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Military college is officially open in Frankley

Updated: 10:52 am, May 07, 2015

THE NEW Military Preparation College in Frankley was officially launched in the presence of Armed Forces personnel and VIPS.

Visitors were treated to energetic demonstrations of drill marching, physical training and a team log race at the Balaam Wood Academy last Friday (January 16).

Five students then showed off their public speaking skills in a learner presentation for the guests which included Northfield MP Richard Burden, the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands Paul Sabapathy and the Army’s West Midlands deputy commander Col Richard Maybery.

The specialist college for 16 to 18-year-olds aims to train those interested in pursuing a career in the Armed Forces.

The first class will begin on Monday (January 26) – 15 students have already enrolled on the programme which blends physical fitness training with vocational skills in a unique kind of active learning approach.

The average length of a course is about 20 weeks before students are ready to either apply to the Armed Forces or progress into further education, training or employment.

Huw Lewis, the college’s founder and managing director, said they were delighted to be opening the 16th branch of the Military Preparation College.

“Our aim is to engage, motivate and educate young people to achieve excellence for all.” he added.

“We know there are a lot of young men and women in and around the city who could benefit greatly from our unique course.

“We look forward to helping them achieve their goals.”

Mr Sabapathy said he was absolutely delighted to celebrate the launch.

He added: “Many of the things I’ve learnt in life I have my own military training to thank for.

“I know that with determination anyone can achieve what they want to – this is a great opportunity for young people from the local community.

“I’m certain those who take it will succeed.”

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Dignitaries watch the drills. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0315008MMR3

Pupils go through their drills. 0315008MMR2