Blackpool and the Fylde College & BAE Systems

The College

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Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) is located in North West England. The college works with industry to co-create technical and professional education programmes that develop students’ skills, aligned to the needs of industry.

It is the only North West provider approved by the government to deliver all 3 T-level pathways.

The Employer

BAE Systems is an advanced defence technology organisation. They provide services across the air, maritime, land and cyber domains.

They employ a skilled workforce of 85,800 people in more than 40 countries and work closely with local partners to support economic development.

The Partnership

Blackpool and the Fylde College and BAE Systems have had a 13-year long partnership co-developing world-class higher education programmes, delivering the project managers and engineers of the future. The overall aim is to provide BAE Systems, a world-class employer, with outstanding education, training and apprenticeships that wholly support current and future business requirements.

Together, they co-created Foundation and Honours Degrees in Project Management, Aerospace Engineering and Nuclear Engineering, pioneering the highest quality qualifications which are embedded within the Degree Apprenticeships.

The Benefits

The partnership with BAE Systems provided direct industry expertise to the college to ensure that its infrastructure (physical and human resource) is corporately aligned and employer focused.

This programme was also beneficial for learners as it provided three substantial apprenticeship routes for individuals who would not normally have considered an apprenticeship pathway to employment. It also provided wider opportunities for non-BAE Systems full and part-time students to engage with the programmes created.

The effectiveness of this partnership is reflected in the fact that it has delivered dynamic, relevant and successful qualifications that have been accessed by many industries other than BAE Systems, across the country.

The partnership’s success was nationally recognised when Blackpool and The Fylde College received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. Additionally, the college’s higher education has been awarded the highest gold rating in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

The partnership is highly beneficial for BAE Systems as B&FC has helped them to design and deliver innovative and highly successful education and training programmes for their employees, providing a catalyst for the company’s current and future project professionals.

During the partnership, the college has remained adaptable and flexible to the employer’s needs, thanks to its comprehensive delivery package that features a blended learning approach with unparalleled support for students. Flexible delivery is supported by a virtual social learning environment, which won a joint Information Systems Committee Recognition of Innovation Award.

Both the Foundation Degree and BSc Honours programmes are nationally and professionally recognised through academic accreditation with the Association for Project Management (APM), with the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management being integrated into BAE System’s Project Control Foundation Scheme. This has ensured programme currency and industry suitability along with a high level of benefits realisation.

What they say

Hear first hand from colleges and employers about their experiences.

This partnership epitomises B&FC’s collaborative approach with industry partners to deliver co-created, bespoke solutions for their business.

Bev Robinson OBE, Principal and Chief Executive at Blackpool and The Fylde College

Our partnership with Blackpool and The Fylde College has helped produce a pipeline of talented people; many now have leading positions throughout our company. The curriculum for the degree was developed in a spirit of partnership, with the College designing the topics with industry requirements in the forefront of their mind.

BAE Systems benefits greatly from working with Blackpool and The Fylde College. The results have been outstanding.

BAE Systems Air

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