|Posted on 22 November, 2018 at 7:15|
A local company which helps to prepare young people for life in the armed forces is celebrating after three of it's students have fast tracked their way in to the Army. Louis Allen, Thomas Ryan and Alex Sydall all started the 6-month training course run by Military Standard Training in August with an initial target date to complete by March.However, after just six weeks, the budding soldiers completed their initial training and gained early entry in to Army Foundation College, Harrogate. All three are now in the Army. Managing Director Andy Emmert explains more: We'd usually expect students to take up to six months to complete our course and so we're extremely proud of all three students for their amazing achievement. It's down to their sheer determination and hard work, along with the unwavering support and dedication of the staff here at MST. Bury-based Military Standard Training was launched to bridge the gap between young people leaving traditional education and starting military training. The company provides a robust, free of charge course lasting up to 26 weeks, to give 16-24 year olds the foundations and basic skills required for life in the forces. Run by Andy Emmett, along with several former senior Armed Forces personnel, the programme offers an alternative route to higher education. It embraces military values and standards and covers a range of units including Military Knowledge, Fitness and Mental Strength and various Qualifications. One of the students, who was initially let down by another training provider and then hit by a series of medical setbacks, is particularly thrilled to finally join up. His proud Mum, Fiona Sydall said: Thanks to the staff at Military Standard Training, my son has finally achieved his dream of joining the army. I really don't think he would be as physically and mentally ready if it hadn't been for the encouragement and support the staff have given him, and I would 100% recommend Military Standard Training to anyone looking to join the forces. Andy Emmett continued: The students who come through our doors often need guidance to push them in the right direction and to channel their energy in a positive way. They arrive as young kids, but complete the course as highly focussed young men and women with a real sense of pride. We are all immensely proud of the three students and their outstanding achievement.