The Telegraph are reporting that MI6 has welcomed its first ever school trip as it broadens its recruiting pool for spies and tries to dispel the perception that staff are only chosen via a “tap on the shoulder” at Oxbridge colleges.
Seven prize-winning students from some of the most deprived areas of Wales met the chief of the secretive organisation during a careers trip to the capital.
The Secret Intelligence Service wants to attract a wider range of recruits, amid fears that potentially successful candidates may be not be considering a career within the service.
A senior intelligence official said MI6 was keen to draw on Britain’s broad ethnic diversity to boost recruitment.
“The Service wants to encourage people from all walks of life, irrespective of their religious or ethnic background, to understand they can have a fulfilling career working for MI6.”
“The world of modern espionage requires a wide range of skills, and we need to broaden our recruitment to every corner of society to ensure we get the best people available to make sure we can defend the nation from a wide range of threats.”
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