The UN defines a youth as a person aged between the ages of 15 and 24, and in recognition of the issues facing the youth population throughout the world, designates the date of 12th August to International Youth Day. This year, there is a particular focus on youth migration.

In acknowledgement of this day, BAE Systems is showcasing just a few of the programmes and initiatives that are focused on developing and educating young people across our home markets and beyond.


In August 2013, BAE Systems Intelligence & Security President, DeEtte Gray, participated in a discussion with U.S. Army officials and more than 30 directors, executive directors, CEOs and other national leaders in education on how both the public and private sectors can advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to develop a more skilled and prepared youth workforce for the future.

BAE Systems is a strong supporter of STEM education efforts, including For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a nonprofit that inspires young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. During the 2012 to 2013 school year, BAE Systems, Inc. sponsored and mentored a total of 127 student teams.Learn more here


BAE Systems Australia’s Weapons Systems team has hit the mark with its work experience program for secondary students, which are now in its second year.
Two students recently completed the program within the Aerospace Business Unit.

They were very appreciative of the opportunity to talk to a range of people about their work and career paths, to understand our business, particularly our work on the anti-ship missile decoy, Nulka and Autonomous Systems, and to complete some practical work.

It is focused on students interviewing employees in various roles about what they do and how they got to where they are today. Students are then asked to present to management on their final day about their experience. Weapons Systems hope to host three to five students each year. 

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Rebecca Onifade moved to the UK from Nigeria in 2010. She took a place at one of the Summer Internships that are offered throughout the UK, working in the Shared Services Department in Farnborough.

Rebecca said “Working in BAE Systems has helped develop me not just professionally but also personally. Being treated as part of the team has helped increase my self-responsibility and personal ownership not just to my work but also to my team mates.

I have also had the opportunity to relate with people from different backgrounds which has helped increase, not only my knowledge of other cultures, but also how to converse with people from various backgrounds.

It has given me the boost of confidence I needed to compete in the increasingly challenging and competitive international job market.”

Inspiration for International Youth Day - UK  


BAE Systems was a Gold Sponsor of the EmiratesSkills National Competition in April 2013. The event aims to encourage young Emiratis to be passionate about new trades and embrace technology-based career pathways through a series of technical and vocational skills challenges.

Warton based BAE Systems Quality Engineer, Sean Gallagher, was one representative that supported the competition. He gave a talk to the competitors of the aircraft fitting competition on his experience as a former BAE Systems apprentice and his early career.

Sean said “The best part of the experience was getting young people engaged and thinking about their careers going forward. It is essential that we encourage and facilitate an interest maths and science and maintain the life blood of our industry”

BAE Systems showcased a replica of a Eurofighter Typhoon cockpit and a range of games designed to test mental agility as part of the event.

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