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Progressing a career as an Army driver

When he joined 151 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, reservist Pte Gareth Westrip set his sights on driving big trucks and he has got there by working hard and thinking big.

Gareth started his Reserve career as an infantry soldier but then transferred in order to develop his skills further as a driver starting his training with 124 Transport Squadron RLC based at the Army Reserve Centre at Warley Essex.

He said: “Obtaining a driving licence not only started my driving career in the Reserves, I was able to transfer the skills into the workplace where I am now employed as a civilian driver.”

Gareth has recently passed his LGV Cat C licence and is now starting his RLC driver trade training. During this time he will learn how to maintain vehicles, restrain loads and develop cross country driving skills.

Thinking big, Gareth has his sights set on obtaining his LGV Cat C+E licence in order to drive large articulated LGV vehicles.

151 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps is part of 101 Logistic Brigade (The Iron Vipers).  Its role is to provide logistic support to 3 UK Division (The Iron Division) as part of the Army’s reaction force.

The Royal Logistic Corps

Over 4-5 March a team of 12 from 3 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps will pull a 4-tonne VW van as far as they can in 24 hours. The event will take place at Blenheim Palace and will raise money for ABF The Soldiers' Charity and Mind as well as supporting the #ArmyConfidence recruitment campaign.

Please visit their page and support these great causes. #WeAreTheRLC
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RLC Chefs, Cpl Grahame Wickam and LCpl Richie Godden, as part of the Combined Services Culinary Arts Team are going for Gold at the 2020 Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart. The event takes place 14-19 Feb and attracts 2000 civilian and military chefs from across the globe.

At a final practice held at Food Services Wing Worthy Down last week, the team prepared an amazing three course meal for 120 covers. Based on that they have a great chance of a medal. Good luck.
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On 5 Feb the Army’s Apprenticeship Launch took place in support of the National Apprenticeship Week.

The successful nominees for the upcoming Army Apprenticeships Awards were present. The Colonel RLC said how extremely proud he is of the work the soldiers have put into completing their awards and congratulated them on progressing to the Army Apprenticeship Finals on 11 Mar.

The Colonel RLC's aspiration to secure an apprenticeship for all direct entry RLC soldiers, was furthered during the week at a visit to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood to confirm if Mr K Foster, CEO of the Workboat Association and Mr M Ince from the RLC's service provider Pearson would support the aspiration for RLC Mariners to be enrolled on the L2 Workboat Crew Member Apprenticeship. WO1 Styles on behalf the Regiment and staff from 73 Squadron were on hand to ask questions. #WeAreTheRLC Army Jobs
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