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The Royal Logistic Corps has won three awards at this year’s Army Apprenticeship Awards which seek to recognise and acknowledge the best apprentices from across the whole of the British Army.

As the UK’s largest employer provider of apprenticeships, the Army has more than 14,000 people on an apprenticeship programme at any one time, with over 6,000 soldiers completing an apprenticeship each year.

The programme has been designed to ensure that the majority of soldiers can gain an apprenticeship that is aligned to their trade and is commonly offered at the start of their career; opening the door to many qualifications to further their career opportunities.

The RLC believes that an apprenticeship is the first building block in a soldier’s ‘Through Life Development’. Apprenticeships recognise and accredit military trade training and the first year in the Armed Forces with an industry-based civilian qualification.

Working in close partnership with the service provider Pearson TQ, the Corps has created a unique, blended learning experience where all direct entry RLC Soldiers are able to complete a trade relevant apprenticeship and functional skills training. At any one time, there are usually around 1,400 RLC soldiers engaged on an apprenticeship, gathering evidence in barracks or deployed on operations.

This year’s ceremony took place at the Officers’ Mess, Government House, Aldershot on Tuesday 7 September 2021. During the event, The RLC was awarded the Employer of the Year Award, presented to the Colonel RLC, Colonel Jon West ADC RLC who was extremely proud of the achievement.

The Corps Colonel commented: “This award would not have been won without the hard work that has been put into transforming the RLC Apprentice programme into what it is today; a programme that is learner-focussed whilst meeting the Corps aspiration to professionalise its soldiers. I pass on my thanks to the whole team for the unwavering support, we would not have secured this recognition without it.”

Major Jay Goodchild RLC was also pleased to receive the Special Recognition Award for his outstanding support to developing the RLC Apprentice Programme. Lt Col Ruth Littlejohns, SO1 Army Apprenticeships, described his contribution as ‘invaluable’.

A further success came from LCpl Graham (3 Medical Regiment (RLC Communications Specialist)) who was the runner up for the Level 3 Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award.

Though not the overall winners of their categories, three more dedicated RLC soldiers made the final round. Cpl Otchere (13 Air Assault Support Regiment) was nominated for the Apprentice Champion Award, LCpl Williams (17 Port and Maritime Regiment) the Level 3 Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award and Pte Williams (13 Air Assault Support Regiment) the Level 2 Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award; all fantastic achievements and well-deserved by these inspirational soldiers.

Congratulations to all of the award winners, runners up and nominees who through the apprenticeship scheme are helping to provide a vital pathway to help the Corps maintain its reputation for operational success.

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Over the weekend, 154 Scottish Regiment RLC hosted Exercise MUDMASTER, the annual off-road driver training challenge that tests drivers’ skills and precision behind the wheel of different vehicles. The event, which took place in Dunfermline, Stirling and Linlithgow in Scotland, aims to develop the safe driving skills of the Corps’ soldiers with conditions that are designed to test their capabilities to the fullest. More than 100 teams entered, with both regular, reserve and civilian personnel taking part in challenges including navigation, observation, discipline and safety; all essential skills needed for deploying on future operations. #BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #WeAreTheRLC ... See MoreSee Less
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RLC personnel from BATUK have been helping to make donations of food and books to Hope and Homes Recreation Centre, a local orphanage home to 56 children in Kenya. Hope and Homes first became a registered recreation centre in 2011 by Suzanne Wangiru. Suzanne created the centre in order to rehabilitate street children, as well as orphans and young girls that have been rescued form early marriages. Cpl Shannon Stevens who is currently on detachment from 13AASR, commented on her experience visiting this fundamental centre: “When we entered the Centre, we were taken by surprise as there were more children than we had imagined there would be. We helped to distribute food, drawing books and reading books and the children were ecstatic. It was a surreal experience at Hope and Homes, full of differing emotions, but it was definitely a great opportunity for the members of CSS 2nd Line to engage with the community creating a better working relationship with BATUK.”Major R Crane MBE RLC, SO2 CSS BATUK commented: “Witnessing the delight on the kids’ faces when they received the books and clothes that had been donated by friends and families across UK was very humbling. There are so many children in need and every little helps.” #BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #WeAreTheRLC ... See MoreSee Less