QinetiQ apprentices support Salisbury's youth

13 Mar 2014

Team of nine take part in Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2014

13 March 2014: A team of QinetiQ apprentices have helped to refurbish ‘The Unit’, a youth centre in Salisbury, as part of their involvement in this year’s Brathay Apprentice Challenge, a competition run by the National Apprenticeship Service.

QinetiQ’s Brathay Challenge Team outside The Unit

As part of this year’s challenge, the team of apprentices based at the QinetiQ Apprentice Training School at MOD Boscombe Down, were tasked to complete a community project which will make a difference and lasting effect in the local area. The team decided to renovate ‘The Unit’, a centre on Endless Street in Salisbury, where young people aged 13-25 can develop skills and find out about jobs and opportunities for their future, of which apprenticeships can be a key part.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge is the official search to find the ‘apprentice team of the year’, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service. Alongside the community project, it will also see the team complete a series of other work-related challenges to develop new skills such as leadership, logistical and communications abilities, as well as raise the profile of apprenticeships within schools and the local community.

Melanie Jackson, Head of the QinetiQ Apprentice Training School at MOD Boscombe Down, said; “Congratulations to all the QinetiQ Brathay Challenge team on their achievements at The Unit, I know they have worked very hard at the centre. The Brathay Challenge is a fantastic opportunity, allowing our apprentices to work together to experience great new challenges and gain a variety of new skills. QinetiQ is very proud of its apprentices and our award winning apprentice school – and the achievements of the team just enhances the excellent reputation of the School.”

The renovations will include giving the centre more of a café feel, removing the current carpet to fit laminate flooring, painting the walls, ceilings and exterior signs to give it a fresher and welcoming feel.

The QinetiQ Brathay Challenge 2014 team are; Robert Langley, Michael Dodd, Matthew Crew, Benjamin Shipway, Benjamin Keen, Rhys Crowley, Alexander Townend, Peter Baldwin and Harry Hart.

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.

To find out more about The 5% Club please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk.

Notes for Editors:

For more information on The Unit contact:
Annie Scadden, Community Development and Partnership Manager, Salisbury City Council
Tel: 01722 342866

QinetiQ is 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.

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