We are working with the Royal Airforce and Royal Navy to open the eyes of young people to the career possibilities of studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects with our annual schools roadshow.
Pupils across the UK will be treated to an interactive show covering themes that will educate them around energy and the importance it plays in everyday life.
Addressing the UK skills gap
With a continued shortage of engineering skills in the UK and lack of diversity across the engineering sector, the roadshow aims to inspire young people across the country, highlighting the exciting career opportunities on offer and how these relate to STEM subjects.
Marking its 15th anniversary, this year's show focuses on energy and the importance it plays in everyday life, from new ways to harness natural sources, to how the human body converts food into kinetic and thermal energy. A series of interactive workshops and demonstrations will showcase various applications and bring it to life for pupils.
Engaging with schools throughout the UK
The roadshow is our flagship education programme and will visit around 450 schools across the length and breadth of the UK this year. Since its launch in 2005, the roadshow has visited 3,700 schools and been seen by 850,000 young people.
"Inspiring the next generation of young people to consider engineering must start at school. With STEM underpinning much of what we do in the modern world, the schools roadshow brings to life its importance and highlights to young people the exciting, and sometimes surprising, career opportunities that are available.
At BAE Systems, we're proud of the role we're playing to help address the UK skills gap and by working alongside government, the education sector and industry partners, we are committed to developing the highly skilled workforce of the future."
Richard Hamer, Education and Skills Director
We invested more than £100m in education, skills and early careers activities in the UK in 2018. With more than 34,000 people in the UK, we are one of the country’s largest employers of engineers – with around 2,000 apprentices currently in training across our UK businesses. This year, we are recruiting in the region of 800 apprentices across the UK.