BAE Systems – Skilled For The Future.

We were excited to be invited to the Skilled For The Future launch event at BAE Systems in Samlesbury for their state-of-the-art training facility – the Academy for Skills and Knowledge (ASK).

ASK is equipped with all the latest technology including VR, robotics and 3D printing technology and replicates the equipment that BAE use within their manufacturing facilities and within the engineering labs.

BAE currently have 400 STEM Ambassadors working with educators and go into 300 schools each year and work with Universities and Colleges to align course content toward upskilling students with skills and knowledge to prepare for opportunities created by digital transformation and technological change and ultimately, to help address the UK’s shortage of engineers.

Keynote speaker, Professor John Perkins led with discussing how scientists understand the world and engineers change the world and the need for creativity and collaboration across industry and education.

With Nigel Whitehead, Chief Technology Officer at BAE Systems speaking of the importance of evolving our skills for the future as he launched their whitepaper – ‘Future Skills for our UK Business’.

“…the strongest teams have diversity of thought…”

He discussed how we should be focusing on Continuing Professional Development, Digital Skills, STEAM learning and telling stories to inspire young people into engineering careers and highlighted  the importance of defence, aerospace, engineering and manufacturing sectors needing to work together and prioritise investment in digital and ‘soft skills’ to upskill and retrain where needed and provide support within supply chains.

A discussion panel chaired by Dr Hayaatum Sillem, the Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering and joined by colleagues Miranda Barker, CEO East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Dr Simon Harwood – Director of Defence and Security, Cranfield University, Lynda McVay – Director, Skills and Capability, Leonardo and Andrea Thompson – Managing Director, BAE Systems Air – Europe and International and chair of the Made Smarter Commission’s North West Pilot highlighted the need for  lifelong learning, the ability to be flexible and how we look to address the huge issue of lack of digital skills currently.

CREATE Education is at the forefront of inspiring and educating young people with the digital skills and 3D printing knowledge through STEM and STEAM learning to fulfil industry need and we’re looking forward to working with BAE and ASK to develop tomorrows talent with skills needed for the future, to inspire the next generation of engineers.