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June 22nd 2015

Bulwell Reservist wears his uniform to college

A Reservist, who lives in Bulwell, is set to wear his military uniform into his civilian workplace this week, to raise awareness about the Reserve Forces locally.

Sapper Scott Elsmore, aged 23, joined the 350 Field Squadron (EOD) Royal Engineers, an Army Reserve unit based in Nottingham, two years ago and is taking part in Reserves Day on 24 June to give his colleagues at New College Nottingham (NCN) the opportunity to find out more about his part-time career and what he does when he is away on training exercises or taking part in other competitions.

Working as Lecturer in Plastering at NCN’s Basford Campus, Scott explained: “This is the first time I have taken part in Reserves Day. The students I teach and my colleagues at work all take an active interest in me being in the Army Reserve and are always quite eager to hear my stories when I have been away for training or have been taking part in some adventurous training.”

Scott was one of eight Army Reservists from 350 Field Squadron (EOD) who recently completed a NATO Patrol Competition in the Italian Alps, North of Milan, an exercise that tested the group’s fitness, navigational and problem solving skills. He continued: “It sounds like a cliché but joining the Army Reserve is one of the best experiences of my life. I previously used to keep fit by going boxing in my spare time, but now I have the opportunity to keep fit as part of my Reservist role and get paid at the same time.

“I recently travelled to Italy to complete a military patrol competition, that included 58 teams from locations around Europe and the USA, who all came together to take part in the event. My team and I worked really well together making our way through a range of navigation tasks, live firing exercises, a river crossing and an abseiling exercise. The team building, management and leadership skills used in exercises such as this are always carried with me in to my civilian workplace, and in turn help me to teach the students.”

Tracey Hutchinson, is Scott’s line manager at NCN. She said: “We recognise the important role our Reservists play in the community and so we’re delighted to support Reserves Day. As a College, we promote lifelong learning and employability, and Scott is providing an excellent example to our students. Learning doesn’t always have to take place in the classroom and we encourage our students to take up as many opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills as they can. We offer courses in Public Services which act as a springboard into careers in the armed forces, so it’s very important to us to recognise the contribution made by members of our own staff team to the forces locally, nationally and internationally.”

Scott is one of two Royal Engineers from 350 Field Squadron (EOD) taking part in Reserves Day at NCN. Sapper Glenn Brough, also a lecturer, joined the Army Reserve after hearing about Scott’s experiences and is also taking part in event to raise awareness about the Armed Forces in the community.

350 Field Squadron (EOD) are recruiting, to find out more information call 0115 9464909 (Ext 5217) or email 33ENGR-350-RRMT-WO@MOD.UK

To find out more about the Army Reserve visit www.army.mod.uk

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"The students I teach and my colleagues at work all take an active interest in me being in the Army Reserve and are always quite eager to hear my stories when I have been away for training or have been taking part in some adventurous training.”