Hartpury students sharpen their skills under Sapper supervision on 'REME' activity day!

Uniformed Public Services

Hartpury's Uniformed Public Services students took command of their futures as they were put through their paces by a battalion that's a key cog in the machinery of the military.

The 105 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) led a personal development activity workshop for the students, giving them a deeper insight into the work they do.

The highlight of the day saw the students split into teams to work with a REME Officer, giving them the unique opportunity to work with a “Sapper” on a command and control exercise in the classroom.

They also took part in a range of team building and command tasks, which involved them completing a variety of mentally and physically challenging activities, and they listened to a careers presentation from Sergeant Andy Coleman from the Gloucester Army Careers Centre.

Brendan Ward, Uniformed Public Services lecturer at Hartpury, said: "The 105 Battalion (REME) is the Army’s only Reserve maintenance battalion operating in south west England and south Wales. They are multi-skilled soldiers and combat engineers that play a vital role in the army and they are actively recruiting in the region.

"The aim of the day was to develop leadership, teamwork, confidence and communication skills but also to learn more about the career opportunities available in the army - a career path many of our students are interested in.

"The activity day was a great opportunity for students to speak to soldiers and officers about the role they perform and get a feel for what it's like to be a Royal Engineer. It was an invaluable experience and great for the personal development of all of the students, not just those who are aiming for a future in the military."

For those interested in a career in the military, the police, fire and rescue, ambulance or other public services, Hartpury College offers a range of qualifications that could provide the perfect preparation. To find out more, go to www.hartpury.ac.uk

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