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National award recognition for trainee soldier from Holyhead

North Wales Training is celebrating the success of its Military Awareness Course as one hundred of its learners have secured applications or careers with the Armed Forces. Specifically designed to help young people develop the skills and confidence they need to apply to the Armed Forces, the programme runs from North Wales Training’s centre at Kinmel Camp, Bodelwyddan.

Martin Craven from North Wales Training comments: “This is a great way to help young people prepare for the discipline and structure of a life in the Armed Forces. Some of the participants on the programme have challenging and chaotic lives, and many have struggled at school. With the help of this programme, some 100 young people now have exciting military careers ahead of them. “Last year around 90% of the learners completing our traineeship, the Military Awareness Course, have gone on to join the Army – and for the most recent cohort, 100% of our learners were successful with their applications. We’re proud of this record, and encourage any school leavers considering a career in the Armed Services to give us a try.”

Once recent learner is Owen Roberts from Holyhead who received the Young Adult Award at the Learning & Work Institute’s Inspire Awards ceremony in Cardiff Bay earlier in June. Recently accepted into the Welsh Guards, Owen, 17, struggled at school and his early years had an impact on his self-esteem. Owen identified the North Wales Training programme as the route to pursuing a career in the army. Every day for nine months he got up at 6.15am to make the journey to Kinmel Camp, returning each day after 6pm.

Owen says: “The course helped me to get fit and build up my stamina, and I learned a lot of skills that would help me in the Army. “I became much more confident so I applied to the Army and was asked to go to selection – and I passed first time.”

Since completing his traineeship with North Wales Training, Owen has started at the Military Foundation College at Harrogate. He’s been accepted into the Welsh Guards and will be based at Combermere Barracks near Windsor Castle when the regiment moves to the barracks this year.

Martin comments: “We’re delighted Owen has been recognised for his achievements, and that we’ve helped him pursue his dreams of a career in the Army. When he first came to us he was very shy and lacked confidence, and now he’s facing the potential of involvement in ceremonial events and parades. “The team watched how his confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline developed over time. He was in the top four learners on his course, passing a BTEC Award in Work Skills.”

North Wales Training accepts applications for the Military Awareness Course at Kinmel Camp throughout the year. Combining physical fitness, interview skills, career planning, team work and confidence building, with basic military skills, the courses prepare participants for applications to and careers in the Armed Forces.

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