Skip to main content

Army Sergeant Major visits Tank Transporters

On Tuesday 15 March, the senior soldier in the British Army, Army Sergeant Major, WO1 Glenn Haughton visited soldiers on Salisbury Plain who are involved in four of the Army’s many Apprenticeship programmes being conducted by the Royal Logistic Corps, Royal Military Police, the Intelligence Corps, and the Royal Corps of Signals.

Almost all of the 12 RLC soldier direct entry trades have apprenticeships and the RLC, in conjunction with Pearson TQ, is leading the way in professional qualifications obtained during career development. WO1 Haughton spent time with RLC Tank Transporters and learnt how to winch on a tank hulk under the guidance of a qualified Driver Tank Transporter Operator who is also doing an NVQ.

WO1 Haughton said: “It was a pleasure to visit soldiers today who are enrolled on four of the Army’s many apprenticeship schemes. As someone who joined the Army with very few qualifications I am really impressed by the range of opportunities now available to our soldiers and am taking a keen interest in new developments for soldiers’ education. In addition to developing their professional and educational capabilities – critical for meeting the complex challenges we face today – initiatives like the Army Apprenticeship Programme give soldiers valuable civilian qualifications and help to maximise talent. These things help us attract new recruits into the Army and, I hope, to ensure that serving soldiers remain keen to stay”.

The Army has the largest apprenticeship programme in the country, with about 95% of new soldiers taking part, and around 8,000 completing their apprenticeship training each year. Army apprenticeships are part of a nationally recognised scheme, giving soldiers the chance to work for an employer at the same time as studying for a relevant, work-based qualification. Earlier this year the Army attended a reception at No 10 Downing Street, in recognition that the 80,000th apprentice had signed up to a course.

The Army offers a viable alternative to Higher Education and Further Education (HE/FE) and provides apprenticeships at various levels which allow you to work and get paid to learn and train. Each apprenticeship fits in with military training and is closely related to a soldier’s Army role, so as well as becoming a better soldier; they are working towards a qualification that will be valued by civilian employers.

An Army Apprenticeship is only the start. There are opportunities to progress to higher level qualifications. Apprenticeships and subsequent opportunities to gain further recognised civilian qualifications through career training and elective learning build the potential for a long and fulfilling Service career, and an exceptional second career once our people leave the Armed Forces. The Army is investing and equipping our people for a life beyond Service.

Click here to find out more about Army apprenticeships

 

The Royal Logistic Corps

The Royal Logistic Corps

#BritishArmyLogistics working together with our #Nato allies to fulfil the tenets of our strategy: World class. Innovative. Adaptable. 16th Sustainment Brigade HQ 104 Logistic Support Brigade ... See MoreSee Less
Exercise SEAHORSE INCREMENTUM is an Armoured Vehicle (AV) technical trade exercise for The Royal Logistic Corps’ Vehicle Support Specialist (VSS) trade. The aim of the exercise is to ensure that personnel in the trade remain compliant with Armoured Vehicle Standing Orders and that all personnel can operate AVs safely within the supply chain. Planned by 17 Regiment RLC on Salisbury Plain Training Area, the four-week exercise brings the VSS trade together to train on a variety of platforms from Challenger 2 to Panther. As the only trade group that operates all AVs outside of the Armoured Corps, VSS are key to delivering a vital logistic effect to its teeth arms, enabling essential logistic capability. The trade is able to receipt, store, manage, issue and move AVs through the supply chain safely, professionally and in a timely manner.The exercise was achievable with support from the Field Army unit DMIs, platforms from across the Iron Division and Team Rhino and Real-Life Support from 104 Logistic Support Brigade.17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood HQ 104 Logistic Support Brigade ... See MoreSee Less