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June 21st 2017

Nottingham College reservist wears uniform to work

Reservist Lloyd Watts teaching students at Nottingham College

Reservist Lloyd Watts teaching students at Nottingham College

There was even more questions for teacher Lloyd Watts from his fascinated pupils than usual today (Wednesday 21 June) as he took part in Reserves Day 2017 by wearing his Army uniform to work.

The 30-year-old who lives just outside Derby teaches Maths and English at Nottingham College’s Clarendon Campus during the day.

Reservist Lloyd Watts with students at Nottingham College

Reservist Lloyd Watts with students at Nottingham College

But he’s also an Army reservist based in Bulwell with C (Kohima) Company, 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment.

To celebrate Reserves Day Lloyd wore his uniform to his day job sparking a host of questions and excitement from pupils.

Lloyd said: “The students certainly find my Reserve Forces background interesting and like to ask questions.

“I sometimes have to explain why I won’t be able to take lessons for a couple of weeks as I’m going to Spain or Uganda with the Army and they joke that I’m just going on a nice holiday.

“I have to explain to them about what we do on these trips and that I get paid by the Army, but it’s great they’re all interested.

“When I’ve taken part in Reserves Day previously it’s always been a bit of a shock for them to see me in uniform but it leads to plenty more questions.

“It is also good for the students, particularly those on the public services course at the college. Reserves Day means they get to see the uniformed services integrated into their daily life right before their eyes. The staff are all really supportive of us, which is really good.”

Lloyd actually got into teaching through the Army. He’s now been in the profession for six years, the last three at the Clarendon Campus.

He continued: “The qualifications I gained through the Army gave me the teaching qualifications I needed for the job.

Reservist Lloyd Watts wearing his uniform to work

Reservist Lloyd Watts wearing his uniform to work

“I was able to build up the experience through the Army courses and this opportunity came up.

“I still wanted to carry on my military career though and that’s why I got involved with C (Kohima) Company. I really enjoy being a reservist and get a lot out of it. Both my careers certainly keep me busy and active.

“Nottingham College have been a fantastic supporter of me. I couldn’t ask for more encouragement to help continue my development as a reservist, as they also understand that my training will benefit them and also their students.”

C (Kohima) Company, 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment train on Tuesday nights in Bulwell. For more information contact 0115 9272251 or email 4MERC-C-PSAO@mod.uk

“The qualifications I gained through the Army gave me the teaching qualifications I needed for the job."