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Established in 1998, the Royal Artillery Centre for Personal Development (RACPD) is a thriving and successful provider of apprenticeships and nationally recognised qualifications to the Royal Artillery, other Service personnel and the wider Defence community including veterans and dependants. We offer over 40 civilian vocational and professional qualifications to help improve an individual’s skills and knowledge now, and in preparation for their next career. We cover a wide range of subjects within our courses, from logistics to telecommunications, teacher education, Functional Skills and leadership & management. CEO Introduction Welcome to RACPD and the Royal Artillery apprenticeship scheme. We are looking forward to supporting you on your learning journey starting with a level 2 apprenticeship at the beginning of your career. Your apprenticeship will consist of Functional Skills in maths and English followed by work based learning, in your new role, in your regiment. You will be mentored throughout by an assessor, who may be a civilian who has served Claire Foxley in the Army or by a Green Assessor; someone in Chief Executive uniform in your unit who is helping us to help you. Once you are in the unit you will also meet your RACPD Personal Development Advisor and Learning Centre Manager; both of them will be very happy to help you with any apprenticeship or education queries you may have. Once you have achieved your first apprenticeship we hope you will be inspired to continue your learning throughout your Army career and we will provide you with as many options and opportunities (such as a level 3 or 4 apprenticeship, a teaching or IT qualification) to do that as we can. Good luck to you as you start your apprenticeship, keep focussed and enjoy the experience – we will do our best to make sure it is the best educational experience you have.

ship? W hat is an apprentice It takes lots of different trades to make an Army effective. There are many jobs to choose from and the Army has one of the largest apprenticeship programmes in the UK which enables soldiers to develop in their roles and gain a qualification in a specific trade. The programme is part of a nationally recognised scheme, giving soldiers the chance to gain a qualification ‘on the job’. This means they also finish the programme with valuable skills and experience they can build on during, and after their career in the military. There are three apprenticeship levels: Intermediate/Level 2 Military trade training forms part of this level. You’ll complete a range of functional skills qualifications (including English and maths), and where applicable a technical certificate. By the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll be a skilled Army tradesman, and be rewarded with a BTEC Level 2 Diploma – equivalent to five good GCSE passes. Advanced/Level 3 These apprenticeships apply to the Army's technical trades. You'll gain functional skills and where applicable technical certificates through trade training, as well as a BTEC Level 3 Diploma equivalent to two A-level passes. Higher/Level 4 Many jobs in the Army offer the opportunity to progress to gain professional skills leading to higher qualifications. You can complete a Higher or Degree apprenticeship in trade and this could lead to full Bachelors and Masters Degrees.

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1. Initial Assessment Prior to being inducted onto your chosen apprenticeship you will undergo a series of online assessments to identify your current literacy and numeracy levels. This will allow your Personal Development Advisor (PDA) or Learning Centre Manager (LCM) to identify the academic level you are working at. 2. Induction At induction you will meet your mentor/assessor who will help and guide you through the apprenticeship programme. They will be qualified and competent in the skills you are learning. You will agree deadlines and be introduced to the systems and policies in place to support your learning. The induction will outline the overall requirements of the award and how the units will be achieved. At this point opportunities for assessment will be identified and agreed with your assessor. You will be given your portfolio and there will be paperwork to complete. You will then be given your initial tasks to complete before meeting for your next review in 8 - 12 weeks. 3. Progress Reviews Whilst on programme you will be able to contact your assessor/mentor at any time. During your review this is your opportunity to air your views or grievances and seek help and support with any aspect of the programme or evidence collection requirements.


Your assessor/mentor will also check your progress and set goals to be completed before you meet in 8 - 12 weeks’ time. 4. On/Off the job training Whilst you are on the programme it is highly likely that you will be conducting a military trade course that will be tied to your apprenticeship. This is an opportunity to learn new skills, introduce new ways of working and perhaps prepare you for promotion. The skills you learn in your trade will directly count towards your apprenticeship and will open up opportunities for assessment and collection of evidence before, during and after the training has been conducted. The ‘Main Aim’ of the apprenticeship is achieved while spending time in the workplace doing your job. Your assessor will identify times for observations and assessments agreed with you to achieve the goals you agreed at review meetings. 5. Functional Skills As part of your apprenticeship RACPD has a responsibility to support you to achieve your Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English, maths and in advanced apprenticeships; ICT. This is generally achieved in the Regimental Army Learning Centres (RALC) based in your regiment. You may already hold GCSEs at grade C or above which means that you do not need to study further and can concentrate on the Main Aim and the Technical Certificate (if required).


If you wish to improve your Functional Skills beyond level 2 then you can speak to your PDA who can help direct you to the best sources of information. 6. Assessment Assessments are conducted in a variety of ways; being observed doing your job, answering a series of questions in a workbook, and providing evidence of your competency by witness testimonies and personal statements. The benefit of being able to offer a variety of assessment methods is we can tailor your programme around your work routine and base it on the skills you have acquired both on and off the job. Where at all possible we will work around your day job and achieve assessments in an unobtrusive manner allowing you to just ‘do your job’. 7. The Future On successful completion of your apprenticeship you may have the opportunity to progress onto higher levels. Your PDA is your first port of call and will make sure you have all the necessary information to help you decide on your personal development goals, maximising all opportunities available to you. The skills you have learnt whilst on the apprenticeship will help you in your military career and when you leave the Army. Remember your apprenticeship is widely recognised in industry and this will enable an easier transition into the civilian world workplace.


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Jez Pentecost

Telephone number 01980 845097 or 94322 5890

DGV/Logistics Lead IQA

Andy Ross

01980 845891 or 94322 5891

Telecoms/UAS Programme Manager

Russ Chant

01980 845732 or 94322 5732

Telecoms/UAS Lead IQA

Andy Milner

01980 845312 or 94322 5312


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1 RHA , 19 Regt RA

Nigel Cooper

Telephone number 01980 656573 or 94342 4273


Andy Wilkinson

0191 239 3484 or 94723 3484

4 Regt RA

Stuart Gibson

01845 595230 or 94712 5230

5 Regt RA

Chris Tierney Adrian Taylor

01748 875928 or 94731 5928

Terry Gaunt

01243 388263 or 94295 8263

14 Regt RA

Rob Dawkins

01980 845302 or 94322 5302

26 Regt RA

Shaun Thompson

29 Cdo Regt Mark RA Slaiter

0049 5241 842241 or 94873 2241 01752 236140 or 93784 6140

32 Regt RA, 47 Regt RA

01980 634261 or 94322 2261

7 RHA , The King’s Troop RHA 12 Regt RA, 16 Regt RA

Billy Avery

01206 815547 or 94660 5547


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1 RHA , 19 Regt RA

Dave Hone

Telephone number 01980 650376 or 94342 2376


Geoff Barrass

0191 239 3484 or 94723 3484

4 Regt RA

Lisa Burgess

01845 595230 or 94712 5230

5 Regt RA

Chris Tierney

01748 875961 or 94731 5961


Denise Mark

01206 815393 or 94660 5393

12 Regt RA, 16 Regt RA

Nikki Walters

01243 388298 or 94295 8298

26 Regt RA

Jim Harker

0049 5241 842241 or 94873 2241

29 Cdo Regt Julie Fox RA

01752 236067 or 93784 6067

14 Regt RA, 32 Regt RA, 47 Regt RA

01980 845273 or 94322 5273

Brenda Edwards

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