08 December 2015
From mechanical engineering to project management and IT, UCLan students given insight into career options at world-leading company
Following the first successful Insight into Industry Day held in 2014, Omani students studying UCLan last week attended the second Insight into Industry visit at BAE Systems’ Military Air facility at Warton, Lancashire. They were accompanied by Joanne Allan, Regional Manager Middle East & North Africa, from UCLan.
Insight Days are a unique opportunity for students to visit BAE Systems to explore and learn how international organisations operate, and how the subjects they are studying at University are applied in industry, with a view to broaden their commercial understanding.
The eighteen students were welcomed to BAE Systems by previous UCLan Omani students, Safa Al Mohrooqi and Haitham Al Mufarraji, who have joined the company on its graduate scheme and on completion, will work for BAE Systems in Oman.
The UCLan students, who are studying a range of subjects including health, safety and environmental management, project management and IT at UCLan, were given the opportunity to spend the day with senior executives from BAE Systems to explore the world of work, whilst learning about the Company and its history in Oman.
"Insight Days give students a good opportunity to learn about BAE Systems and the potential graduate roles with BAE Systems which may result in job opportunities for them in Oman."
Focused talks from BAE Systems’ executives on engineering, Safety Health & Environment, and aircraft support were accompanied by visits to the Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk final assembly lines.
Sir Simon Bryant KCB, CBE, Vice President (Oman), BAE Systems, commented: “BAE Systems has a long-standing relationship with the Sultanate of Oman and we are delighted to have hosted the Omani students at Warton, the home of Eurofighter Typhoon. One of our aims is to demonstrate the company’s commitment to supporting Oman’s vision of the creation of a comprehensive Omani work force, not least through the development of its engineering skill-base. Insight Days give students a good opportunity to learn about BAE Systems and the potential graduate roles with BAE Systems which may result in job opportunities for them in Oman, as well as helping to develop the skills required in any future position.”
The students followed up their visit to Warton by completing a project at UCLan’s Westleigh Conference Centre on 2 December, supported by five BAE Systems graduates and the two Omani graduates, who joined the business last year. The project, which was to design and market an armoured vehicle for the fictitious country of Tongu, was designed to help the Omani students develop the global competencies, including self-confidence and assertiveness, frequently required for graduate opportunities in the wider industry marketplace.
"As I’m studying mechanical engineering, I particularly enjoyed seeing the Typhoon aircraft hangar, and the Hawk aircraft being built from zero to the finished aircraft.”
Over the two days BAE Systems provided an insight into career opportunities within BAE Systems, more specifically the 12 graduate roles available this year that will lead to high quality jobs based in Oman supporting the company’s delivery of products and services to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO).
The UCLan students were extremely pleased to experience both educational events. Two of the students commented:
Asma Mohamed al-hasni studying Health, Safety and Environment Management said: “I enjoyed the visit from beginning to end. I now understand how HSE plays a big role in reducing costs for business and helps with its reputation and recruitment. It’s important for fresh graduates to get this sort of experience to help with future job interviews and I can now use this training for that purpose in the future.”
Emad Al-Alawi studying mechanical engineering added: “It’s been interesting to visit BAE Systems and learn more about the business. As I’m studying mechanical engineering, I particularly enjoyed seeing the Typhoon aircraft hangar, and the Hawk aircraft being built from zero to the finished aircraft.”
In December 2012 Oman purchased 12 Typhoon and eight Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers from BAE Systems.