Aerospace Sector Guide
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  • The UK Aerospace industry is world leading, with a large proportion of its high-tech innovations being exported to countries across the globe.
  • The Aerospace industry designs and builds aircraft, spacecraft, satellites and missiles. Its innovations also influence automobiles and other forms of technology.
  • Recent graduates can choose to pursue a number of career paths within the industry. Jobs in this sector might involve working in design, development, testing, production or in the support and sales of airborne technologies.
  • The industry generates well-paid jobs, with annual earnings significantly higher than the UK average.
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Aerospace – Armed Forces
Sponsored by Royal Air Force
  • The Royal Air Force (RAF) is responsible for protecting the UK’s air and space capabilities from threats such as unauthorised aircraft, missiles and cyber attacks.
  • The RAF uses a combination of state-of-art static radar, mobile units, aircraft and satellites to gather minute-to-minute information on air activity.
  • Its Eurofighter Typhoons are ready to scramble to intercept threats at a moment’s notice, night or day, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
  • The RAF also supports peace-keeping initiatives and provides humanitarian aid in an emergency, whether in the UK or overseas.

Royal Air Force Hub on Gradcracker

If you’d like to know what life in the RAF is really like, you should watch the Gradcracker/RAF webinar on their hub. You’ll hear a range of very different – and remarkable – stories from people who have chosen to pursue a career with the RAF, and learn lots of useful tips if you’re thinking about applying.

A fulfilling career

Initial officer training is the first step to a rewarding and fulfilling career. Find out more about what becoming an officer involves – from the 24-week training course, to displaying those all-important leadership attributes, to qualification and beyond.

No ordinary job

To discover why life in the RAF is ‘no ordinary job’, visit their extensive video library. Here, you can find out what activities officers can get involved in to develop their skills, and hear what they have to say on maintaining a work-life balance.

For experiences you won’t find in any other career, join the Royal Air Force.

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Aerospace & Defence
Sponsored by Babcock
  • Babcock is an international aerospace, defence and security company, with a leading naval business. The organisation provides value-added services across a range of countries, including the UK, France, Canada, Australia and South Africa.
  • Babcock helps its customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets.
  • With operations – and opportunities – across the UK, Babcock offers a wide variety of graduate programmes in Engineering and Science, Business Management, and Project Management.

Babcock Hub on Gradcracker

If you’re thinking of applying to Babcock, the ‘GC Webinar’ page on their Gradcracker hub is well worth a visit. It’s full of practical information for potential applicants, and highlights the most useful areas of the hub for putting together applications – recommended by Babcock’s own placement students and graduates.

Work on truly inspiring projects

Their ‘Profile’ page is where you can find out more about the breadth and scope of Babcock’s expertise. It’s up to you to select the sector and/or business area that excites you the most. This way, you can find the programme that’s right for you.

The next big idea could be yours

To discover what it’s like to join Babcock as a graduate, head to their ‘Our People’ page. Here, you can listen to graduates from different business areas tell their career stories – from their passions to their proudest moments.

So, to take on some extraordinary challenges that will test and grow your whole self, start your career with Babcock.

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Aerospace – Helicopter & Airborne Systems
Sponsored by Leonardo
  • Leonardo is a global hi-tech company and a key player in Aerospace, Defence and Security.
  • One of the world’s leading helicopter manufacturers.
  • It develops many of the sensors and electronic systems behind some of the most advanced aircraft in the world.
  • Headquartered in Italy, with a major industrial presence in the UK, Poland and the US.
  • Employs around 50,000 people around the world.
  • Has seven main UK sites in Edinburgh, Yeovil, Luton, Basildon, Bristol, Filton and Southampton.

Leonardo Hub on Gradcracker

With the company constantly innovating in technologies such as avionics, cyber security, electro-optics and secure communications, there are plenty of pathways for you to choose from – head to the ‘Expertise’ tab on Leonardo’s Gradcracker hub to discover where a career with them could take you.

Design the technology of tomorrow

Their video library covers everything from careers to their latest technologies. Hear graduates talk about what they have gained from the graduate scheme and get an inside look at some of the innovative projects they’ve worked on so far.

Reach your potential

Leonardo aims to develop the engineers of the future by investing in, and looking after, its people. It offers a diverse range of benefits and has achieved Gold level accreditation for Investors in Young People. Find out more about this on their ‘Benefits’ page.

If you want to be involved in tackling real-world challenges, start your career with Leonardo.

Visit the Leonardo Hub
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