News & Events

News & Events / MPCT Learners pass out at Royal Marine Commando Training Centre

MPCT Learners pass out at Royal Marine Commando Training Centre

On Friday 1st of February, not one but two of our ex-Learners received their green berets at the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre in Lympstone.

Kurt Smith of Military Preparation Portsmouth and Brandon Ingram of Military Preparation Birmingham passed out and were inspected by Ray Mears, with their families and MPCT Instructors in the audience also.

Also in the audience was our newly appointed Royal Marines Liason Officer, Si Richardson, a former Major and final appointment as 2IC of the Corps Colonel Dept at CTCRM. MPCT’s engagement with the Royal Marines is ever increasing and our Learners are highly thought of at Lympstone. Colonel Mike Tanner OBE in a short interview on the day commented;

How does MPCT impacts on the RM recruitment process?

MPCT have c2000 Learners on the programme at any one time; the vast majority of which have an aspiration to join the Armed Forces. With little intervention, in the last 12 months, MPCT have put 31 of these learners into RM Ph1 Trg (the highest single cap badge of all 3 Services). With a collaborative approach, which is being rolled out as we speak, the Corps Colonel is targeting MPCT Colleges with VT Team visits, MtM (-) events and Mobile RMAD. These interventions, has the effect of motivating and inspiring that cohort to consider a career in the RM – with contact time with a green beret being the most important factor in this process. As the college footprint grows, the aspiration (as stated to CGRM by the MD) is to push 5 Learners per college per year into Ph1 Trg – c135. That would be success.

How does MPCT prepare the Learners to undertake selection at CTCRM?

In addition to the above, MPCT have adopted the RM physical standards as their standard; in that, all exercises are done to the beep and at RM standards (implemented post a visit to CTCRM in 2018). They teach IMF as the way to deliver PT and prepares them for what lies ahead. The DoCC has recently increased MPCT allocation of L@L courses – currently 4 (aspiration to ride to 6) per TY. They also have an All Arms Combat Section (RM & Para aspirants ) with a focus being placed upon them and help and guidance is available from the MPCT liaison officer (Maj Si Richardson (retd)) is always on hand to ensure they are prepared and up to date with all matters RM. The 32 MPCT Learners who are either in the process or have expressed an interest come to CTCRM are pushed slightly harder than the average L@L Cse that arrives – this is because of the standard of their preparedness. Whilst here the Learners undertake the Recruiting Test and the 1.5 mile run and, if successful (the vast majority are) the results are forwarded to their respective AFCO in a bid to shorten their ‘inflight’ time. Just as important as the physical preparation is the mental preparation that occurs whilst learners are at MPCT. The college has a strong ethos and fosters an approach and mindset that is similar to that required both on selection and on into recruit training. On average this means the ‘shock of capture’ on PRMC is much reduce which leads to candidates, on average, performing better.

We are very proud of the standards our Learners display, and are hugely encouraged by the ever-growing relationship with the Royal Marines. Congratulations to our ex-Learners Mr Ingram and Mr Smith!

Back to news articles

MPCT visits RAF Cosford.

On the 23rd of November MPC Birmingham and MPC Walsall were invited to visit RAF Cosford organised by Flight Lieutenant Katie Sheppick. This was the first opportunity to visit an RAF location in a very long time. Learners were shown all the fantastic opportunities available to them when choosing a career in the RAF. The...

Read more

MPCT becomes part of Learning Curve Group

We’re delighted to announce that from today, we become part of Learning Curve Group. National training provider continues impressive growth with acquisition of MPCT National training provider Learning Curve Group (LCG) is delighted to announce the acquisition of Cardiff-based Motivational Preparation College for Training (MPCT), in a move which will complement its existing academy provision....

Read more

MPCT Cardiff’s New Location Launch Event

On Tuesday the 12th of October we held an event to celebrate MPCT Cardiff’s move to their new facility at Cardiff & Vale College’s One Canal Parade. It has already been providing our Learners with a range of benefits including state of the art spaces in which to complete their fitness and vocational training –...

Read more

CEO UPDATE – Latest Response to Living with Coronavirus

Please click here to read MPCT’s GDPR Statement on NHS Test & Trace Protocols. Dear Parents/Carers, I believe it is essential to keep you up-to-date on MPCT’s progress, and how we continue to manage the ongoing challenges during the Covid-19 Pandemic. MPCT has endeavoured to maintain face to face delivery for as long as possible,...

Read more

New, Initiative To Create Young Leaders…

A new, nationwide scheme has been announced to give school children in England and Wales the skills and resilience they need to become healthier in body and mind. MPCT Young Leaders is the brainchild of education provider Motivation Preparation College for Training. Its 35 Military Preparation Colleges across England and Wales use military and progressive...

Read more

MPCT wins Welsh Veterans’ “Employer of the year award”

We are delighted to share the wonderful news that on the 9th September 2021 it was announced that MPCT won “Employer of the Year” at the Welsh Veteran’s Awards. Employing veterans has been key to the success of MPCT, they are familiar with military style training and have high standards and values that are deep...

Read more