Elements of the Army Reserve are being given the opportunity to conduct some of their military training in Canary Wharf.
The initiative, which is sponsored by Barclays, will enable all Army Reserve Soldiers who have daytime jobs in Canary Wharf to undertake some of their skills-based and theoretical classroom training, as well as basic physical training, using facilities in and around the Canary Wharf Estate.
All weapons training and activity involving sensitive equipment will continue to be conducted at their Army Reserve Centre and there will be no weapons handling or visible display of uniforms on the Canary Wharf Estate.
This additional training option will provide Reserves with flexibility and convenience, reducing the burden of balancing a busy day job with Army Reserve Service. The training will be conducted by Barclays employees who are Reserves within the 4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. However, it will be open to all other Army Reserve Units.
The Commanding Officer of the 4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel James Loudon said:
“4 PARA offer the opportunity to conduct low level professional military training, including fitness where they work. It allows us to bring the training to them and ease their civilian work pressures whilst simultaneously enhancing their military skills. It is a win/win/win for the soldier, the civilian firm and 4 PARA”.
Barclays have been a consistent supporter of Service leavers and the Army Reserve and this initiative will continue to strengthen relations. Through their Armed Forces Transition, Employment and Resettlement (AFTER) programme they have assisted nearly 4,500 veterans in transitioning to civilian employment and hired over 375 ex-military men and women of all services and ranks into a range of roles across the company,
Stuart Tootal, Head of the AFTER programme at Barclays said:
“Reserves not only play a vital role for our nation, the transferrable skill sets and training that they receive also add huge value in the business workplace. This initiative allows us to support our colleagues to fulfil their Reserve Service training commitments at the same time as pursuing their career; not least as journey times to conduct training will be considerably shortened.”
The Army Reserve continues to attract high performing individuals from private industry who wish to bring their skills to the Army. Major General Simon Brooks-Ward, Deputy Commander of the Field Army said:
“I am delighted with this really imaginative solution which supports Reservists who balance busy jobs with their Army training. Whilst it will not replace traditional Reserve Centre based training it brings us another step closer to a really modern flexible Army Reserve.”