Sea Cadets visit Portland Bill and explore the opportunities within QinetiQ

QinetiQ has hosted 30 sea cadets at its Portland Bill facility to learn more about the work undertaken and understand what is involved in science and engineering careers.

During the visit, the Sea Cadets were split into two groups of 15 and shown around the Land Magnetic Range and the Compass Test Centre. As part of the Land Magnetic Range tour they were shown how to measure and rank the relative magnetism of various objects. In the Compass Test Centre the cadets learnt the continued importance of magnetic compasses to the Royal Navy and the effects of the earth’s magnetic field on equipment. This included a practical test measuring the difference between magnetic and true north.

David Ray, Deputy Chairman of the Weymouth Sea Cadets said, “The cadets were full of enthusiasm to visit those ‘white buildings’ that they often pass on the way to Portland Bill. One of the Cadets said they were surprised that such an important testing facility is on our very doorstep, all because Portland Stone is non-magnetic. QinetiQ employees did a great job explaining the work undertaken at Portland Bill and simulating the earth’s magnetic field to measure its effect on various test objects. Weymouth Sea Cadets very much appreciate the time and effort given by QinetiQ in organising the visit, it was very educational and full of fun.”

Lara Taylor-Phelps, QinetiQ Project Manager and organiser of the event said, “It was a real pleasure to host the Sea Cadets and explain to them the unique facilities that we have here at Portland Bill. It is important that we take the time to explain and inspire young people about what science and engineering careers can lead to. That is why QinetiQ is a founding member of The 5% Club aimed at providing young people with the skills required for their future careers. These relationships and visits are important to all us and we are looking forward to taking up the invitation to visit the cadets at one of their parades in the near future.”

The 5% Club is an industry led initiative to tackle youth unemployment with over 90 members. Those who are signed up commit to having at least 5% of their workforce be either an apprentice, graduate or sponsored student within five years.

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