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February 1st 2017

Students learn more about being a Royal Naval Reservist

Inside a Royal Naval Reserve lifeboat

Inside a Royal Naval Reserve lifeboat

More than 30 students from Chesterfield visited the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit this week to learn more about life as a reservist.

The pupils from Chesterfield College, who are each studying a Uniformed Public Service Course, took part in a varied programme of activities alongside HMS Sherwood at Foresters House in Chilwell, Nottingham, on 31 January.

The programme included the pupils, who are all aged between 16 and 19 years, listening to a presentation about how the RNR work alongside their regular counterparts on operations, and practical demonstrations of the types of skills reservists can develop during sea survival, weapon handling and First Aid training.

Chesterfield College students learning about life in the Royal Naval Reserves

Chesterfield College students learning about life in the Royal Naval Reserves

Petty Officer Derek Parsons, from HMS Sherwood, organised the event. He said: “Each of the students were enthusiastic to learn more about the RNR and the types of specialisms we can undertake. The activity day was made up of a range of demonstrations including weapon handling, First Aid, and life-saving and firefighting equipment used in training and on operational warships. The event was a success, with many of the students learning about the Reserve Forces and our role for the first time.”

Learning survival techniques

Learning survival techniques

Speaking at the event, Adam Godber, Career Pathway Leader for Public Services at Chesterfield College, said: “We’ve got students looking into careers in a range of public services such as joining the police or the military, so today’s event provided a great insight into the different roles available in the RNR. Some of our students may not have attended anything like this before. We have been very impressed by the reservists’ knowledge in different specialisms.”

Feedback from students at the event:

Mitchell Wardell, aged 17, said: “I thought the event would be a great opportunity for me to broaden my horizons. I wanted to look into joining the reserves as I cannot guarantee a full-time career in the military. I enjoyed learning about the Navy and seeing the different stands on offer.”

Christian Cowley, aged 18, said: “I’ve never looked into being a reservist before. I’ve always wanted a career in the public services, so if I don’t decide to join the RAF full-time I’d may be consider joining the reserves.”

HMS Sherwood are recruiting in the East Midlands. To find out more contact 07818017825 or email navymr-sherwoodsm@mod.uk

Members of the public are also being encouraged to attend recruiting events being held at HMS Sherwood in Chilwell, Nottingham, on the below dates. To book a place to attend please use the above contact details.

–          Recruiting Event, including a presentation about the RNR, 14 March from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

–          RNR Live Event, a hands on event where attendees get to see RNR kit used on operations, 2 May 2017 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

A full gallery of pictures from the event is available here.

“We’ve got students looking into careers in a range of public services such as joining the police or the military, so today’s event provided a great insight into the different roles available in the RNR. Some of our students may not have attended anything like this before. We have been very impressed by the reservists’ knowledge in different specialisms.”