BAE are back at school

A member of BAE's staffs talks to local school pupils about the importance of STEM subjects
A member of BAE's staffs talks to local school pupils about the importance of STEM subjects

A group of aerospace experts who spend their days helping keep the RAF’s fleets in the sky have gone back to school to encourage the next generation of engineers.

The education ambassadors from BAE Systems working at RAF Coningsby have

visited schools and universities around the area to promote the importance of studying “STEM”

subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

They met youngsters to talk about the importance of the subjects and the opportunities available to them through BAE Systems’ apprenticeship programme.

Euan Lucie-Smith, who works on the team that supports keeping the RAF’s fleet of Tornado jets in the skies, said his colleagues had visited Boston Grammar School, St George’s Academy in Sleaford and Lincoln University to spread the message.

He explained: “A number of colleagues from the BAE Systems team at RAF Coningsby gave up their free time to go to schools, colleges and universities to promote these key subjects and our own apprenticeship scheme.

“The work our education ambassadors do is invaluable to the community and it showcases just how important the STEM subjects are and also what a great career you can get with BAE Systems.

“We are planning to host further events of this kind on the near future and hopefully it will encourage more young people from the area to look at an apprenticeship with BAE Systems.”

Boston Grammar School assistant head teacher Sally Taylor, whose school hosted an event to

showcase the importance of the subjects, said meeting people from companies like BAE Systems had been invaluable.

She said the event had highlighted a wide range of career opportunities available to students in the future.

She added: “The response from local companies has been very impressive and we’re really pleased the students have had the opportunity to talk with representatives from such prestigious companies.

“We hope the STEM careers showcase will raise student aspirations and encourage them to become the workforce of the future.

“We also hope that this will become an annual event at the school.”

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