Monday 30th March 2015

Employers from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, and Leicestershire attended a guided tour at one of the Army Reserve’s training facilities in Nottingham.

More than 50 employers from the East Midlands visited Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham in mid March to tour the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC) and find out more about how the training Reservists receive could potentially benefit their businesses.

During the event, that was organised by SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers), visitors had the opportunity to see medical facilities; weapons, kit and equipment; counter improvised explosive devices; also to have practical experience on an electronic simulated rifle range and a vehicle crash simulator.

East Midlands Regional SaBRE Director John Wilson organised the event. He said: “We were delighted with the response from employers about this event. This was a rare opportunity to visit the MTMC, to have the chance to speak with Reservists face-to-face and have a go at activities such as the electronic simulated rifle range crash simulator. The event was a success with positive feedback from many of those who joined us on the day.

“The training a Reservist receives would cost an employer thousands of pounds a year to provide, but they can take advantage of this for free. Team working, leadership, improved confidence and the ability to work under pressure are all desirable skills and attributes that could be beneficial to a Reservist’s employer in the workplace.”

At this event, Rebecca Gee, Sales Advisor at Stage Systems based in Loughborough, was presented with a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver award for demonstrating support to Reservist employees. Rebecca said: “I have found today both eye-opening and informative. It has given me a greater understanding of what being a Reservist is all about. We are really proud to have received the award and it will have pride of place at the front of our office.”

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