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Our Schemes

Engineering Sponsorship Programme

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Our Engineering Sponsorship Programme within the Military Air & Information business unit.

Scheme Overview

Within Military Air & Information the Engineering Sponsorship Programme will see you gaining invaluable experience in the real world. You’ll be working alongside some of the top professionals in their field. Taking your place as part of the team in one of our UK businesses, you’ll share in the everyday challenges, develop new skills and acquire a fascinating insight into our business. In turn you could even secure a place on one of our graduate schemes at the end of your degree.

Your Learning and Development

We recognise that your development is key for you to fulfil your potential in the world of work, which is why all our placements offer you the chance to develop new skills and gain valuable industry experience. Put theory into practice, learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, and gain insights that can only come from real world experience.


  • 10 week summer placement at the beginning of your degree programme (post Year 1) followed by
  • An Industrial Placement year (57 weeks) in the middle of your degree programme – 3 different placements.
  • Another 10 week summer placement at the end of your degree programme prior to your final year.
  • Placements paid pro-rata with the (GDF) graduate scheme salary scale. Starting salary of £16,250 per annum (pro-rata)
  • Bursary payments in November and March of each year, providing that you remain on the programme.
  • Direct entry onto the MAI GDF (Graduate Development Framework) scheme as a graduate engineer, subject to business need and your performance whilst on placement.
  • Inspirational placements, at either Warton or Samlesbury, within the Military Air & Information business unit of BAE Systems.
  • A conditional offer to join our Industrial Placement Scheme (subject to performance and availability of suitable roles) without the need to reapply
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday per annum (dependant on the length of your placement)

What You’ll Need

To join our Engineering Sponsorship Scheme within Military Air & Information you must be in your first year and on course to achieve at least a 2:1 Bachelors degree. This must be in an engineering, numerical or scientific subject. Although the academic requirements are important, we also want you to see opportunity where others see problems and think around challenges that others can't navigate. You'll use the resources at your fingertips and the skills you’ll develop to collaborate with your team and find solutions to real life problems.


We place great importance not just on what we do, but how we do it. As a result, we encourage our employees to share their time and expertise to support local communities. At the end of each day, you can walk away knowing that what you do makes a difference.


Application Process

Our selection process works on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask all candidates to apply online using our application form to ensure our selection process is completely fair and consistent. Your online application will then go through a variety of selection methods, either online or face-to-face, and is likely to conclude at an on-site interview.

We particularly welcome applications from women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, and will make reasonable adjustments to our application and selection process for people with disabilities.

Hints & Tips

When you prepare your application, think carefully about the role you are interested in and your skills. Use plain English and stick to the word limit. Also make sure to give full details of your degree modules, relevant final year projects and work experience. Hiring managers will want to see what you’ve done and how this fulfils what they are looking for. 

For more information on hints and tips to help you prior to submitting your application, please refer to our Apply Now page, where you will find further details. 

Apply now!