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A look around Raleigh for Armed Forces hopefuls

20 July 2016
Young people from Plymouth and Cornwall, considering a career in the Armed Forces, have been given a chance to see what the Royal Navy has to offer during a visit to HMS Raleigh.

A group of 54 young people were invited to take a look around the Defence Maritime Logistics School (DMLS), one of a number of specialist schools at the training base in Torpoint, and see the training provided to Chefs, Stewards, Writers and Supply Chain specialists. 

They were given the opportunity to talk to serving members of each branch, ask questions about the role and also try their hand at elements of the training. 

Members of the Royal Navy Reserve were also on hand to talk about their role.

My team and I are delighted that so many young people have taken the opportunity to come here today.

Commander Fi Shepherd RN

The groups included students from Plymouth University, City College Plymouth, Sir John Hunt Community College, also in Plymouth and Sir James Smiths School in Camelford. 

Kane Garside aged 15, from Sir John Hunt, said:  “I’ve come along to see what it’s like in the Royal Navy.

“I’m keeping my options open regarding which branch I will go into.  The logistics branch looks ok. 

“I’ve had family in the Royal Navy; my grandad, my uncle and my great-grandad.  My grandad was actually in the logistics branch. 

“What I like about the Navy is that you get paid for work, while you’re also getting more qualifications and travelling the world. 

“My ambition is to travel to Canada and I’m also interested in the adventurous training and the sport.”

Caitlin Coleman, aged 15, from Sir James Smiths School, has yet to decide which branch of the Armed Forces she will join. 

She said:  “Today has been good particularly doing some practical things and hearing what it’s all about. 

“You never seem to hear a lot about the Navy; it’s always the Army, the Marines and the RAF, so hearing about the Navy is really cool.

“I’m doing a GCSE in catering and I was thinking of going into the Army Catering Corps, but doing catering on a ship sounds a lot different, plus you get to travel.”

Alongside the groups of students from schools and colleges, individuals were invited to join the tour with their parents. 

Terri Burgess, from Launceston, was accompanying her daughter, Tamsin.  For the last three years Tamsin has been interested in joining the Royal Navy as a member of the catering branch. 

Mrs Burgess said:  “Raleigh is a lovely site. I was quite surprised how large it is. 

“I was impressed how everyone walks around the site and interacts with each other.  It’s opened my eyes actually and made me feel happier about her joining. 

“I’ve always supported her, but to come and see the facilities and hear other people, it’s reassuring.”

The DMLS Open Day was a joint initiative between staff at the school and the Royal Navy Careers Service.

Commander Fi Shepherd, Commandant of the DMLS, said:  “My team and I are delighted that so many young people have taken the opportunity to come here today to look around our facilities and, more importantly, to meet our instructors and trainees. 

“Career opportunities are fabulous in the Royal Navy and, with the logistics branch comprising the backbone of the Service, we hope that we’ve imparted the excitement, variety and challenge of being a Chef, Steward, Writer or Supply Chain rating in the senior Service. 

“We’ve also given them a taste of the many wider benefits the Navy has to offer and some things to consider as they make important decisions about their future careers.”

Members of the public will have the chance to visit HMS Raleigh on Wednesday 27 July, when the training establishment in Torpoint, throws the gates open to visitors. 

With a focus on families, the establishment will be open from noon until 5 pm. 

Entry is free.

Further details are available at this link:- https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/events/airshows-and-open-days/160727-raleigh-open-day

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