Newport Military Preparation College (MPC) received a special visit from Major General Rob Magowan CBE Commandant General Royal Marines on Wednesday 18th October.
The visit followed several months of collaboration between MPCT and the Royal Marines looking at how the two organisations can work smarter together to support the progression of Military Preparation College students into the Royal Marines.
The Newport MPC students put on a great demonstration of the skills, discipline and fitness they have developed at College, highlighting their own “Commando spirit” with drill, a log display, Polish PT, student presentations and ice-breakers.
The Head of the Royal Marines, Major General Rob Magowan CBE, was very impressed with what he saw from the students at Newport MPC:
“I personally thought that what I have seen today is absolutely fantastic. The leadership I have seen, the teamwork I have seen and the confidence that young people have got to present in front of senior people here is absolutely fantastic.”
Earlier this month, 31 students from Military Preparation Colleges across the UK attended a “Look at Life course” at the Commando Training Centre (CTC) Lympstone. The Look at Life courses are a great way of gaining some exposure to the Royal Marines and help potential recruits to get a feel for the standards and expectations of life as a Royal Marine.
Micheal Nothnagel, a student from Newport MPC who attended the recent “Look at Life” course with the Royal Marines commented on his experience on the Look at Life course:
“It was difficult but a great insight for me as I am in the application process with the Marines. The Look at Life course taught us how challenging the physical training is to become a Marine.”
It isn’t just the students who have been put through their paces though. 15 members of MPCT’s staff, who are all ex-Royal Marines themselves, spent several days shadowing a Look at Life course, which is a physical and mental test to see if potential recruits have what it takes to successfully complete the full 32 weeks of Commando Training. The opportunity to shadow the course helped MPCT staff to better understand what the Royal Marines do on the courses and will help them better prepare their students who attend a PRMC in the future.
Tom Nicoll, Centre Manager at London MPC was one of the MPCT staff members who shadowed the Look at Life course. Tom was 16 when he passed out with the Royal Marines himself.
“We are designing a programme at the Military Preparation College to support students who want to progress to join the Marines so by seeing the standards and expectations the Marines have we are better able to help our students reach the physical and academic requirements.”
With 7 branches across Wales, and a further 14 in England, the Military Preparation College provides young people aged 16-19 with a unique style of ‘active learning’ that combines physical training with vocational instruction and personal development. The Colleges help young people to progress in to the armed forces, further education and civilian employment.