Kingston Maurward Military Preparation students have been put through their paces with a visit from the Royal Engineers at the Dorchester College Campus.
Corporal Reece Sturgeon and his colleagues gave the students a full briefing about the Engineers, explaining how, within the corps, there are eighteen different trade pathways that recruits can choose from including plumbing, building, electrics, driving and surveying – many of which are artisan trades, and all of which entail further specialised training after the recruitment process.
Corporal Sturgeon said: “It’s important for these students to understand that when we talk about going into the Engineers that recruits are not simply on the frontline; whilst they will be combat engineers, they will also take on a full trade. This gives them much more versatility than some other avenues in the Military.”
After the full briefing, students took part in three group teambuilding tasks in rotation: the Seven Seat Bike Challenge – whereupon three of the seven students are blindfolded and rely upon directions from those not blindfolded; followed by BB gun range, and bridge building.
Military Preparation course tutor, Ryan Evans, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to interact with serving members of the Royal Engineers. Learning about the different trades within the corps has opened the students’ eyes to different specialist jobs available to them and the training has been invaluable to their teambuilding abilities. The visit has also led to the beginnings of a strong relationship with the Royal Engineers which is fantastic for the College.”