Third North West Youth Zone supported by BAE Systems with £125,000 investment

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The donation to Inspire in Chorley takes BAE Systems’ total contribution to the region’s Youth Zones to £500,000 in the last 12 months.

The £125,000 donation will support Inspire, Chorley’s Youth Zone for four years and help fund a new ‘Makers Zone’ that will equip young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge to become creators and innovators, empowering them to shape a better future for themselves. 

BAE Systems is also working with Youth Zones in Blackburn and Preston, bringing the combined funding committed to more than £500,000 across the three facilities.

In Blackburn, the Company is supporting the Youth Zone’s Eco-Lab which educates young people on climate change issues and how they can take an active role in contributing to a greener planet. BAE Systems’ funding in Preston is helping to establish a new Youth Zone.

Louise Wallwork, People Vice President, BAE Systems’ Air sector said:

With more than 700 of our employees living in and around the borough, BAE Systems has always had a strong connection with Chorley and the surrounding area. We’re proud to contribute to the local community and this exciting new facility will provide inspiration, skills and experiences to boost prospects for young people in the region and support their future career paths.

Janine Blythe, CEO, Inspire – Chorley Youth Zone said:

When we first developed the idea of a Maker Zone, our first thought was to see if BAE Systems would be keen to get involved as we are well aware of their commitment to young people and developing their STEM and wider employability skills. We are thrilled that BAE Systems has come on board and I’m excited to get the Maker Zone up and running so the young people of Chorley can benefit from the experiences on offer and BAE Systems’ generosity.

The new learning space will be ready for use by the summer, giving young people the opportunity to learn coding, animation, videography, design and other digital skills. It will also be equipped with industry standard technology including 3D printers, vacuum formers and laser cutters to enable young people to gain experience in engineering and manufacturing. 

The Makers Zone is being created to meet the demand for young people to develop digital design, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and creative skills. This endeavour will enhance the aspirations, career prospects and confidence of young people across Chorley. 

Source: BAE Systems

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