ARMY LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGING SCHOOL LEAVERS TO CHOOSE OFFICER TRAINING OVER UNIVERSITY

A new campaign has been launched by the British Army which aims to attract students who are not planning to go to university to start their career as an Army officer.

Army launches new campaign encouraging school leavers to choose Officer Training over University

A new campaign has been launched by the British Army which aims to attract students who are not planning to go to university to start their career as an Army officer.

Recent studies show that although high numbers of school leavers do choose to go to university, over half said they would skip university if they knew that upon leaving school they could secure the same job and salary.

With A Level results being released across the country this week, the Army could offer an enticing alternative to university with the chance to earn a degree debt-free and gain a graduate salary level of over £31,000. Training as a non-graduate officer will also give students access to leadership and management training.  This new campaign follows the announcement of a  new pilot scheme to offer serving personnel a three day week, with the aim to make a career in the Forces a more appealing prospect.

2Lt Nathan Weaver chose to join the Army rather than go to university, saying:

‘After finishing my A Levels I wanted to get stuck into work straight away, rather than go to university as I was concerned about the considerable costs that this would involve.

“I therefore worked for a couple of companies for a few years, but always had it in my mind that I wanted to become an Officer in the British Army.

“Having passed out from Sandhurst, the Army has now given me the opportunity to study mechanical engineering at university and fully pay for my three-year degree.

“Once graduated, I will join my regiment and study to become a chartered engineer, giving me qualifications that will help me in my Army life and which are fully transferable to civilian life.

“Sandhurst was one of the biggest challenges I have ever undertaken, but also one of the most rewarding.

“I would recommend an Officer career to anyone looking for an exciting job away from the mundane nine to five, wanting to develop unique and lasting bonds of friendship and hoping to belong to a cause that makes a positive difference in the world.”

General Paul Nanson, Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, also spoke about the opportunities offered by the British Army. Nanson joined as a non-graduate and has worked through the ranks up to his current positions.

He said:

‘The Army offers equal opportunity to all. It’s about who you are as much as it is what you know. “Joining as an Army Officer is therefore not only open to graduates; we are also looking for those who want an exciting alternative route to progress their education and skills.

“Leadership development is woven into our many through-life Army Officer career opportunities; not only plenty of early responsibility, but also the chance to gain an accredited Bachelor or Master’s degree whilst gaining a unique leadership experience – lead and learn.”

 

Written by Trinity Insurance

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