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June 18th 2015

Newark Reservist takes part in Reserves Day

A Reservist, who lives in Newark, is set to wear his military uniform in to his civilian workplace next week to raise awareness about the Armed Forces.

Leading Hand Rob Jones, aged 25, is currently serving with HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, and is supporting Reserves Day on Wednesday 24 June, by wearing his naval uniform in to the office.

Employed as a Workforce Trainer with Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC, Rob explained how this is the first time he has taken part in Reserves Day: “My civilian employer has been both supportive and understanding of my military commitments, allowing me extra time out where needed to complete training exercises. By wearing my RNR uniform in to the office I hope to raise awareness about my unit and give my friends, colleagues and workplace visitors the chance to ask any questions they may have about my part-time military career.”

Rob joined HMS Sherwood back in 2006, after making a compromise with his parents. Rob wanted to join the Royal Navy full-time, but his parents wanted him to remain in further education. In order to ‘meet in the middle’ it was decided he would join the Reserve Forces, which as Rob explained has opened up a whole world of opportunities for him.

He continued: “I’ve had the opportunity to see parts of the world I may not have been able to if I wasn’t a Reservist. I have completed two six month tours of the Gulf working on Force Protection Ships; I helped support the security teams at the 2012 London Olympics; completed a contract out in Gibraltar and I am currently looking forward to going out to Cyprus to teach other Reservists.

“I’m really looking forward to taking part in Reserves Day, as I believe there are quite a few cross-overs between my two roles. The RNR has helped me to learn to lead a team and I have learnt how to adapt this in to my everyday working environment, my confidence has grown and I have met lots of new people.

“If you are looking for a new challenge, I would recommend coming along to HMS Sherwood to find out more. As well as making lots of friends I have gained First Aid and management qualifications, and can honestly say I do both something interesting and productive with my spare time.”

Tracy Litherland, Clinical Trainer at CityCare, is Rob’s line manager. She said: “When Rob joined the resources department working with the workforce development team he quickly bought new and exciting plans which he has been able to put into place to enhance the delivery of training in the organisation. Rob’s skills include being calm under pressure, being organised, confident and light hearted – all attributes that have benefited us.  In return we support his work with encouragement to complete his duties and offer paid leave to attend training. It is a pleasure working with Rob and supporting his role in the Reserves, and I am delighted to say that Rob has recently been nominated for a Valuing You Award in the category of Rising Star at CityCare.”

To learn more about HMS Sherwood and find out about their latest recruiting events contact 0115 929 6373 or email navymr-sherwoodsm@mod.uk

"By wearing my RNR uniform in to the office I hope to raise awareness about my unit and give my friends, colleagues and workplace visitors the chance to ask any questions they may have about my part-time military career.”