At the beginning of September, 11 of QinetiQ’s aeronautical engineering apprentices, based at MOD Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, graduated their four year Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in Aeronautical Engineering course. Following the opening address by Graham Love, QinetiQ’s CEO, they received their awards from the guest of honour, Air Chief Marshal, Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff.
The graduates have been working in either mechanical or avionic engineering, on areas like digital electronics, radar and communications and aircraft structures. They have had the unique opportunity to train with the aircraft based at Boscombe Down including the Alpha Jet and Harrier, heavy aircraft including the BAC 1-11 and Andover, and helicopters like Gazelle and Lynx.
“The technical training we provide is comparable to anywhere in the UK and the current completion rate stands at 95%, far in excess of the national average,” explained Graham Love, QinetiQ’s CEO. “The apprentices graduating today demonstrate our continuing commitment to providing the very best in engineering training and I am particularly proud to announce Fabian Shingelton as QinetiQ’s Apprentice of the Year 2009.”
These apprentices represent the latest success for the Boscombe Down Apprentice Training Centre, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. A further 42 apprentices, the largest ever intake, will shortly commence their training, bringing the total number of apprentices currently within the QinetiQ apprenticeship scheme to 102.
The diverse training curriculum covers more than pure engineering subjects and embraces other activities such as adventurous ‘character building’ training, offshore sailing and the opportunity to participate in high profile local community projects. This mix ensures that the QinetiQ Apprenticeship Scheme remains highly regarded and is always oversubscribed, with fierce competition for places.
The graduates will now be taking up challenging careers where they can put their new and highly sought after skills into practice.
Pictured is Fabian Shingelton during the graduation ceremony receiving his award as Graduate of the Year 2009 from guest of honour Air Chief Marshal, Sir Stephen Dalton.
The second picture is of all 11 graduates (from Left to right) Joshua Shergold, Dean Storton, Iain Jones, Fabian Shingleton, Laurie Bennett, Hailey Lambert, Gavin Mills, Ian Gillespie, Matthew Nicholls, Philip McDonnell and Harry Knight.