BAE Systems nurturing STEM talent for coach and bus sector

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IRTE Skills Challenge sponsor BAE Systems has built its business model around identifying and nurturing young engineering talent.

As the UK emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, BAE recognises that, for its innovative solutions to have the most impact for businesses such as coach and bus operators, it must keep producing talented young engineers to keep breaking boundaries with its technology.

Andrew Ashby, Business Development Manager at BAE Systems, says: “Nurturing upcoming science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent is vital for our business and industry as we look to continuously pursue innovation that benefits future generations.

“We’re proud to lend our expertise and be involved with helping IRTE showcase the best of that talent. The skills young people pick up and learn from the challenge could prove to be the catalyst for them pursuing a career that really matters and makes a difference to our industry.”

As the sector moves at pace towards a zero-emission future, BAE Systems has been working on its own solutions to make that a reality and continues to set standards with its customer-driven approach towards clean-air technology.

“Innovation is key for us, particularly in our industry where the pursuit of zero emissions means ever changing needs from customers,” adds Mr Ashby. “Some of our latest innovations include our Series-ER drivetrains, developed to extend full electric zero emission travel time and range, without any dependency on investment in charging infrastructure.”

BAE Systems has become a regular sponsor of the IRTE Skills Challenge, supporting a competition that promotes industry best practice, and is always on the look-out for new engineering talent.

“Our people come from all walks of life and backgrounds. If you have a passion for technology that changes lives or managing complex projects, we want to hear from you,” says Mr Ashby.

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