QinetiQ apprentices applauded at graduation ceremony

06 Sep 2013

Employee's achievements celebrated at MOD Boscombe Down

Salisbury, UK - 6 September: 29 apprentices graduated today at the QinetiQ Apprentice Training School at MOD Boscombe Down.

80 guests saw the apprentices, who have spent four years training, officially mark the end of their courses and receive their graduation awards to become qualified in a variety of engineering fields. Approximately half of this year’s graduating apprentices are now local to the Salisbury area and will remain employed at MOD Boscombe Down in a wide range of jobs including Aircraft Maintenance; Flight Trials; and Installation. The remainder of the graduating Apprentices are based at a number of MOD Ranges located around the UK, operated and managed by QinetiQ on behalf of the MOD.

A motivational keynote speech was delivered by Olympic gold medal winning GB Rower, Anna Watkins MBE, who also presented each apprentice with their awards. Local MP, John Glen MP was also in attendance. He commented; "Apprenticeships are essential to help address youth unemployment and a chronic skills shortage in the UK so it is fantastic to be here today to witness the achievements of these talented apprentices. QinetiQ can be proud of its apprenticeship schemes and the contribution to help make a positive difference to the next generation in the science, technology and engineering community of this country.”

John Anderson, Director of Weapons Division at QinetiQ, who presented the CEO Award, said; “I am delighted that we have trained another set of young people to be the best and the brightest in their field and that we are able to celebrate their achievements at today’s ceremony. We are committed to helping our younger employees become the future leaders of tomorrow as they are ‘people who know how’ with the right skills to succeed. As a business we rely entirely on the expertise and skills of our people and our apprentices are a vital part of this. It is also vital for UK industry to help drive skills enhancement in this country; skills enhancement leads to innovation, innovation leads to growth, growth to prosperity.”

The award winning QinetiQ Apprentice Training School was established 44 years ago and trains students to achieve an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering. Many of the previous apprentice graduates have gone on to attain senior management roles in QinetiQ, and undertake higher education.

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QinetiQ apprentices applauded at graduation ceremony