Thales UK has long recognised the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). It is an area that we are highly passionate about as we believe inspiring future generations to engage in STEM subjects is not only crucial for a young person’s educational development, but also critical to the future of UK industries.

We appreciate that it is vital to give young people the tools and information they need to make informed decisions about their future career opportunities, and to help ensure that they understand how important STEM is in our daily lives.

The need for engineers and those with STEM qualifications is critical to the UK workforce. It is estimated that we will require a significant increase in qualified engineers each year for the next decade. To help meet demand, we feel that it is our role to support and develop opportunities where possible to allow young people to gain the necessary skills and knowledge about the options available to them.

The 2016 Engineering UK report highlights that companies are projected to need 182,000 people with engineering skills each year until 2022.

Our Aim

Thales aims to inspire, inform and engage young people through a variety of initiatives, activities and opportunities. We hope to give young people the skills and knowledge needed to make an informed decision about their educational choices and future career options.

Our Key Objectives

  1. Implement and support high quality and effective opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to learn about STEM subjects and their importance in society.
  2. Raise awareness of career opportunities and the importance of the right qualifications within STEM subjects.
  3. Actively demonstrate that studying STEM subjects is fun, creative and can empower young people with ideas and concepts.
  4. Work in partnership with a wide variety of external organisations to support and deliver STEM engagement and activities.


STEM Schools Strategy

Students meet Tim Peake on a recent visit to Thales's Belfast site
Students meet Tim Peake on a recent visit to Thales's Belfast site
At our major Thales sites we  are involved in a wide range of educational projects and activities where Thales employees are engaging with local schools to help support young people and promote STEM subjects. Our STEM schools strategy is being rolled out over 2016/2017 and has been created so that we can better support local schools within the communities where Thales offices are based. By the end of 2017, our aim is to work with 24 schools on a regular  basis offering them a variety of STEM activities and opportunities such as:
  • School visits to Thales sites
  • Support STEM projects and activities within schools
  • Provide Thales representatives at career fairs and other school events
  • Support in STEM or Science clubs
Alongside our STEM schools strategy, Thales ambassadors have also developed and delivered the Classroom to Thales programme. This was a hugely successful programme  which was run in Manchester and London. Find out more here.

We at Ifield Community College have been fortunate to further our STEM programme in the last couple of years by working closely with Thales. The opportunities of working directly with industry have been invaluable for our students. The range of activities is continually expanding and the STEM ambassadors who work at Thales are always highly knowledgeable, extremely friendly and willing to go the EXTRA yard with our students. We have engaged in a wide range of activities across many fields of STEM, including Scratch programming, Apps writing, 'introduction to electronics' workshops, careers advice and site tours ."

David Curran, Ifield Community College

STEM Activities

Thales Group - STEM Planet

Big Bang

Each year Thales supports the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, as well as other smaller Big Bang events across the country. These events give us the opportunity to meet students, teachers and parents from across the UK, and to showcase some of our activities and materials whilst giving people the opportunity to learn more about Thales. You can find out more here.
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National Women in Engineering Day

With an ever growing need to inspire females into the world of STEM, we work to ensure that all of our activities and events are targeted at both males and females. To celebrate National Women in Engineering Day, each year we run an event to bring  young women interested in STEM subjects together with female scientists and engineers. In 2016, 70 young women from Glasgow and Crawley came together to network with talented and highly skilled female employees from a variety of different areas across the Thales business. The events are great for young people to learn about the different roles available to them, and what they need to do to get there. 

I spoke to one of our students who had attended the Women in Engineering event. She had a really great time, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her so animated! Please do keep me informed about any future events.”

James Turner, Imberhorne School

Manchester Hackathon

Each year we support the Manchester Hackathon in conjunction with the Museum of Science and Industry.  The 24 hour coding competition gives young people the opportunity to hone their coding skills by coming up with new ideas and completing challenges.


Thales Group - STEM Cogs
At Thales we are passionate about working in partnership, supporting and collaborating with other organisations to ensure that we are getting the STEM message out to as many people as possible. We are proud to work with a number of different organisations so we can share our knowledge and resources to ensure we reach as many young people as possible.

Teach First

Our partnership with Teach First has allowed us to support a number of Teach First schools in the UK in a variety of ways. As part of the agreement, the schools have access to a number of our STEM  activities and programmes. The partnership also includes opportunities for STEM teachers to gain mentoring and work placement opportunities within Thales UK to learn more about industry. This enables teachers to gain knowledge  and experience which can be taken back into the classroom, while enhancing their personal development opportunities.


We are proud to have a Thales world with Plotr. Plotr is an innovative and engaging way to allow young people to explore different job roles and see where their interests and skills could take them in future careers. The free site allows young people and parents the opportunity to gain a wealth of careers guidance and knowledge as well as being a great resource for schools and STEM ambassadors to access.

We believe this is a great tool that can be used in classrooms by teachers, STEM ambassadors and parents who want to explore the different opportunities available.

Arkwright Scholars

Each year Thales sponsor a number of Arkwright Scholars. The scheme identifies, inspires and nurtures future leaders in Engineering. This is a great opportunity to meet talented individuals who have an interest in aerospace, space, transportation, defence and security.

The students we sponsor are given the opportunity to have a Thales mentor, gain work experience and visit some of our sites to gain a better understanding of industry.


Thales Group - STEM Mortar
Thales wants to support schools and teachers where possible by providing suitable resources for the classroom. Our materials have been designed to aid sessions that you may already be teaching.
The Wonderful World of STEM brochure and presentation has been designed for primary aged children to get them thinking about why STEM is important. We have developed the presentation so that teachers can make it their own and adapt it to suit their lessons.
Engineering Explored has been designed for secondary school children in years 7 and 8. It's an introduction to the different roles of engineering and what routes they can take to get there.
Ray and Fay Brain Ticklers are full of all those questions children ask but adults struggle to know the answer to! The game is great for primary school children to play, however, it has also become popular with secondary school children and is used as an icebreaker or general quiz.
For more information concerning career opportunities for young people aged 16 and above please take a look at our early careers site where we advertise our graduate and apprentice opportunities across the UK.

 Many thanks for the STEM brochures, they look brilliant. We have Year 5 girls and their parents visiting us next week, so they will be a perfect addition for my STEM stand.”

Naomi Smith, Brighton and Hove School for Girls


Thales Group - Wonderful World of STEM Brochure
Thales Group -  Wonderful World of STEM Presentation
Wonderful World of STEM Presentation
Thales Group - Engineering Explored
Engineering Explored
Thales Group - STEM Brain Ticklers
STEM Ray and Fay Brain ticklers
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Engineering at Thales Presentation

Useful Links

Thales Group - STEM Link
Find out more about becoming an Engineer with Tomorrow’s Engineers.

Apprenticeship opportunities

In England 
In Scotland
In Ireland
In Wales
Thales Graduate Programme

University information

Which? University 

Further Education or Technical Colleges

University Technical Colleges 

Careers Support 


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