Opening of the Military Readiness Academy in Darlington

A SPECIALIZED academy to prepare young people for a career in the armed forces has opened in Darlington.

The Military Readiness Academy is a funded course for young people aged 16-19 who wish to join the Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force.

The specialist facility, based at the Neasham Road Army Reserve Center in Darlington, is run by a company called Seetec and was opened by town MP Peter Gibson.

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He said: ‘It was great to visit the new Military Readiness Academy on Neasham Road. This new service will be invaluable in helping to prepare the next generation of armed forces personnel, giving local youth the training and support they need to kick-start their careers.

“The British armed forces take part in combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions around the world, defending the country and promoting our interests.

“A career in the armed forces can be incredibly varied, challenging and very rewarding, and I encourage young people considering such a move to learn more about this local service.”

Young people who sign up for the course will have access to a working military base, use of its gym and specialist equipment.

The course will include training and support for armed forces personnel to equip young people with the most valuable knowledge, skills and disciplines needed to prepare them for the armed forces recruitment and selection process.

The academy offers accredited Level 2 preparation for the army, with a varied curriculum including British Army values ​​and standards, physical training, field craft, weapons handling and research on professional roles available in the armed forces.

The five-month course also focuses on CV writing support, interview techniques and functional English and math skills to ensure recruits are fully prepared and confident about the selection process ahead. .

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Boran Stratham, from Thirsk, who studies at Darlington academy, said he was enjoying his time in training. He added: “It’s great to be on a working military site and I really enjoy being a part of something like this. I gained confidence and improved my skills and knowledge of the military.

The facility is run by Seetec Outsource, which has three academies in the North East and Yorkshire, including York and Middlesbrough, and plans to open more this year.

Suki Binning, Executive Director of Justice, Social Care and Skills at Seetec, said: “There is already a demand for this training, and we hope to encourage more people to take the course and embark on a military career. .

“The academy will train young people in all the essential skills required to join the armed forces, giving them a good start in their military careers.”

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