BAE Systems provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. They employ a skilled workforce of 89,600 people in more than 40 countries, including over 35,000 in the UK. Working with customers and local partners, they develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

BAE have 12 sites across the North of England, employing 21,000 people – more than half their UK workforce. They collaborate with suppliers, SMEs and regional partners, including universities, based in the North to develop some of the UK’s most technically advanced defence, aerospace and security technologies.

They invest in people, technologies and infrastructure across their sites in the region to ensure they remain at the forefront of innovation.  The company supports the local communities in which they operate through charitable donations and sponsorships, and are proud of the investment we make in the UK’s skills base.  Every year, they spend £100M on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities in the UK and we are enabling social mobility through skills and apprenticeships.

As part of this investment, BAE Systems are partnering with CREATE Education to deliver a new digital skills programme with the aim to inspire young people about digital and tech careers to help build Lancashire’s future digital workforce, by providing online education, 3D printers and practical training for 50 schools located across the region.