Students at City of Wolverhampton College are being given the opportunity to train as Army Reserve soldiers on a free summer scheme.

Representatives from 159 Field Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) – a Reserve engineering unit based in Walsall responsible for maintaining a wide range of military equipment – will be visiting the college on Wednesday 3 February to talk to students about the Access to Engineering Summer Challenge that they are running from July to September.

During the 10-12 week full-time programme – for which the students will receive Regular Army rates of pay, as well as training bonuses of up to £2,300 – they will be taught all aspects of military training, develop their physical fitness, learn how to live and work in a field environment and work as part of a team – with those completing the course qualifying as Army Reserve soldiers and REME tradesmen.

Participants will also gain a basic engineering qualification in their chosen trade and those progressing past the military aspect of the course will take their theory test, be taught to drive and take their driving test before progressing to specific trade training.

On completion of the course they will be able to continue to work for the Army Reserves in Walsall on a part-time basis and will also have the opportunity to undertake an army engineering apprenticeship on a nine-month Regular Army attachment through which they will gain an NVQ Level 2 engineering qualification.

Claire Boliver, principal of the college, said: “The Access to Engineering Summer Challenge is an ideal opportunity for students to gain new skills, knowledge and qualifications that will not only help them if they choose to pursue a career in the Army, but will also impress future employers and put them one step ahead of the competition when they are applying for jobs in the wider engineering industry.”

The scheme is open to anyone aged 18 or over on April 1, 2016 – for more information visit or call 07468 700195.

The unit has vacancies for a wide range of military trades including vehicle mechanics, armourers, metalsmiths, technical stores specialists, chefs, HR specialists and combat medical technicians.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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