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June 17th 2016

Employers experience ‘behind the wire’ training experience

Employers learn how to search for Improvised Explosive Devices

More than 70 employers have taken part in a ‘behind the wire’ tour of an Army Training Centre in Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell, Nottingham, to give them an insight into training activities undertaken by members of the Reserve Forces.

During the event attendees were briefed about the Army (including Reserves), the role of the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC) where the event took place, and the importance of employer-Defence relationships.

Employers experienced the RODET roll-over drill egress trainer

Employers experienced the RODET roll-over drill egress trainer

The employers saw demonstrations of Army weapons, uniform and equipment, had-a-go on an electronic rifle range, experienced the RODET roll-over drill egress trainer and learnt how to search for improvised explosive devises in an operational environment.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional Employer Engagement Director, organised the event in conjunction with East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire). He explained: “Reservists, who give up their time to train and serve alongside our regular (full-time) forces, are an essential part of our national security and Defence capability.  The visit to the MTMC gave employers, some of whom already employ Reservists, the opportunity to learn more about training procedures and activities undertaken by Reservists.  This is a rare hands-on experience that I am sure was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.”

Stephanie Noble, Corporate Social Responsibility Intern, at Loughborough University, attended the event. She commented: “We are delighted to be able to be a part of the employer visit to the Army’s Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre. The day was an opportunity to find out more about Reservist training and to see what our employees can seek to gain from becoming a Reservist alongside their role at Loughborough University.”

Barbara Breeze, Chief Executive Officer of ADM Shine Technologies Ltd based in Leicestershire, said: “The Reserve Forces are a critical part of the Armed Forces in the UK, and their value and contribution to businesses is significant. You only need to scratch the surface to see the thoroughness of the skills and training they receive – most of which is totally transferable to the business environment and of tangible benefit.”

Nick Ramsden, Team Manager of Sport and Public Services at Derby College, said:  “As an employer, Derby College recognises the tireless work that the Armed Forces conduct. We actively support members of staff who combine their work with jobs in the Reserve Forces. As an educator we fully endorse the values that the Armed Forces conduct themselves by, and as a College that delivers Public Services programmes we are encouraged to see students wanting to progress to a career in this sector.”

"The visit to the MTMC gave employers, some of whom already employ Reservists, the opportunity to learn more about training procedures and activities undertaken by Reservists."