Bury MPP graduates celebrate passing course

February 2, 2016

Over a dozen young people have marked their successful completion of the Training 2000 Military Preparation Programme in a passing out ceremony held at the Castle Armoury in Bury.

The 26 week course is designed to help young men and women kick start their military careers, whilst also generally improving their confidence, fitness and communications skills.

Friends and family watched the presentation of certificates and awards to each young person completing the course, and two graduates spoke about how the Military Preparation Programme has benefitted them both professionally and personally.

Georgina Jones, who also was awarded the trophy for best student in her group, said: “The course really helped with my fitness and the staff really pushed me.

“I learnt how to work as part of a team, with the intense personal training sessions preparing me for what training will be like during phase one military training.”

Adam Burbridge said: “The Training 2000 Military Preparation Programme helps you all round, and doesn’t just prepare you for joining the Armed Forces.”

Cllr Stella Smith, Mayor of Bury Council, said: “I’ve really been impressed to see what the young people have achieved during the military preparation programme, and it has been great to hear about the progress that they have made.”

Steve Whitehead, Director of Education and Skills said: “This is a massive achievement for each and every one of the learners who have completed the course – it has been fantastic to witness their growth in confidence throughout the 26 weeks on the programme.”

“Having Lt Col Cook in attendance for the ceremony goes to show the benefits of the course, and how valued it is by the armed forces, learners and their families alike.”

Lt. Col. Cook said: “Our role at the Army Careers Centre is to assess young candidates eligibility and suitability for the Armed forces and working closely with Training 2000 really helps us do this and to nurture them through the application process. The work Training 2000 does ensures they are well prepared not just to pass selection but increases their chances of passing phase 1 training and beyond.”

If you want to learn more about the Military Preparation Programme, visit the Training 2000 website.

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