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ONE of Portsmouth’s biggest employers has been helping to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Almost 300 young people took charge at the BAE Systems sites in Portsmouth and Broad Oak as part of the company’s ‘take our sons and daughters to work day’.

As part of the day, the students shadowed their parents as they carried out their daily activities and were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the site.

The idea was to give the youngsters some idea of what it is like to work for the company.

The initiative is designed and organised by BAE Systems apprentices.

It is mainly aimed at those aged between 14 to 16, and its purpose is to inspire those taking part to consider the possibilities of a career in the field of engineering and aerospace.

Nigel Whitehead, group managing director at BAE Systems said: ‘It is essential for the UK’s continued reputation as a world leader in the field of engineering and technology, and the wellbeing of the economy, that we continue to have a steady stream of young people who feel inspired to choose a career in one of these areas.

‘Take our sons and daughters to work day is just one of the many ways BAE Systems is helping to ensure this happens.

‘By helping young people to see for themselves how accessible and fun the world of engineering can be, we hope that more young people will choose to pursue it as a career.’

The initiative is one of a number of projects the defence contractor runs as part of the BAE Systems’ Skills 2020 programme, which is helping to inspire young people towards a career in engineering.

The scheme fits in with a city-wide project to raise the career aspirations of young people in Portsmouth, which part of the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth group, as featured in yesterday’s News.

Skills 2020 aims to ensure that BAE Systems, and the wider engineering community, have the skills to operate successfully in 2020 and beyond. The programme also includes a UK-wide Schools Roadshow, which is making its way around 250 primary schools, and an ‘Ambassadors into schools’ programme, where BAE Systems employees talk to students about their own career experiences.

See baesystems.com/ education.