Qinetiq is increasing its graduate intake from 59 to 114 places in 2014.
The defence and security company has also launched iQ, a graduate and apprentice recruitment programme designed to ‘attract the brightest and the best’.
The company says the scheme is now open for applications for science, maths, engineering, business and IT graduates across its businesses including air, space, maritime and training & simulation services.
The commitment to increasing graduate recruitment forms part of Qinetiq’s drive as a member of The 5% Club campaign, a nationwide campaign urging companies to commit to five per cent of their workforce being apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on a formalised training programme within five years.
In a statement Leo Quinn, Qinetiq chief executive, said: ‘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.’