Prince’s Trust Team TA Taster day
On the 22nd July, 12 young people from the
Highbury College Team programme travelled to Bligh mount
Territorial Army Centre in Southampton to take part in a TA taster
day with 106 Regiment Royal Artillery (457 Battery).
Lance Bombardier Sharon Carroll, a current Team
Leader with the Highbury College Team 86 and Lance Bombardier
Fraser Clark, organised a taster day in 457 Battery.
457 Battery is an Air Defence unit which operates the High
Velocity Missile system. HVM has been optimised to counter threats
from fast pop-up type strikes by attack helicopters and low flying
aircraft. The system can be shoulder launched or by mounting on the
LML (Lightweight Multiple Launcher) or vehicle borne on the Alvis
The training is designed to prepare the soldiers for operations
and ensure they are familiar with all the different equipment they
will encounter once in theatre. HVM was in operation during last
summer’s Olympics. The taster day was divided into a series of
stands each highlighted the main themes that soldiers would be
trained in. The young people went around the stand in their groups.
The stands included:
- Vehicle maintenance. The opportunity to look to learn how to do
land rover checks and have a look around the other vehicles
- Communications. An opportunity to use and talk on the Personal
Role Radio (PRR) which each soldier uses and using a compass to
navigate around the Centre.
- CADDET Trainer. Using an HVM computer system, the young people
got the opportunity to use a training simulator.
- Command Tasks. An opportunity to get the Team to work on their
leadership skills and team building.
The day was a success and Highbury College Teams hope to
continue this link with the 457 Battery and offer this experience
to future Prince’s Trust Teams.