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Posted: 23/10/15

Army careers visit college

A team of soldiers took a break from a gruelling triathlon across three counties this week and offered students at West Nottinghamshire College advice about the range of careers in the army.

Public services students (centre) met army personnel before they embarked on the next leg of their fundraising triathlon


The seventeen soldiers began their 60km fundraiser ‘Exercise Brownlee Baton’ – named after the Brownlee brothers triathlon champions – on 12 October in Lincolnshire.

Their mission is to raise funds for fellow wounded servicemen and women through the charity Style for Soldiers, which creates bespoke outfits, jeans and shirts for rehabilitating army personnel.

This week their running, cycling and swimming efforts are taking place across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, visiting local schools and colleges as they go.

On Tuesday (20 October) more than 50 students at West Nottinghamshire College spoke to soldiers about the range of careers available in the army in areas such as combat, engineering, logistics and support, IT and communications, music and ceremonial and HR and finance.

Warrant Officer Two Philip Edwards said: “We wanted our fundraising to have a fitness theme and it’s been great working our way through the three counties. Each day we’ve been going to colleges and schools and finishing at leisure centres for the swimming part of the triathlon.

“We’ve been helping to promote more than 220 different roles in the army - both technical and non-technical – and want to raise awareness amongst young people of the many opportunities.”

Public services student Ryan Stringfellow, 17, said: “I’m considering a career in the armed services so it’s great to see the army here today to promote the range of careers available.  I believe that a career in the army or RAF offers lots of opportunities and a better lifestyle.”