A joint apprenticeship collaboration programme between BAE Systems’ Air Sector and Marshall is expanding STEM relationships between the two companies.
The tie-up, which sees cohorts of apprentices from both companies work together on specific projects and challenges, is designed to contribute to each organisation’s current syllabus and supplement the engineering apprenticeships available within each organisation.
The collaboration was established to be adaptable, challenging, rewarding and fun whilst supporting the apprentices’ professional development.
Last September, BAE Systems and Marshall signed a contract to partner on Team Tempest as part of a broader strategic collaboration framework.
Marshall CEO, Kathy Jenkins said:
“Our relationship with BAE Systems has been built over many years with a shared sense of purpose. Together, we are focussed on creating skills and capabilities for the sectors we are proud to be a part of. The apprentice exchange programme will give our teams the opportunity to collaborate on a broad range of projects across both companies. It also brings a new dynamic to our apprenticeship offering for those lucky enough to be involved.”
Ian Muldowney, Chief Operating Officer for BAE Systems’ Air Sector, added:
“The relationship we have developed with Marshall has been built around identifying areas of aligned business interest and opportunities to build on our complementary capabilities.
“Developing engineering talent for the future is one of those areas. This is a key part of our apprentice development programme and provides an excellent opportunity for our young engineers to build their inter-company network while gaining experience of collaborative working early in their careers.”
At the heart of the apprentice programme is the selection of a suitable main design projects for the apprentices, which need to be professionally relevant, as well as being achievable through remote working.
The task chosen for the first cohort, comprising three apprentices from each company, was to conduct an assessment and review of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from a sustainability standpoint. A second cohort is now looking at a challenge related to future combat air maintenance and support.