The UK is home to one of the most advanced defence industries in the world. It has a rich heritage in the design, production, modification and maintenance of military combat aircraft and training platforms, complex naval vessels, the radar and combat systems they carry, and nuclear-powered submarines.
In this sector, BAE Systems leads the field and is one of the world’s largest defence, aerospace and security companies.
With leading air, naval, land and cyber capabilities and some 83,000 employees in 40 countries, our work safeguards and enhances our customers’ vital interests.
Our business and the many thousands of companies that we work with across our whole UK supply chain are all helping to drive the UK’s economic fortunes by creating valuable jobs, investing in research and development, significantly improving the UK’s skills base and generating significant export revenues.
Our operations contribute approximately £7.9 billion to the UK economy*, helping to sustain more than 122,000 jobs. Exporting £3.9 billion of goods and services, we account for one per cent of all UK exports. Our labour productivity is high too: the contribution made by BAE Systems’ highly skilled workforce is more than double the UK industry average.
*Based on 2013 figures
Standing on the shoulders of innovations our people have developed over many decades, our engineers continue to break new ground and help solve our customers’ most complex challenges by developing, manufacturing, engineering and supporting some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions.
As one of the largest filers of patent applications in the UK hi-tech sector we invest heavily in research and development, helping to maintain UK technological leadership and working closely with industrial partners, smaller businesses and universities to deliver innovative, affordable and effective capabilities to our customers. We spend £9 million a year with universities in the UK, collaborating on projects in areas from 3D printing to augmented reality and autonomous technology.
We recognise the important contribution our apprentices and graduates make to our business and work with government, partners and academia to improve the UK’s skills base. Each year we invest £80 million in skills and education activities and have a long history of providing high-quality training. With more than 1,300 apprentices and graduates in training at any one time, we are committed to developing the next generation of highly skilled engineers, and by 2018, we aim to have over 2,000 apprentices working across the company.
At BAE Systems we are proud to pioneer tomorrow’s technology today. By engineering the equipment and services to protect and serve those who protect and serve us, BAE Systems makes a material contribution to the economic health of the UK as well as to the safety of our nation.
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