The Harrogate Army Apprentice, Our Story” Fred Carslake, ISBN: 9780957087606

Part yearbook, scrapbook, roll of honour and reunion, ‘Our Story’ means that the tale of the Harrogate Army Apprentices will never be lost – and a good thing too. Every page is filled with rich camaraderie and banter and is a genuine and heartfelt piece of nostalgia for a bygone age and a branch of the Army that turned callow inexperienced lads into men ready to serve.

The fun and japes were obviously an important aspect of life to balance the apprentice’s hardworking, no-nonsense existence. It says a great deal about the character of the lads involved that they were able to receive cross-words and kindness equally and unflinchingly.

What also comes across in these pages is the reward of opportunity. The apprentice’s seem to have grabbed it all with both hands and excelled at competitions in football and boxing in particular. Perhaps the strength of the lads’ unity is still on show here. All ranks are heard and clearly sing with one voice.
The book also contains a great gem from Colonel N.A.C Croft DSO, OBE, MA (Commanding Officer 1957 – 60) that could be written into every resettlement guide: “To all Apprentices I say ‘Go flat-out in all you do’ yours is the opportunity of a lifetime and yours is the age to learn.”

Canterbury College in Groundbreaking Scheme Helps ex-Service Personnel

The New Dover Road campus will open its doors to wounded, injured and sick ex-Service personnel in the South East to help with their rehabilitation. They will be given the opportunity to gain qualifications that will make them more attractive to prospective civilian employers.

The scheme will be one of Canterbury College’s first contributions to the recently signed covenant that aims to foster closer relationships between soldiers, their families and the communities in which they live and work.

The idea was first discussed when Lieutenant Colonel Paul Meldon, Commanding Officer of the Personnel Recovery Unit, gave a presentation to College staff in February.

Lt Col Meldon spoke about his unit’s work resettling soldiers in Kent, and discussed the possibility of Canterbury College’s inclusion in its soldier rehabilitation programme. He explained that including Canterbury College’s courses into the Army’s rehabilitation programme would benefit ex-Service personnel by broadening the support systems available to them.

The talk was followed by a discussion that also included members of the Canterbury based 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Unit Careers and Welfare representatives and the Commander of Medical Services for the Kent region.

Canterbury College hopes to begin providing courses for rehabilitating Army personnel in the near future.

The College made history in January this year by becoming the first further education college in the UK to sign an Armed Forces Community Covenant with the commanding officers of the Army regiments based in Canterbury.

Double awards hope for Eos Risk Management

A top maritime security company has been shortlisted for two prestigious business awards.

Eos Risk Management, is a finalist for the International Trade Award in the Sentinel Business Awards and the Queens Awards, which recognise achievements in international trade.

The double nominations are a boost for the company, which is already acknowledged as one of the top 10 global maritime security, consultancy and training firms. Eos is being recognised for its hard work and efforts both overseas and locally and the awards signify the company’s strength and growth.

Director David Johnson, who presented at a UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) meeting last week, said: “We are delighted to be finalists.

“The International Trade Award celebrates the fact that of Eos’s combined annual turnover, over three quarters of our business is overseas. We are proud of our achievements and our international work but also remain committed to the local community. In addition to the awards, it’s an exciting year for us with brand new training facilities being established, new courses planned and gaining increased market share.”

He said Eos was also going for several quality standards and process accreditations this year to run alongside its phenomenal growth.

The Sentinel Business Awards are sponsored by UKTI and the European Regional Development Fund. Winners will be announced on 27 March at Kings Hall in Stoke on Trent.

Winners for the Queens Awards for Enterprise, highly prestigious awards for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development, will be announced on 21 April.

Eos is securing new contracts overseas on a weekly basis and also train more than 800 candidates each year. Founded six years ago to help ex-Military personnel make the transition into the security industry, the company diversified into supplying the services of fully-trained operatives as well.

Their new Vessel Protect Officer course, unique to industry and recently approved by the MoD, is set to see training take-up increase further and overall and they are predicting a 50% increase in business this year.