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BAE Systems unveils new £15.6 million aerospace academy

Published: Sunday, 25 December 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A new £15.6m training facility has been opened in Lancashire by BAE Systems, which represents the largest ever single investment in UK aerospace skills.

The facility, called the Academy for Skills and Knowledge, will provide training for graduates and apprentices, as well as further education and development for the company’s long term employees.

Located in the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone, alongside BAE Systems’ military aircraft advanced manufacturing centre, the new facility boasts 26 classrooms, as well as some of the latest 3D printing, robotics and virtual reality technology.

The hope is that the facility will provide an unrivalled modern manufacturing and engineering environment in which BAE Systems can provide the highest standard of training.

Chris Boardman, Managing Director of BAE Systems Military Air and Information, said: “We are committed to playing our part in developing skills for the future, for our business, those in our supply chain and in education.”

Hands on experience

Graduates will be able to get to grips with a Kuka robot cell, worth £150,000, which is used by BAE Systems to manufacture parts of the F-35 Lightning II and Typhoon jets.

A virtual reality facility that will provide a training environment that can simulate a range of scenarios, such as designing a major infrastructure to wiring an aircraft, will also exist at the site.

There has also been a £50,000 investment in 3D printers which help graduate develop skills in prototyping, an increasingly important skill in the industry.

In the early stages of 2017, BAE Systems will also deliver a Hawk jet trainer to the academy, giving graduates and apprentices the chance to see how complex the engineering of a full aircraft is.

“Walking in to the academy is like walking into the future, all the technology we have here is really motivating,” said Zoe Garstang, an apprentice who joined BAE in September 2016.

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