QinetiQ apprentice becomes Minister for the day

30 Jul 2014

Mechanical Aeronautical student shadows Philip Dunne MP

An apprentice from QinetiQ has spent a day shadowing the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne MP.

QinetiQ apprentice, Mike Dodd, spent a day shadowing Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne MP

Mike Dodd, a 2nd year Mechanical Aeronautical Apprentice at QinetiQ, based at MOD Boscombe Down, joined the Minister as part of his involvement in the national Brathay Apprentice Challenge and work in the promotion of apprenticeships. Mike attended a range of meetings and heard first-hand how important the work he and other apprentices do is in contributing to the economy. Mike was also privileged to a tour of the historic MOD building in London, including visits to the media and scientific departments, as well as an underground wine cellar built for King Henry VII!

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne MP, said: “I see everyday the contribution that British apprentices make to businesses across the country to ensure that our Armed Forces have the best equipment, technology and support in the world. The defence industry generates over £22 billion turnover for the economy each year and by supporting hard working apprentices and boosting their skills we are securing the UK’s economic future. It was great to have Mike here today as part of his apprenticeship to be able to give him some insight in to how his work contributes to the safety of our nation.”

QinetiQ Apprentice, Mike Dodd, said: I really enjoyed meeting Philip Dunne MP and am extremely grateful to him for the time he dedicated to accommodate me. I was a VIP in the MOD building and got to sit in on some very interesting meetings with a range of people from different MOD departments. The day was fascinating and a very valuable experience that I learnt a huge amount from to carry forward in my future career.”

Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge tests non-technical work skills and the personal attributes of competing apprentices. Mike was part of the QinetiQ team that came 2nd nationally. Over a six-month period, the team raised over £2,000 for charity, delivered a community project and held numerous school visits and media interviews to explain the benefits of Apprenticeships and how they enable young people to earn while they learn, gaining valuable qualifications.

Notes for Editors:

QinetiQ is the founding member of The 5% Club, a campaign to get the UK’s public and private companies to commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within the next five years. The aim of the campaign is to tackle both the chronic skills shortage and youth unemployment in Britain and help the country remain at the forefront of innovation. For more information on The 5% Club visit www.5percentclub.org.uk

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