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.

Simon Weston Speaks with Civvy Street About the Upcoming Thirtieth Anniversary of the Start of the Falklands Conflict.

It’s now 30 years since the Falklands Conflict started. Do you try to forget what happened or do you try to keep it in your memory?

In all honesty, I don’t. It’s a case of ‘it happened’: it’s like a lot of things. It’s not what happens it’s what you do about it that counts. If you dwell on the past and if you dwell in the worst part of your life then that’s all you ever do: go back to the worst part of your life. That’s how depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder takes hold.

There’s an awful lot of accepting that things happen. The Americans sum it up in a simple little adage: ‘shit happens’. It’s blunt; it seems coarse but it encapsulates it all. It’s the way you’ve got to look at it. If something bad happens, it happens; don’t dwell on it forever, and that’s the way I look at it really. It was a terrible, terrible moment of my life but I don’t dwell on it. I don’t spend my whole time thinking ‘oh my goodness, why did this happen to me’? Why shouldn’t it happen to me? What makes me so special that it shouldn’t happen? There are accidents and incidents in life. You’re born with what you’re born with. For instance, you know that I was born with the God-given grace of being Welsh. It could have been so much worse: I could have been born English!
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Forces Recruitment Services, the UK’s leading and longest established specialist ex-Military recruiter has placed its 1,000th candidate into permanent employment.

FRS Managing Director, Graham Brown, said “We are delighted to reach this milestone  -especially as many recruitment consultancies have struggled in the recent economic climate”. Brown went on to say “it is the perfect way to round off  our 10th anniversary celebrations – which will also see the opening of further new offices and a new website too meet the needs of both clients and candidates as the most recent round of Military job-shedding starts to impact “.

The Cambridgeshire based Forces Recruitment Services network has bucked the trend – opening 10 new offices during  2011 to build a network of 24 U.K. wide locations with a further eight planned for 2012.

The 1,000th placement was made by Central London Regional Director, Jeff Prince, who sourced Neil Viveash, an Ex-Royal Engineers Staff Sergeant into a role as Group Facilities Manager for a Serviced Office Group client.

Starting his new career Neil  thanked Jeff, and all at Forces Recruitment Services, commenting that   ”the professionalism and understanding extended to me made me feel that he truly understood not only the job but also my needs – and worries – as an ex-Serviceman”  -  testament to the dedication of Forces Recruitment Services commitment as THE Recruiter of choice for ex forces personnel.

The placement came as part of a recruitment drive instigated to help and support ex-Servicemen and women through the MoD’s current redundancy phase – 4,200 job cuts in a second round of Armed Forces redundancies as part of the strategic defence and security review.

Forces Recruitment Services’ Director of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Alan Cawthorne, added: ” The long term commitment and investment of both ourselves and our network of franchised regional directors not only bucks the doom and gloom post- banking crisis trend for our own businesses but also demonstrates that commercial employers are increasingly waking up to the pool of transferrable ex-Military talent we have on tap”.



teams from some of the country’s leading employers are set to battle it out to become the ‘apprentice team of year’ in a new two-month challenge launched at Dorney Lake yesterday.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge will pit eight teams of apprentices against each other in a range of challenges designed to test young people’s business acumen, team work and even physical endurance. Continue reading

Free BFRS Event Helps Armed Forces Leavers Make Transition to Life on Civvy Street

On 29th March 2012, the British Forces Resettlement Services, known as BFRS, will hold their fifth Career Transition Event in Catterick. The second round of redundancies announced by the Ministry of Defence will result in 4,200 job cuts as a result of the 2010 government Strategic Defence and Security Review. This event is being held to help service leavers and those who will be leaving imminently find a new career on Civvy Street.

Jo Pickard, BFRS Events Manager, comments: “The event gives Service leavers a head-start in making the transition back to civilian life. BFRS aims to help those connected to the Forces understand their options, identify their skills and make themselves as attractive as possible for their next steps into civilian life.”

With National Grid as the event’s corporate sponsor the event is being supported by Hambleton and Richmondshire District Council. Local MP, Julian Smith has confirmed his attendance, and with the Northern Echo and BFBS Radio as media partners, it is anticipated that the event will be the most successful to date. Exhibitors include Civvy Street (Royal British Legion); Automatic Weapons Establishment, Makro, the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Pitman Training Group.

Additionally, the event includes free workshops on thinking of starting your own business, and what employers are looking for. There is also practical CV writing support. There will be training providers, recruitment firms, franchise opportunities, service providers and specialist advisers available at the event.

BFRS founder Harry Dean says: “Ex-Forces personnel possess a unique combination of highly developed skills and qualities. They go on to develop successful second careers, proving in the process to be tremendous assets to the organisations they join. However, the actual transition process from military to civilian life can be daunting. We are totally committed to ensuring that this transition process is effective, which is why we are investing in reaching Service leavers in a number of ways”.

Full details of the event and workshops are available at