We are Proud of Our Reservists

Posted on May 14, 2021

Following this week’s publication of the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Review 2030, outlining the recommendations for re-defining the reserve’s relationship with society and recognising the need to co-operate and share expertise with industry and education, we wanted to celebrate the veterans and reservists we have at LCG. We can attest to the positive impact strong relationships with the MoD brings and we would like to applaud our fantastic reservists across the business and our veterans at the LCG Uniformed Services Academies.

We are proud to be a Silver Armed Forces Covenant employer which gives veterans and reservists the opportunity to share their knowledge and talent with the next generation every day. They have an important place within our communities as they have a huge impact on the lives of the learners who come through the doors of our academies.

Our brand-new tutor in Bradford, Andrew Ellis, continues to serve as a reservist, as well as Terry Yates and Emma Johnson who head up our Wakefield site. Gareth Bradford and Nick Hyde who teach at our Leeds and Sheffield academies also play an active role within the armed forces.

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We see great success from our Yorkshire academies every year. From the last academic year, 82% of graduates from the Wakefield Academy alone were accepted into the military which is an incredible achievement for both learners and staff. Some graduates are deployed all over the world. Without our reservists at the Yorkshire academies, they may not have seen such success.

Private Langton of the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire regiment, who completed his Level 2 Uniformed Services Diploma at the Leeds Academy has already started an incredible career journey within the Armed Forces. Private Langton’s Battalion are off to do 6 months in Afghanistan and then 2 years in Cyprus after that.

Private Langton said: “The academy staff helped me prepare for my interviews when I was applying to join the Army. They are driven to get all students into the army! The tutors taught me to be headstrong, a big part of being at the academy is learning to be a lot stronger within yourself both physically and mentally, whether that is during drills or fitness.”

Brenda McLeish, CEO of LCG, said: “It is vital that we recognise the role that our reservists play in educating the next generation with their talent and experience. That is why I am so proud that LCG is a Silver Armed Forces Covenant employer. Many of our Purple People across our Yorkshire Academies play an active role within the armed forces whilst dedicating their time to helping young people transform their lives through learning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their commitment to teaching and learning.”

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We currently have a number of vacancies within our Uniformed Services Academies. If you have experience in the armed forces and want to pass on you expertise to the next generation or are driven to recruit learners into our fantastic Uniformed Services academies then we would love to hear from you! Click here to apply

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