Around 150 teenage GCSE learners from across South Wales have taken part in MPCT’s annual challenge throughout the course of this week, in the hope of gaining the coveted ‘Prince of Wales’ title.
The Military Preparation School (MPCT) in Rhymney has played host to a four-day army assault course and skills test for 14-16 year olds from across South Wales.
Around 150 teenage GCSE learners from the region took part in MPCT’s annual challenge throughout the course of this week, in the hope of gaining the coveted ‘Prince of Wales’ title.
The youngsters, from three of MPCT’s Military Preparation Schools in Cardiff, Rhymney and Bridgend, each spent one day participating in the skills competition and tackling the assault course at the Rhymney school, based in the Head of the Valleys Industrial Estate. The event provided a chance for these young people to engage in a competitive, interactive learning experience and showcase their newly-acquired physical skills to other prospective students, as well as instructors and invited attendees.
While Rhymney Military Preparation School was awarded the all-important ‘Prince of Wales’ title at the end of the competition, daily winners, individual awards and team awards were also given out to young students. Throughout the week, Local Authority representatives, head teachers, school governors and key staff from MPCT’s partner schools across South Wales were all in attendance.
MPCT’s Military Preparation Schools are designed to complement the work of local schools, with added emphasis on active learning, physical and vocational training, and the development of transferable life skills. MPCT has established links with 32 schools throughout the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and Rhymney, and learners spend anything from one to five days a week at the specialist training centres.
All the Military Preparation Schools are run by ex-military instructors, giving 14-16 year olds a real insight into possible careers in the Armed Forces or other Public Service roles such as the Fire Service. Many learners end up progressing onto MPCT’s Military Preparation Colleges, which are for 16-18 year olds keen to pursue careers in the Armed Forces.
Phil Jones, Military Preparation Schools Director, comments:
“The Military Preparation School network is committed to engaging young people through active learning, while preparing them for training, further education and employment. Our ‘Prince of Wales’ competition is becoming an annual tradition, and it’s the perfect opportunity for our students to use and showcase all of the skills that they have acquired through their time with us. An active learning approach lends itself very well to real life scenarios, and we help to build valuable planning, organisation, creativity and teamwork skills to prepare our learners for the future.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Military Preparation School can visitwww.mpct.co.uk or call 08442 438438.