This summer over 100 undergraduates are receiving high-quality training and gaining a recognised qualification at BAE Systems in the UK as part of the Company's first ever paid summer internship scheme. Each intern will be paid £4,200 during their three month internship period (£16,800 PA pro rata), as well as receiving an externally recognised certificate from EAL (Excellence, Achievement & Learning), the nationally recognised industry specialist awarding organisation which is part of the Semta Group.

Over a 12-week period, the students have the opportunity to work at one of ten different BAE Systems sites in a variety of areas ranging from engineering to business development, and project management to procurement.

Of the 104 interns taken on this summer, 39 have joined the cyber security arm of the company, Detica, across sites in Guildford, Gloucester and London. Twenty-five interns have been allocated to the Military Air and Information business in Warton and 13 have research and technology placements at sites in Chelmsford and Filton. Other sectors of the business that have welcomed interns this summer include Combat Vehicles, Naval Ships, Electronic Systems and Maritime Services.

The scheme has been introduced following the success of pilot programmes run by the business over the last two years. Funded through the Government’s ‘Employer Ownership of Skills’ initiative, it provides undergraduates with experience of hands-on work at graduate level, with the aim of easing the transition to full time employment on graduation.  The internship scheme has been created in partnership with skills body Semta, the employer-led body responsible for equipping the UK’s vital engineering, science and manufacturing technologies sectors with the skills to compete on the global stage.

As well as providing candidates with invaluable experience, the internship offers the possibility of employment with BAE Systems on graduation. Individuals who demonstrate outstanding performance on the internship will not have to complete all the stages of the recruitment process should they wish to join the Company upon graduation.

Ayesha Godigamuwe, Early Careers Advisor at BAE Systems said:
“During a period of enormous youth unemployment, our scheme provides undergraduates with an invaluable opportunity to actually get paid to learn and develop core skills, as well as ensuring that BAE Systems competes for the very best talent in the market.

“This internship forms an important pipeline for the next generation of young people, and we hope it will challenge the perception of what industry looks and feels like in the UK, as well as demonstrating the exciting career opportunities which lie ahead.”

Sarah Sillars, OBE, CEO of Semta said:
“Semta believes in earning and learning and we know that there is nothing as inspirational as hands-on experience for any budding engineer.

“All credit to BAE Systems for their initiative in this regard. We are pleased to partner them to help make this happen.

“We hope to create many more such schemes – paid internships – with great British companies that are crying out for young, able and ambitious men and women to join them.

“With more than 80,000 engineers due to retire in the next few years – and order books filling – we have our work cut out to fill the skills gap. This type of initiative can be a big boon to British manufacturing.”

Twenty-two year old James Gartland, studying Mechanical Engineering at Durham University and on placement with the Typhoon aircraft fuel team at Warton, Lancashire added:  “I’m thoroughly enjoying the internship so far. It has given me a brilliant opportunity to apply some of the skills and knowledge I’ve gained through my academic studies to solve real problems, with real impact.”

For more information on BAE Systems’ wider graduate programmes and how to apply please visit The application process for opportunities in 2014 will open this September.


For more information, please contact:
Kate Watcham, BAE Systems
T: +44 (0)1252 383 550
M: +44 (0)7793 420731

Rebecca Hooper, Mischief PR
M: +44 (0)7557 972619

Dan Kirkby for EAL and Semta Group
M: +44(0)7785 392735