It’s all systems go for a career in shipbuilding

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Building warships may still be a male dominated industry but one Glasgow company aims to change that by encouraging women to work with them.

BAE Systems, which has a maritime base in Scotstoun, has launched a new work experience programme for young women to learn about the design, build and delivery of complex warships.

The first wave of pupils from Bearsden Academy joined them last week, along with pupils from Our Lady & St Patrick’s High School and Notre Dame High School.

During their time there the pupils toured sections of the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales and learned about future ships being designed for the Royal Navy, including offshore patrol vessels and the Type 26 global combat ships.

Andrew Smith, HR Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said: “We’re investing in a world class UK naval engineering business, so it’s important that the next generation of engineers learn more about what we do.

“Some people still think that shipbuilding is traditionally a male environment, but we want to ensure that as many young people as possible understand that engineering can be an exciting and rewarding career for all.

“So, in addition to our existing work experience programmes, we have launched a new scheme especially for young women. “We’re really encouraged by the enthusiasm that these first pupils have shown and look forward to welcoming more.”

Brian Jilks, design and technology teacher at Bearsden Academy, said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to participate in the BAE Systems girls only work experience programme.

“Bearsden Academy is one of the leading schools in Scotland for engineering science and our partnership with BAE Systems is very valuable to us as it provides us with many opportunities to enhance the curricular and extra curricular learning experiences for all of our students.”

Pictured are Ellie Logan – Bearsden Academy, Lucy McKenna – Our Lady & St Patrick’s High School, Amaal Kebabti – Notre Dame High School, Parmjit Reehal – Notre Dame High School, Ellie Bennett – Bearsden Academy and Lauren MacNeil – Our Lady St Patrick’s High School.