Search is on for new base for ‘drill’ sessions

Demand: Army training is becoming so popular a new training centre is needed in Preston
Demand: Army training is becoming so popular a new training centre is needed in Preston
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A leading training provider is looking for a new base in Preston to cope with demand for it’s military style programme.

East Lancashire-based Training 2000, says its recently re-launched Military Preparation Programme is so popular it needs more premises in the city.

The free 14-week course, which helps 16 to 18-year-olds prepare for life in the armed forces, has backing from the army and attracted 220 young people last year.

The course is delivered by staff with a wealth of military experience and is currently running at Training 2000’s site in Athletic Street, Burnley, and at another site in Radcliffe, in Greater Manchester.

It includes paid travel expenses, one week free residential, physical fitness training, combat clothing and up to five nationally-recognised qualifications.

Alexandra O’Connor, business lead at Training 2000, said: “Our Military Preparation Programme has always been popular and is a great way to engage young people who have their eyes fixed on a career in the armed forces.

“With the military so high on the news agenda, we took steps to re-develop the course to ensure that young people understand the requirements of the selection process and how they need to conduct themselves should they make it into the military, which is a highly demanding environment both mentally and physically.

“We’ve already helped a large number of budding service men and women to achieve the highest selection grades possible and hope to continue to do this as we move forward.”

Lt Col Alan D Jones, deputy commandant, Lancashire Army Cadet Force, added: “Lancashire Army Cadet Force supports the Training 2000 Military Preparation Programme by recommending it to eligible cadets who have expressed an interest in the Armed Forces.”

With several opportunities to enrol throughout the year, young people, or their families, are urged to get in touch.