At Raytheon UK, we are working towards a fully inclusive environment for our colleagues by investing in a diverse and talented workforce. Through creating skilled jobs and supporting future generations to succeed in careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) we are strengthening the communities in which we operate.

  Working on our company culture has been my number one priority since I took over as CEO. I want everyone to feel that Raytheon UK is a warm and vibrant place to build their careers.

Raytheon UK CEO Jeff Lewis


Leading the way on equality

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Women in Defence Charter

Recognising that our industry still has a long way to go in gender equality, in 2021 Raytheon UK was one of the first major defence companies to sign the UK government's Women in Defence Charter. The charter pledges gender balance across the defence industry and fair opportunities for women at all levels.

As a signatory of the Charter, Raytheon UK is committed to 30% representation of women on all levels of the business by 2030.

Whether you’re designing and testing a product in our manufacturing facility or in a C-suite role, we want to see equity across our organisation.

Case study: Women in Defence: Nadia, apprentice software developer

In 2019, Nadia was looking for a career change.

While she was scared of taking the risk, when Nadia got the opportunity to join Raytheon UK as a software development apprentice family and friends encouraged her take the leap.

 I never thought I’d be able to change careers after having my little girl but my work ethic and the people around me gave me that push I needed.

Nadia is proud to be part of Raytheon UK’s Women in Defence commitment – and of her contribution to breaking down gender biases in relation to STEM and defence careers.

 It’s important for younger generation of girls to be aware of STEM activities and career opportunities early on. We all need to play a part in breaking stereotypes and introducing diversity.

To further strengthen Raytheon UK’s diverse talent base and our engagement with local communities, we have invested in a range of Employee Resource Groups – such as Raytheon Alliance for Diverse Abilities, Raytheon Women’s Network and Raypride.

Raytheon UK is the first defence company to become a partner of the Business Disability Forum. The Business Disability Forum is a non-profit organisation that works together with our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) team and Diverse Abilities Employee Resource Group to build an environment at Raytheon UK where people with disabilities can thrive and perform without any barriers.

Our partnership with Business Disability Forum helps challenge us to look across our policies, processes, and facilities to ensure they are fully accessible for people with disabilities. Together, we are building a modern disability-smart organisation.

  We are so pleased that Raytheon UK has become a partner of Business Disability Forum, to demonstrate and live their commitment to getting it right for disabled people and to enable all their employees to bring their whole selves to work. Defence is a sector which is likely to see a higher share of acquired disabilities whether that is injury in combat, PTSD or sensory loss.

Diane Lightfoot, chief executive of Business Disability Forum


Employee Community Support

Every year, our employees spend thousands of hours volunteering in our communities, giving help to the most vulnerable in our society and working to inspire the next generation into careers in STEM.

Employee Resource Groups

To strengthen Raytheon UK’s diverse talent base and our engagement with local communities, we have invested in a range of Employee Resource Groups – such as Raytheon Alliance for Diverse Abilities, Raytheon Women’s Network and our early-career development network.

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Global Month of Service

We work with national and local organisations across the UK to support the communities around our sites. From volunteering at foodbanks, taking part in park clean-ups and donating to hospices we aim to ensure that we’re helping our communities in whatever way we can. Volunteering is very much a grass-root-led activity and is spearheaded by our volunteer network.

Each April, we run our Global Month of Service (GMOS) initiative, encouraging volunteering as a way of giving back. During GMOS 2023, 77 volunteers spent more than 800 hours helping in their communities.

In 2022, our Glenrothes colleagues were officially awarded for their initiative during the global pandemic. The team had used their tech expertise to quickly shift production to ventilators, helping the NHS save lives.

Talent attraction, development and engagement

We take a partnership approach with schools and universities throughout the country to help inspire the next generation of tech and engineering leaders. We aim to have 20% of our workforce become STEM  Ambassadors.

Another of our targets is to have 90% of our apprentices converted into employees by 2025. We are currently employing 80 apprentices and are looking to grow this number every year.

Cyber Academy

We run annual Cyber Academy workshops for university students, veterans and the unemployed to help support the education of coding. We deliver this through basic, intermediate and master classes to help plug the global cyber skills shortage.

Cyber First

Our team has begun leading a group of SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) to build an education and training system to support diverse cyber talent in Southwest England.

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Quadcopter Challenge

The Quadcopter Challenge is one of our main programmes to inspire the next generation into STEM careers. Open to schools and Air Cadets around the UK, we offer the STEM challenge to 13  to 14-year-old students.

Every year, students from across our four nations are tasked with building a full-scale quadcopter - a four-bladed, remotely piloted drone – and guided through the process with help from our STEM Ambassadors.

Partnered with RAF Cadets, 2023 saw the Quadcopter Challenge students consider how their designs could help emergency services, with a focus on meeting rapid responder needs and safety.

In the latest challenge 76 teams took part, with more than 1,360 students mentored since 2015. The 2023 champions were announced in December at RAF Cranwell.

Mental Health

Raytheon UK treats mental health as critically as any other area of health and safety in work. Our employees have access to a network of mental health ambassadors; colleagues who are trained to listen and provide counsel on a range of problems and concerns. We also work with Combat Stress, an organisation that helps former service members cope with mental health related issues.

Case study: ‘Fortunately we are moving towards a place where people in the defence industry can speak about how they feel and seek help’ – conversation with a Raytheon UK mental health ambassador

One of our ambassadors discusses why supporting mental health is key and what Raytheon UK is doing to change attitudes toward mental health in the defence sector.

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