Learners posted to Coventry HQ to learn about life as an Army Reservist
Army reserves presenting to students

Students at Coventry College were given an insight into the life of an Army Reservist after visiting the organisation’s Coventry HQ for a series of training and education exercises.

More than 30 students taking Uniformed Public Services at Coventry College were given an introduction into the role of the Army Reserves, its entry requirements, and the application and selection process before taking part in a series of activities designed to test their teamwork, planning, and other skills essential in the armed forces.

The visitors then took part in a classroom-based planning exercise, putting their problem-solving skills to use, before participating in an equipment handling session showing how to dismantle a rifle and put it back together.
Learners also participated in a First Aid session with a professional instructor, who taught learners how to apply field dressings and practice CPR on a resuscitation doll and a kit lesson, briefing learners on what kit a military soldier carries, with opportunities to try it on.

To cap the day, visitors were divided into teams to take part in a relay challenge, testing the skills and knowledge they had learnt throughout their visit.

Coventry College student Noah Harris said: “It was an interesting experience and I enjoyed getting a further insight in to what the Army Reserves do on a day-to-day basis.”

Kenneth Macintosh, careers advisor for HM Forces, said: “I have run many of these events in the past and in my many years of doing this I have never met such a group that have given it their all.

“I want to thank the students for their commitment to the day and look forward to working with them and the college in future.”

Lizzie Farquhar, Progress Tutor and Lecturer in Sport and Public Service, said: “We are delighted at the early results of our new partnership with the Army Reserves, as all students who took part found the day both informative and exciting.

“We are always looking to expand our network of employers, and that includes public and civil service organisations. It would be fantastic to build on this link and continue working with the Army Reserves, with another visit already lined up.”