NEWS

OCTOBER 9TH 2017

Employers experience reserve training in Denmark

East Midlands employers meet reservists in Denmark

East Midlands employers meet reservists in Denmark

Four representatives from both public and private sector organisations had the opportunity to visit reservists on their annual training exercise in Denmark.

158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps welcomed personnel from Bombardier Transportation, Loughborough Endowed Schools, Leicester City Council and Mewies Engineering Consultancy (M-EC) to the military training camp in Oksbollejren explaining what the schedule would involve for them over the following three days.

During this unique visit the employers got to view weapon systems, the Royal Artillery in action and see how exercises are planned and carried out. They also witnessed military convoy moves, vehicle ambush drills and exercise control techniques.

Andrew Earnshaw, Headmaster, at Fairfield Preparatory School, Loughborough Endowed Schools, said: “Having witnessed first-hand the benefits of reservists undergoing military training in the field, I would wholeheartedly recommend other employers seizing the opportunity to do likewise in order to observe the benefits of providing specific opportunities for their staff to develop, both as an individual and as part of an effective team.

“The skills, knowledge and experience that they acquire in participating in such exercises can only benefit the organisations from which they have been released from.

“I can unquestionably state that the visit to Denmark gave me the chance to reflect on my own style of leadership and how to bring out the best out of my fantastic team at Fairfield.”

Employers learning about different types of vehicles

Employers learning about different types of vehicles

Eddie Mewies, Managing Director at M-EC, also attended the training exercise between 13 – 15 September, he said: “The trip to Denmark incorporated a full range of activities such as officer and battle order briefings; off-road travel in varying vehicles; live artillery firing at close quarters; opportunities for in-depth discussion with army officers and a cultural visit to Tirpitz WW2 museum.

“This well-planned and considered itinerary gave us not only an insight into the role of reservists ‘in action’ but also enabled a stronger understanding of the commitment both reservists and their employers must make.

“It was also particularly helpful to see how transferable skills such as leadership, organisation and general competency are utilised and nurtured in the reservist environment. Thank you to all involved for a very valuable and rewarding exercise.”

 

“The skills, knowledge and experience that they acquire in participating in such exercises can only benefit the organisations from which they have been released from."