Melton soldier champions Army apprenticeship programme

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A Melton soldier has been chosen as an ambassador for the British Army’s apprenticeship programme, to help highlight the fact that the Army runs the largest employer apprenticeship scheme in the UK.

Corporal Charlotte Cox (27) is training for a Level 3 NVQ in work based animal care. As part of National Apprenticeship Week, she was selected to attend a celebratory event at Army headquarters led by the Adjutant General, which brought together apprentices from across the country to showcase each of the 47 apprenticeship programmes the Army runs.

She said: “Before joining the Army I only had my GCSEs - now I’m on an apprenticeship programme where I’m training towards an NVQ.

“My NVQ will be recognised by civilian companies as well so it’s reassuring to know the training I’m receiving is for life, not just for the Army. I’ve also become more confident and disciplined since working on my Army apprenticeship. It’s not just about the hard work though. The Army gives you the opportunity to travel the world and meet some amazing people along the way.

“Being chosen to take part in the Longlook Exchange Programme meant I got to spend four months working with the New Zealand Defence Force – somewhere I’d never have had the opportunity to go if it hadn’t been for my Army apprenticeship.”

The Army offers over 40 different apprenticeship programmes in a wide range of disciplines. As well as gaining civilian qualifications apprentices, who are on full starting pay, have the opportunity to take part in adventurous training, sport and leadership training. And they also have a guaranteed job at the end of it.

Over 5,500 Army apprentices are set to complete their training this year alone and around 20,000 are currently going through the Army’s apprenticeship programmes.

For more information about apprenticeship programmes available within the Army visit www.army.mod.uk/jobs, search Army Apprenticeships or call 0845 600 8080.