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TEENAGERS from across the country were given a glimpse into working in government intelligence at the University of Portsmouth this week.

Sixty children aged 14 and 15 were shown how electronics could be turned into an exciting career at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) with the help of staff from GCHQ, defence technology company QinetiQ and the university’s electronics academics.

The youngsters tried out equipment at the university and enjoyed presentations and workshops run by the experts.

Barbara Haward, associate dean from the university’s technology faculty, said: ‘We welcome these teenagers to learn first-hand about some of the extraordinary things which can be achieved using electronics and engineering.

‘We hope this small taste of advanced electronics will inspire some of them to consider studying the subject at university.’

GCHQ fights threats to this country by collecting electronic and digital signals. The workshop was sponsored by charity The Smallpeice Trust.