Work experience for 14 to 18 years
Work experience is a great way to consider your career choices and give you a better view of opportunities available. You’ll get a taster of the possibilities on offer and a chance to develop the experience, skills and behaviours employers are looking for.
We’re committed to being an inclusive workplace, made stronger by different ideas from different people, with different backgrounds. Work experience can be the first opportunity for our potential workforce to get to know us, so we’re keen to offer places to as broad a range of people as possible. We particularly encourage those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and we guarantee a gender balance in the number of work experience placements we offer.
Work experience placements are available at the majority of our sites and cover lots of different types of jobs including office administration as well as engineering. Placements can involve working in a variety of different environments and usually last for one week.
Engineering Taster Weeks
Get real-world experience as an engineer and first-hand experience of the cutting-edge projects at BAE Systems. If you’re aged 16-18, you can apply to join one of our Engineering Taster Weeks at our Warton/Samlesbury, Portsmouth and Rochester sites which usually take place in July every year. Dates, when confirmed, will be available on our events page.
On your Taster Week, you will:
- Work on real engineering projects
- Hear about the work we do from engineers across the business
- Gain careers advice
- Learn about our world-leading products through facility tours and product demonstrations
Movement to Work
Trying to find work when you don’t have a job and are not in education or training can be really frustrating, and the “no experience, no job – no job, no experience” cycle can seem impossible to break. If you’re aged 18-24 and find yourself in this difficult position, our Movement to Work programme can offer you valuable experience, employability skills and give your confidence a real boost.
BAE Systems is a leading part of a voluntary collaboration of UK employers committed to providing long-term unemployed young people with experience and vocational training to help them find jobs. Every year we offer 100 work placements across our main sites to young people who are not in employment or education.
Movement to Work is a four-week long programme which gives participants practical employability training including CV writing, interview skills and team-work experience, delivered by specialist trainers and The Prince’s Trust.
The programme includes a two-week work experience placement doing real work, in real teams that could include engineering, finance, HR, procurement, IT, manufacturing or administration. The programme concludes with a celebration event, giving participants the opportunity to share their experiences with senior leaders from BAE Systems.
Take a first step by finding out what programmes are available at BAE Systems and other companies, and registering your interest. You can do this at either the Movement to Work or Prince’s Trust website.