Defense Giant Engages the Next Generation of Engineers

On Wednesday 14th March BAE Systems held its annual Future Engineers Day for Y9 pupils in the Furness area.

This years event, organised by BAE graduate scheme employees hosted 90 year 9 pupils from 6 local secondary schools. The schools that attended were UVHS, Dowdales, Furness Academy, St. Bernards, Walney and Chetwynde. All schools attending had transport provided by the Barrow Engineering Project through the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The event involved pupils working in teams on a range of engineering based tasks that required them to use their teamwork, creativity, problem solving and even finance skills to win. One Task involved designing new features to improve a submarines with suggestions from school groups including hot tubs, cinema rooms, innovative ways to gain supplies, and improvements to fuel efficiency. 6th Form students from UVHS 6th Form and Barrow 6th Form College acted as mentors on the day to guide the teams through their tasks.

Employees from BAE gave the pupils a taster of what it was like to work in a variety of roles in the company and from the various points of entry from apprentice to graduate.

A team from St. Barards school won the day overall with an excellent effort and attitude demonstrated by students from all schools.