Two students land coveted roles at BAE Systems
Lincoln O’Connell and Vikki Scruton
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Jun 2018
A PAIR of students have landed coveted apprenticeship jobs at one of the country’s biggest defence and aerospace companies.
Vikki Scruton, 18, and Lincoln O’Connell, 19, were selected following a rigorous recruitment process to join up with BAE Systems, which has a base in Brough.
The East Riding College duo are studying for a Level 3 extended diploma in IT, and will now gain invaluable experience at one of country’s biggest companies in its field.
Lincoln, who previously attended Beverley Grammar School, said: “I’m delighted to have got the job at BAE Systems.
“It’s fantastic and I don’t think I would have been successful had I not specialised in computing early on.
“I’ve spent the past two years on the BTEC learning the foundations of everything I need to progress.”
The two students fought off competition from fellow pupils across the country to land the apprenticeship jobs.
Higher Apprenticeships are the equivalent to higher education, and apprentices on the BAE Systems apprenticeship scheme complete the College’s foundation degree in computing, while working alongside their study, before progressing to honours degrees.
Vikki and Lincoln will now work with BAE on a range of aircraft, from the Hawk advanced jet trainer used by the RAF to train its pilots, to the state-of-the-art Eurofighter Typhoon.
Vikki, a former Beverley High School pupil, said: “I’m very proud of both of us. I think we did so well to get through.
“It was a tough selection process. I’m really looking forward to starting my new role in September.”
Jon Milner, senior software engineer at BAE Systems, said: “The partnership with East Riding College has, for many years now, enabled us to develop Higher Apprentices into the skilled engineers that are essential to our business.
“The foundation degree provides a good underpinning for our apprentices to go on to complete their honours degrees, usually gaining good 2:1 or first-class honours.
“The educational foundation is also helping the apprentices to develop into fully qualified and highly valued members of the team here at Brough.
“It’s testament to the college’s teaching programmes and the students’ aptitude that East Riding College students landed two of the places available. The competition was tough.”
BAE’s Brough centre has an academic partnership with East Riding College and the University of Hull.
It was developed to help train the company’s aerospace software development engineers.