UK - The thought of  over 300 youngsters let loose at various BAE Systems sites across the UK might fill you with trepidation but don't worry it's all under control!! As part of a global initiative designed to help young people experience the world of work, and give them a taste of professional life these 300 children accompanied their parents to work at various BAE Systems sites across the UK for the annual ‘Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day’.

Students shadowed their parents as they went about their day-to-day work, getting to observe first-hand just what it is that their parents do as well as being treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour. For many of the young people who took part in the day, this was the first time that they had visited a workplace.

Aimed primarily at 14 to 16 year olds, the day ultimately aims to inform those involved about the exciting possibilities of careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

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                                                  Bring your children to work - a fantastic initiative from BAE Systems

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 and helps to ensure that there is a strong presence of future talent.

“The day offers children more of an understanding of what we do as well as a unique insight into the jobs of their parents. We hope that this opportunity will encourage them to think about their own future careers and maybe consider following in the footsteps of their parents.”

‘Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day’ forms part of BAE Systems’ Skills 2020 programme, which aims to ensure BAE Systems has the right skills to operate successfully in 2020. In the UK, the Company invests c£80M per annum in liaison with schools, employee development including apprentice and graduate training and partnerships with universities.

For further information on BAE Systems’ commitment to early careers and education please visit: www.baesystems.com/education

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