Sheffield soldier is the new face of army apprenticeships

Private Martin Shipston from Sheffield

Private Martin Shipston from Sheffield

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A Sheffield soldier has been chosen as an ambassador for the Army’s apprenticeship programme.

Martin Shipston, aged 30, is studying for an NVQ in telecommunications.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, he was selected to attend a celebratory event at British Army Headquarters, in Andover, Hampshire, led by the Adjutant General, Lieutenant-General Sir Gerald Berragan.

The event brought together apprentices from across the country to showcase the 47 apprenticeship programmes the Army runs.

Private Shipston said: “Before joining the Army I only had GCSEs – now I am on an apprenticeship programme where I am training towards an NVQ.

“My NVQ will be recognised by civilian companies, so it’s reassuring to know the training I’m receiving is for life, not just for the Army.

“I’ve also become more confident and disciplined since working on my Army apprenticeship.

“It’s not just about the hard work though. The Army gives you the opportunity to travel the world and meet some amazing people along the way.

“Completing a tour of Afghanistan was one of the proudest moments of my life, and something I’d never have got the chance to do if it hadn’t been for the Army.”

The British Army has more than 40 different apprenticeship schemes including catering, IT, bricklaying, logistics, construction, engineering and animal care.

More than 100 Army recruitment events are taking place this month, to give people who might be interested in joining as an apprentice the chance to find out more.