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September 30th 2015

‘Look at Army life’ event is a success for local business

More than 40 employees from an Ibstock-based business took part in a military-themed activity event to learn more about life as a Reservist.

M-EC Consulting Development Engineers arranged for its staff to visit Kendrew Barracks in Rutland as part of their annual team-building day to show their support to the Armed Forces.

Private Rosie James serves as a Reservist with 203 Squadron Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) in Loughborough and works full-time for M-EC as a Noise and Air Quality Consultant.  Rosie said: “I’m proud to be an Army Reservist so it is great to show my colleagues what I do outside of the office environment.”

During the event M-EC personnel were split into three teams and each team conducted some basic military activities and were able to get hands-on with equipment including kit used on military exercises and medical supplies.

Each team also learnt how to: construct a shelter; apply camouflage and concealment cream; cook Army rations and apply First-Aid. In addition, they learnt about the use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear personal protective equipment. This was followed by a team challenge in which they had to construct a shelter and evacuate a wounded soldier to a ‘safe zone’.

Rosie continued: “My employer is very supportive of my Army Reserve responsibilities so it is great that M-EC were invited by their local Army Reserve Unit to attend this team building day. There has always been a lot of interest in my Reservist role amongst my colleagues and I think after today a few more of my friends are thinking of joining the Reserves.”

Captain Ben Wing from 203 Squadron RLC was the event organiser.  He explained: “Today’s activities have been designed to give a feel for Military life, build leadership and confidence as well as being good fun.

“We want to engage with our local community and businesses so that they can find out more about 203 Transport Squadron and how being a Reservist could benefit individuals in terms of new skills, fitness and gaining unique experiences.

“M-EC is an advocate for the Armed Forces and we were delighted to be able to organise the event to develop and enhance our relationship and give their staff a taste of Army life. We have had positive feedback from the attendees and look forward to working with M-EC again in the future.”

Eddie Mewies, M-EC’s Managing Director, said:  “We have been actively involved with the Reserve Forces community for a few years and earlier this year, signed the Corporate Covenant to pledge our support and raise awareness of the benefits of employing Reservists.”

“My employer is very supportive of my Army Reserve responsibilities so it is great that M-EC were invited by their local Army Reserve Unit to attend this team building day."