Youngsters go behind the scenes at BAE Systems

Flight: Lewis Timms in a Hawk trainer jet
Flight: Lewis Timms in a Hawk trainer jet
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Youngsters got a taste of what life is like for workers at one of the county’s major employers.

More than 150 youngsters accompanied their parents to work at various BAE Systems sites across the county for the annual Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day as part of a global initiative designed to help young people experience the world of work.

At the company’s sites at Warton and Samlesbury, and office bases in Preston, students shadowed their parents as they went about their day-to-day work, getting to observe first hand what it is that their parents do.

The youngsters visiting Warton were given a special behind-the-scenes tour of the final assembly facility where the Eurofighter Typhoon jet, flown by air forces across the globe, is put together, and the manufacturing facility for the company’s Hawk trainer jet, flown by the RAF’s elite pilots.

At Samlesbury, youngsters were treated to a look at the advanced manufacturing facility which produces parts for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

The initiative, aimed primarily at 14 to 16 year olds, aims to inform them about the exciting possibilities of careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Richard Hamer, Education Director & Head of Early Career Programmes, BAE Systems, said: “The Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day is an important opportunity for us to interact with students from the local area and demonstrate the exciting career opportunities that are made possible by pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and maths.

“The initiative is designed to inspire young people to consider the possibility of a career in the sector.”