The 2019 MOD Access Forum saw attendees from various organisations learn about the public access issues affecting the MOD estate and even have a go at searching for unexploded ordnance!
Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Portsmouth Naval Base is gearing up to become home to the HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s huge new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
In 2015, an overhanging rock face began to collapse, damaging the public stairway that leads down from the South West Coast Path Trail to the Fossil Forest, located within Lulworth Ranges. DIO has worked with Lulworth Estate, Natural England, Dorset Council and Vertical Technologies to repair the stairway and re-open the site.
Last October, we awarded a £23 million contract to Lagan Aviation and Infrastructure to resurface the runway at RAF Northolt. We’ve now closed the runway for six months to allow the work to take place.
Nescliff Training Camp is an important military training area within the West Midlands and surrounding counties. DIO is investing £4 million into providing military personnel with new kitchen and dining areas to improve welfare facilities for soldiers who live, work and train at the camp.
Last week, I visited the Catterick Training Area to see the new urban operations training environment that has been built at Whinny Hill.
Archaeology in DIO is unique compared to any other organisation. The MOD owns about 1% of the UK mainland and is responsible for preserving, protecting and maintaining 777 Scheduled Monuments.
In February, I attended the Bruneian Education Ministries’ Higher Education Expo to promote the multiple pathways available to local and overseas students seeking a career in engineering, specifically within DIO Brunei.
This week is British Science Week, which celebrates careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). After leaving my career behind as a science teacher, I decided to pursue my passion in science by becoming a data analyst at DIO.
From visiting military firing ranges to supporting multi-million pound infrastructure programmes, apprenticeships at DIO can offer a unique insight into the world of Defence.