July 2013

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).

TA taster dayLance 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 Stormer APC.

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.

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