BAE Systems fully-charged for the IRTE Skills Challenge

BAE Systems is committed to supporting the development of young people

The pursuit of lower emissions in cities across the world has contributed to 2018 being Skills Challenge sponsor BAE Systems’ most successful year ever.

After the introduction last year of its ultracapacitor on London buses, BAE Systems plans to launch an extended range of hybrid products in the UK this year which will give zero-emission operations where and when it’s needed.

BAE Systems Business Development Manager, Matthew Freeman, says: “There’s a political will to adopt low-emission technology, especially in the cities. One of the key drivers to what we do is to continue to drive down those emissions and help to contribute to improving air quality in our cities.

“We’ve seen a strong uptake of hybrids in London in the last three-four years. The city made a commitment to the purchase of only hybrid double-deckers in central London and single-deck full-electrics from 2020.

BAE Systems, says Matthew, believes in the development of young people and apprentices, particularly in engineering and operations functions. It is this belief that has seen the organisation build a strong apprenticeship programme that continues to reward both the business and the individual.

“We take on hundreds of apprentices a year across our entire business. The Skills Challenge fits in well with the development of young people and how BAE Systems operates,” he adds.

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