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Wakefield College and Army Reserves Join Forces On New Project

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Wakefield College Principal, Sam Wright (R) with Lieutenant Colonel John Clark MBE and Mayor of Wakefield, Councillor Sandra Pickin.

Wakefield College has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers which could see students on specific courses take part in training, learn new skills, and get paid. 

The joint collaboration, believed to be a first in the country, is aimed at 18 year olds that have enrolled onto courses which provide transferable skills to the Army Reserve, including engineering, public services, sport, and construction. Eligible students who complete 40 days of reserve training and attend College could earn over £5000 in their first year and enhance their CV. 

College Principal Sam Wright was joined by Lieutenant Colonel John Clark MBE, Commanding Officer, 23 Engineer Regiment, at the College’s City Campus for the signing of the MoU. Councillor Sandra Pickin, Mayor of WMDC and the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, was also present to lend her support to the new project.

The Mayor was delighted to see the launch of this exciting initiative with Wakefield College and Wakefield’s local Army Reserve unit, 299 Parachute Squadron. She said: “It could really benefit Wakefield College students and open up some great training and career opportunities for them with the Army Reserves.”

The Principal said: “We are delighted to be in partnership with the Armed Forces on this unique project. Our students will have the opportunity to earn qualifications, learn new skills and get paid for attending training which will benefit them both in and out of College.” 

Lt Col John Clark MBE said: “Project College is a great example of a local initiative that will bring real benefits to the Army Reserve and the local community. I hope interested students get in touch.” 

For more information, email, ring Captain Phil Taylor 01904 668332 or visit the Army Reserve Centre, George Street, Wakefield, WF1 1DW from 7pm every Tuesday.


CONTACT: For more information email, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 15 January, 2015

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