Inspired, focused and raring to go – the latest batch of new-start graduates are enjoying their introduction to life at BAE Systems Submarines.
Thirteen recruits are immersing themselves into all things BAE Systems during their induction at the Submarines Academy for Skills and Knowledge (SASK).
Fiona McIntosh is one of three returnees among the new-starts, the University of Strathclyde chemical process engineering graduate having benefited from a summer internship in Barrow last year.
Fiona says a major reason she applied to be a product safety engineer at BAE Systems was because of the Company’s excellent track record in that field.
“I did a safety module in the second year of university and I found it really interesting,” said Fiona.
“I looked at companies with a strong reputation for safety and BAE Systems popped up several times.
“It was good coming here on a summer internship because it allowed me to do some of the things I learned in my degree in a practical sense.”
Manufacturing engineer Sam Chung says he was drawn to the business by the prospect of working on such an interesting and complex product as a nuclear submarine.
The 25-year-old from Cardiff graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Bath after earlier undergoing an apprenticeship in engineering straight from school. “I was looking for a new challenge and I looked at BAE Systems being involved in such a complex product,” said Sam.
“It’s great to be involved. Everyone is really friendly, the place is amazing and I’m really enjoying it.”
Project management recruit Jack Grace says the size of the company and the diversity of roles on offer was a big attraction. “It’s an interesting company with lots of exciting projects going on and there are lots of different roles you can move into,” said the 24-year-old from Kent.
Jack, who graduated with a Masters in chemistry from the University of Nottingham, has a family connection with BAE Systems, dad Mike having worked as an electrical engineer in BAE Systems’ Air sector.