MORE than 100 students have had work experience placements with BAE Systems Submarines so far this year.

Since January 15 cohorts have come into different parts of the business to get a taste of working life, gain valuable employability skills and learn more about the different career opportunities with submarines.


Michelle Knott, corporate responsibility advisor, works closely with schools and colleges and is responsible for arranging work experience placements.

“Being part of a global organisation that produces the most unique, innovative and complex submarines is great for any CV,” she said.

Kelly Sankey, 19, from Barrow, applied for a work experience placement at BAE in 2011 before she started her A-Levels in Ulverston Victoria School.

After a fortnight in the business, Kelly was hooked and, after completing her A-Levels, she joined the company as a Project Management Trainee.

She said: “When I was in school, I didn’t understand what project management was or the variety of tasks and responsibilities it involves.

“It was during my work experience that I realised exactly what project management entailed and how important it is to BAE Systems. I knew then that it was something I wanted to get involved with.”