Preston soldier is the new face of army apprenticeships

NEW ROLE: Lance Corporal Dominic Lesley
NEW ROLE: Lance Corporal Dominic Lesley
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Preston soldier Dominic Lesley is the new face of British Army apprenticeships.

Lance Corporal Lesley was chosen as an ambassador for the service’s apprenticeship programme to help highlight the fact that the Army runs the largest employer apprenticeship scheme in the UK.

The Army provides world-class training in a range of exciting roles, whether you have ambitions to be a chef, an engineer, a mechanic, a welder or a IT Specialist.

Brigadier John Ogden

The 26-year-old is training for a Diploma in Telecommunications. And as part of National Apprenticeship Week he was selected to attend a celebratory event at Army headquarters which brought together young soldiers from across the country to showcase each of the 47 apprenticeship programmes the Army runs.

LCpl Lesley 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 so it’s reassuring to know the training I’m receiving is for life, not just for the Army.

“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.”

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

Brigadier John Ogden, director of operations for the Army Recruiting Group, said: “The Army provides world-class training in a range of exciting roles, whether you have ambitions to be a chef, an engineer, a mechanic, a welder or a IT Specialist. Our apprentices get unrivalled opportunities to travel the world, take part in adventurous training and earn a good wage.”