Engineering Taster Week 
in Rochester

Engineering Taster Week (ETW) is a five-day, non-residential course designed to offer students a glimpse into the day-to-day work of an engineer.

Corona virus update

In line with the UK Government's developing guidance for the Covid-19 pandemic, at BAE Systems we have been reviewing our 2020 (education outreach) activity. Clearly it’s important that we all act as quickly as we can to safeguard everyone’s health.
We have therefore concluded that it's in the best interests of everyone to postpone both weeks of our Engineering Taster Week 2020. We will of course continue to monitor the unprecedented situation and will look forward to make every possible effort to rearrange the taster weeks at another time.
Applicants who had fully completed the online form will be sent an email informing them once applications have reopened through the email address provided in their application. Those applicants who had begun – but not completed – their application will also be sent an email through the address provided by the applicant in their saved partial response. Applicants who did not provide an email or would like to change the email address that this information is sent to should contact with their full name and the desired email address.
Those who did not have the opportunity to begin their online application but want to be informed once they reopen and for any future information are to also email requesting to be placed on the mailing list. There will be sufficient time provided for those who did not begin their application to complete it before it officially closes.
Circumstances permitting, it is likely that the original dates for this year’s Rochester Engineering Taster Week will not take place and be instead held later into the year. We will inform all applicants of any changes as soon as possible and give them the opportunity of selecting their new preferred week or to inform us if they are no longer able to partake.
Please continue to follow this webpage for any and all updates regarding the Rochester Engineering Taster Week. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and wish you all well for the future. For any further queries please contact us at


The Engineering Taster Week (ETW) is an educational and enjoyable event that has provided students with experience of real world engineering for 15 years. Attending students will embark on a challenging week-long project intended to develop their team working skills, leadership qualities and engineering expertise.

We aim to provide an insight into the engineering that goes on locally at our BAE Systems Rochester site, as well as providing valuable skills and experience that will serve the attendees well in future endeavours within STEM. ETW presents a unique opportunity to learn about the vast portfolio of products we design and produce in Rochester; and even a chance to use them in our simulation area.

Year on year students complete the week enthused about engineering with 100% of students saying they would recommend the week to a friend. To learn more about the week please watch the video below and follow the links to find experiences of some of the individuals that have attended the week. 

Engineering Taster Week Rochester

Student experiences:



BAE Systems in Rochester

We design, develop and deliver a wide range of advanced technologies for the commercial and military electronics markets. Our portfolio includes flight and engine controls, helmet mounted displays, head-up displays and environmentally friendly energy management systems. We also offer some of the most robust readiness and sustainment services for the aerospace and defence industry .
The Rochester ETW is organised by a team of Graduate and Apprentice employees with all work carried out alongside their Engineering day jobs.

This Apprentice-Graduate team will be your first point of contact throughout the week to help facilitate the best experience for all students. Additionally, throughout the week there will be many opportunities to discuss with them their career choices and engineering experiences that got them to where they are now.
2020 ETW Dates:
  •  6 - 10 July 2020
  •  13 - 17 July 2020
Applicants should be:
  •  In school years 10-12
  •  Currently participating in full-time education
  •  Interested in pursuing engineering through an apprenticeship or higher education
Apply Here
  • Applications close on 16th April 2020

Travel & Expenses

BAE Systems will cover the cost of the course and the lunch will be provided daily. Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their travel to and from the site each day, and any accomodation they require during the week.
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