BAE announces talent drive

BAE Systems has pledged to invest millions of pounds to hunt out "untapped talent" from the UK's engineering pool.

The defence giant has launched a 10-year plan to seek out hundreds of designers, engineers and potential management in a bid to help support multi-billion pound military projects.

BAE management made the announcement at the Farnborough Air Show, where chiefs from Warton proudly heralded its unmanned Taranis project as the natural successor to the Eurofighter Typhoon in terms of technological breakthroughs.

Simon Howison (pictured), engineering director for Military Air Solutions at BAE, said skills at an engineering level were thin on the ground and more needed to be done to promote skills before youngsters began their first exams at high school.

With defence cuts among the hot topics at this year's show, Mr Howison was keen to emphasise the importance skills will bring to the wider economy as the UK struggles to come out of the recession.

The Strategic Defence Review will to look at all aspects of the UK's defence forces and what budget constraints can be put in place. BAE has already promised to work with the coalition government over its defence review.

Paul Fanning

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