15 Dec 16. Reflecting the persistent climate of cyber-attacks on businesses and national infrastructure, BAE Systems is to recruit 80 graduates into its cyber security business next year. This is almost one third of the 235 graduates being recruited to work across the Company’s UK operation in 2017. The 80 cyber security graduates will join the Applied Intelligence business based at sites in London, Guildford and Leeds, whose employees support governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against the growing threat of digital crime, cyber-attacks, fraud and financial crime.
Today’s announcement follows an online survey conducted by BAE Systems which found that 57 per cent of business heads surveyed said they had experienced a cyber-attack in the last year, despite believing the appropriate security controls were in place. BAE Systems’ continued recruitment of the best IT, engineering and business graduates helps to sustain its pipeline of 33,000 talented employees in the UK who deliver a range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security and information technology solutions and support services.
The Rt Hon. Ben Gummer MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office, who oversees the Government’s cyber security strategy, said: “Cyber-attacks are a reality and they are happening every day. The first duty of the government is to keep the nation safe. Any modern state cannot remain secure and prosperous without securing itself in cyberspace. So it is hugely encouraging to see such a drive on securing the skills and talent we will need to continue this fight in the future.”
Elsewhere across BAE Systems’ UK operation, 77 graduates will be hired for its Maritime businesses based at Scotland, Portsmouth and Barrow-in-Furness. A further 54 graduates will be recruited for the Company’s Military Air and Information business in Lancashire. Another 11 graduates will join Head Office. Nine graduates will join the Electronic Systems business in Rochester, Kent and four will join the Land Systems business to work at Telford in Shropshire and Glascoed in Wales.
Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director, Programmes and Support, BAE Systems, said: “A healthy pipeline of science, technology, engineering and maths talent is absolutely vital to the future success of our businesses. Each year BAE Systems invests around £90m in a broad programme of education and skills initiatives, from world class employee training programmes to a nationwide schools roadshow run in partnership with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. All the graduates joining BAE Systems in 2017 will have unrivalled opportunities ahead of them, playing a crucial part in developing, building and supporting the cutting-edge products that will help safeguard national security for years to come.”
Currently, BAE Systems is training around 600 graduates in its UK businesses.
08 Dec 16. Official Opening of Smiths Detection’s New UK Centre of Excellence for Trace Detection. Smiths Detection today announced the official opening of its new UK centre of excellence for trace detection, located in Hemel Hempstead. The new facility, which is located approximately 11 miles from its previous location in Watford, provides improved and more efficient customer operations; new amenities for employees; and the opportunity for future growth and development.
This modern “fit for purpose” facility, which covers a total of 67,000 square feet, provides excellent capabilities for engineering, research and manufacturing. It has been specifically designed to ensure that maximum operational efficiencies are achieved across every area of its operation, supporting the long term business growth for Smiths Detection.
Delivering state of the art security solutions to key markets including aviation, military and emergency responders, the products manufactured previously at Watford and now at the Hemel Hempstead site are truly impressive. To date more