QinetiQ announces graduate growth

17 Dec 2013

Company close to doubling intake

QinetiQ has announced it is increasing its graduate intake from 59 to 114 places in 2014, part of its on-going commitment to investing in the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists.

At the same time as announcing this significant increase in its graduate intake in 2014, the defence and security company has launched a refreshed graduate and apprentice recruitment programme, ‘iQ’, continuing its quest to attract the brightest and the best.

The scheme is now open for applications for science, maths, engineering, business and IT graduates across a number of QinetiQ’s businesses including Air, Space, Maritime and Training & Simulation Services. The graduate programme provides applicants with a structured two year programme providing them with the experience and skills to become the leaders of the future.

The commitment to increasing graduate recruitment forms part of QinetiQ’s drive as a founding member of The 5% Club campaign, a nationwide campaign urging companies across the UK to commit to 5% of their workforce being apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on a formalised training programme within five years.

Leo Quinn, QinetiQ Chief Executive, said: "QinetiQ is built on the strength of its expertise – "people who know how". For us that means constantly renewing our talent base with the best of young talent out there to ensure we offer customers a team of people who can drive forward technology in the UK. Our graduates and apprentices are a key part of that and we are very excited to be nearly doubling our graduate intake this coming year.

"For all of us in industry, developing our young people is both a business and social imperative – skills enhancement leads to innovation, innovation leads to growth, growth leads to prosperity. This increase at QinetiQ underlines our commitment as a member of The 5% Club and we would urge other companies to join us by investing in a generation, thus helping both to drive UK growth and tackle the nearly one million youth unemployed."

QinetiQ also offers apprentice programmes, with apprenticeships in engineering, management, facilities and information systems and is also looking to expand disciplines in 2014 into new areas such as Space and Cyber. QinetiQ partners with training providers to deliver Apprenticeships but is also an educational provider in its own right and has an award winning QinetiQ Apprentice Training School at MOD Boscombe Down. Many apprentice graduates have gone on to attain senior management roles in QinetiQ and technical experts leading or advising on ground-breaking projects in air, land and maritime.

For more information visit: www.QinetiQ.com/iQ2014
For more information on The 5% Club visit www.5percentclub.org.uk

Notes for Editors:

The 5% Club is 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. It also asks member to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report.

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