B&FC celebrates 10 years offering bespoke apprenticeships with BAE Systems

Published on 12/10/2017 by pfi

Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) is celebrating a ten-year partnership with BAE Systems delivering high-level apprenticeships in Project Management for the company’s workforce.  

The scheme was originally co-created by the two organisations to provide BAE Systems staff with the academic knowledge, combined with the practical work experience they needed to excel as project managers.

Last year, the initiative saw 72 per cent of graduates receive a first class honours degree in Project Management. The national average is around 18 per cent.

2017 graduate Alex Dawson-Brown said:

“Receiving my first-class honours degree after five years of study assured me that I’d made the right choice in joining the scheme.

“The years of work experience have provided opportunities to travel internationally, meet customers and involve myself in challenging projects. I would consider this to be the best possible start to my career.”

The scheme was deemed so successful it was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2015. 

The academic element of the programme is delivered by B&FC’s Project Management Centre of Excellence, with degrees validated by Lancaster University – a top 10 UK university which was recently named The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year.

Adrian Bamber, Operations Manager at the Centre of Excellence, added:

“This scheme has seen more than 150 apprentices studying through the College, attaining the highest levels of success both on the academic programme and within the business.

“Our strong partnership with BAE Systems provides a truly integrated approach to education which ensures students are not only challenged and stretched throughout their apprenticeship but also become the future high performers within this world-class company.” 

Over the next 12 months, 15 per cent of the students on the programme will have the opportunity to work on projects outside the North West, including placements at RAF bases and other BAE Systems sites around the UK.

The BAE Systems apprenticeship application window re-opens on 1 November 2017 and runs until 28 February 2018.

Graduate Alex Dawson-Brown
Graduate Alex Dawson-Brown