March 17th 2014


Three local employers, who are supportive of the Reserve Forces, have travelled to Norway to learn more about the military and how specific training programmes can benefit their businesses.

Colin Draycott, from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Simon Ward of Tog 24 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Daniel Muller from Culina Ambient Ltd in Lutterworth, Leicestershire visited an area in which Royal Marine Reserves (RMR) carry out their Arctic Warfare Training.

The visit to Norway was organised by East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) and SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers).

During the 3-day trip, from 10 to 13 March 2014, they were issued with military clothing and equipment to help them to face the arctic conditions. They spent time at the Marines base camp where they met a number of Reservists undergoing training and also spent a night sleeping under canvas.

This was a rare opportunity to see Reservists’ training up-close. Nick Sharpe, Chief Executive at East Midlands RFCA, said: “Visiting a training camp such as this is a great opportunity for employers to see the type of military training undertaken by Reservists and to speak to Reservists about the transferable skills and attributes they develop to benefit both their civilian and military careers.

“We have received good feedback about the visit and believe it was beneficial to learn more about Reservists as exceptionally committed individuals who have developed core skills such as teamwork, leadership, loyalty, and the ability to work under the pressure which could benefit any civilian employer.”

Colin Draycott, Company Secretary, from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “The trip to Norway presented a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the role of the Royal Marines Reservists, their training regime and their employment background.

“Through conversations with the Reservists themselves and their command, a valuable understanding was gained of the important relationship with employers and the mutual benefit which a positive and supportive relationship can provide for all parties.”