South Wales Chamber and its members were invited to an exclusive event at Raglan Army Barracks on 7 June 2017. The event began at 5.30 so not to disrupt the working day. There was networking over teas and coffees and talks to see what the MOD can offer in both the army and the navy for reservists.
The event began at 5.30 so not to disrupt the working day. There was networking over teas and coffees and talks to see what the MOD can offer in both the army and the navy for reservists.
Reservists tend to do 19 to 27 days paid training a year depending on their unit. Most of the training can be completed around their day job on evenings and weekends. There is also a two-week training camp every year. You can leave at any time too. As a reservist, you will be taught army skills but also can take part in other vocational training such as Leadership and Management courses. For employers this means you can have reservist staff trained to the highest standard without costs to you. There are huge benefits for the employer and employee so it is worth investigating http://www.army.mod.uk/belong/reserve
After being explained how being a reservist works, we were treated to a tour of Raglan Barracks with its history. The leasehold of the land on which the barracks now stands was given in 1843 by the Morgan family to the Master General of the Ordnance, a post on the Army Board which still exists. The lease is for 999 years and required that the land be used for the construction of a barracks which must them not be left vacant for more than two years. The Baracks was opened in 1845 and occupied by a variety of cavalry and infantry units, changing in accordance with the rather more leisurely dictates of the defence requirements of those time. In World War 1, they were used as an assembly and training camp for recruits. During World War 2, the barracks were occupied by 56 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, until the disbandment of Anti-Aircraft Command in 1954-55. For the foreseeable future, this ancient and historic barracks will go on as it is now, the home of Newport’s reservist soldiers.
After the tour, we were treated to a talks from some of the reservists in action today and the success they have had since starting.
After the talks were concluded there was another chance to network over three delicious curries, complete with poppadoms, Nan bread, onion bhaji and samosa.
This event was completely free exclusive to members of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce. You know with the chamber you are #wellconnected.