QinetiQ has announced taking up double the amount of graduates in 2014 compared with 2013

QinetiQ to double graduate intake

British defence and technology company QinetiQ has announced it is increasing the number of graduate positions from 59 to 114 in 2014, as part of its campaign to help foster the next generation of engineers.

Aimed at science, maths, engineering, business and IT graduates, the QinetiQ’s scheme looks for applicants interested in working in the company’s various branches including Air, Space, Maritime and Training and Simulation Services. The successful applicants will embark on a two-year structured programme, helping them to develop skills in their respective fields.

At the same time, the firm has launched a new ‘iQ’ recruitment programme, trying to attract the best available talent.

“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,” said Leo Quinn, QinetiQ chief executive.

“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.

QinetiQ is part of the The 5 Per Cent Club, a nationwide campaign urging companies across the UK to commit to 5 per cent of their workforce being apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on a formalised training programme within five years.

According to Quinn, such initiatives are of crucial importance as nearly one million of young people in the UK are currently unemployed.

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