year’s awards, which will recognize a record number of companies for their charitable contributions and are honored to be joining our industry partners for a night of networking and discussion on how we can continue to make a difference in Massachusetts.