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QinetiQ was delighted to welcome Sir Peter Luff MP, for Mid Worcestershire and former Defence Minister, to Malvern today, where he met a number of graduates to talk about the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

As the leading member of The 5% Club, an initiative with the goal of ensuring that 5% of companies’ workforces are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on structured programmes within the next five years, Sir Peter Luff was introduced to some of QinetiQ’s most recent graduate recruits to hear about their education experiences and future career aspirations.

Sir Peter was also shown a number of key projects at QinetiQ, such as Galileo Secure Navigation, Ion engines and cyber security, highlighting how a high-tech British company is investing in areas of future technology and how QinetiQ is a company built around its people.

Sir Peter Luff said: "QinetiQ is a company that makes a crucial contribution to the Worcestershire economy, develops world leading technology and plays a vital part in protecting our national security. I have visited many of QinetiQ's sites around the country and I always leave inspired by what they do, especially here at Malvern.

"The company's commitment to training is also genuinely impressive, something that I know matters hugely to their Chief Executive, Leo Quinn. I really appreciate their support for my own efforts to encourage more young people to consider careers in science, technology and engineering and that's why I was so pleased to meet so many of QinetiQ's recent graduate entry today.

“Creating opportunities for young people is not only good for business and good for young people but also good the future competitiveness of the country and sustaining growth. I welcome QinetiQ’s commitment to report on the numbers of graduate trainees and apprentices in its employee base, with the goal of getting to 5% by March 2015. I would encourage all employers to look at joining The 5% Club.”

Notes for Editors:

Founded by QinetiQ, 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.

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