July 7th 2017

Behind the wire at Chetwynd Barracks

Ready to roll in the RODET

Ready to roll in the RODET

More than 50 representatives from local employers experienced a unique visit to a specialist Army training facility, normally out of reach to members of the public, this week (6 July).

An event took place at the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC), Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham, and saw employers from both public and private sector organisations learn more about the Army’s operational training and have a go at a range of ‘hands on’ activities.

Employers learn how to use the lazer rifles

Employers learn how to use the lazer rifles

Attendees had a go on an indoor electronic shooting range; viewed kit and equipment used by military personnel in operational environments and saw a mock battlefield casualty drill inside a large hanger used by the Army for training purposes.

A number of employers also had a go in the RODET (Roll Over Dismount Egress Trainer) which is used to teach personnel how to escape from vehicles that are turned over on difficult terrain. It can simulate a vehicle rolling over and coming to rest upside down or on its side, allowing soldiers to practise escape procedures.

Some of the employers, from counties around the East Midlands, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging to support members of their staff who currently serve or have previously served in our Armed Forces, regular and reserve.

Putting the skills to good use

Putting the skills to good use

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “The visit to the MTMC allowed employers who employ reservists and military Service leavers the chance to find out more about the types of training undertaken by full and part-time soldiers, and how some of these skills can be positive assets in the civilian workplace.

“Military training develops a huge range of transferable skills that are of great value in the workplace; such as enhanced communications skills, the ability to think on their feet and to lead a team of people. I have received lots of positive feedback about the event and I look forward to continuing to build our relationship with these employers in the future.”

Feedback from employers who attended the event:

Kacper Pilarz of Freshlinc, which is based in Spalding, attended the event. He said: “It’s been really great and I’ve never experienced anything like this so it’s been amazing. I’ve learnt a lot including things I didn’t expect to like how to boost self-confidence.”

Getting ready for the RODET

Getting ready for the RODET

Lynn Mentiply, Regions and Forums Manager at the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) based in Northamptonshire, explained: “The CILT is very proud of its relationship with the Armed Forces.

“The CEO of CILT, Kevin Richardson, and the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Logistic Operations), Major General Angus Fey, have recently signed a joint Statement of Intent to bring together professionals from industry and the Armed Forces to share better practice, insights and opportunities and so enhance our national logistics and transport capabilities for the future.”

Claire Bicknell, Director of Catena (Nottingham) Limited, commented: “I very much value the relationship Catena has with the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association – as a micro business I had no idea that the relationship would be such a benefit to me in relation to networking opportunities. I have been really impressed with members of the Reserve Forces I have come in to contact with in terms of their organisational skills and the way in which they host events like the one today at MTMC.”

Shaun Moloney, who attended the event through his role as a board member of Erewash Partnership, said: “I think what the reserves know and learn is phenomenal. The event gave me a good insight into the benefits being a member of the Reserve Forces can bring to a company. The appliance, discipline and attention to detail that’s second nature to them as a result of the training they receive are second to none. I shall be passing what I’ve learned today on to the around 450 businesses that make up the partnership.”

Barbara Breeze, CEO/Managing Director, ADM Shine Technologies Ltd, commented: “Employing reservists is a hidden goldmine of skills and aptitude that an employer can gain from. The level of training and skills that the Armed Forces personnel gain is directly of benefit to the civilian workplace. It’s about abilities, aptitude, decisive application of abilities, handling stress and conflict, and maturely dealing with situations. Above all whatever they specialise in, one thing the employer will see, is that they are taught in a way that means those skills and abilities are learnt in a way that is thorough. For me today the MTMC visit was a real eye-opener to the thoroughness of the training employers can expect to see how considerable the preparation and return aspects are for reservists and hence your employees.”

Justin Donne, President of Justin Donne Consulting in Nottingham, said:  “I wanted to attend because I felt this would be interesting, rewarding personally, professionally, and beneficial to others. It was a new experience for me, and good for my personal development and growth. Professionally, I was able to network while learning new things. I’m committed to doing all I can to help, and appreciate the unexpected opportunities which come of it.”


“It’s been really great and I’ve never experienced anything like this so it’s been amazing. I’ve learnt a lot including things I didn’t expect to like how to boost self-confidence.”