Babcock and STEM

Inspiring the next generation around the world…

We partnered with the UK Government in 2018 to promote STEM careers and inspire the next generation of engineers. By joining activities, initiatives and events across the country as well as establishing a new recruitment programme, our focus throughout the year was to change common perceptions about working in engineering and encourage more young people into STEM.

STEM Returners

We have established a STEM Returners programme to help recruit, retain and develop the best people for our business by broadening our talent pool. Through paid employment placements and bespoke mentoring schemes, the programme offers qualified, experienced candidates a supported route back to their careers after a break.

The 13 week placements are supplemented by career coaching and networking opportunities and candidates are offered the opportunity to restart their career in a permanent role at the end of the programme. The project is co-supported by IMarEST and the Women’s Engineering Society with the shared goal of creating a more diverse STEM workforce.

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STEM Activities

Our operations are heavily reliant on people with STEM skills, from the engineers who keep aircraft flying, surface ships and submarines at sea and vehicles on the road, to the teams who help design and implement specialist modifications, to the innovation and technology team who are constantly researching and developing new ideas and solutions.

We’ve developed some STEM activities for children (and adults) to try at home:

STEM at home Activity Book

Learn about our aircraft fleet and why we use them

Design your own airfield

Finding an aircraft’s centre of gravity using a paper aeroplane

Understand how the forces of lift and weight effect flight

Assess and design an aircraft with specific requirements

Learn to identify the different parts of an aeroplane

Understand how a compass works and how to navigate using it

Experimenting with air pressure to understand how it affects flying

Paper boat challenge

Building a periscope

Communicate via radio using the phonetic alphabet

Build a firefighting ship

How do submarines work?

Build a rubber band powered submarine

Understand how a parachute can save lives

Build your own windsock

Design your own robot hand

Build your own air traffic control system

Power of propulsion

Test your aircraft knowledge with planes and parachutes

Build your own kite

How to stop sailboats capsizing

Build the Goliath Crane

‘Guess Who’ – Learn about different jobs in our Aviation sector

Women in Engineering

Babcock is committed to recruiting women into STEM roles, and to closing the gender gap across the company. To help inspire the next generation of young women to consider engineering as a career we recorded a Q&A with some of our engineering graduates and apprentices about how they discovered engineering and why they love it.