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Bury-based Military Standard Training has secured a £200k investment which will be ploughed directly back in to the local community, through the provision of training programmes to help young people prepare for life in the armed forces and the unemployed back in to work.

The investment came after a local business had seen the great work that the organisation was carrying out and wanted to open up opportunities for even more young people in the area.

The cash injection will enable MST to expand both its premises and the number of young people it can support through the development of an approximate 5,500 sqft training centre in Bury. From the new centre, the team will deliver an alternative provision for young people who have left mainstream education via a unique course aimed at increasing their prospects of joining the armed forces and preparing them for life in the military.


Furthermore, the centre will be unveiling a series of brand new programmes aimed at helping the unemployed back in to work through courses including security, construction and rail. All courses will be delivered by forces veterans.


Military Standard Training was launched in 2016 year to bridge the gap between young people leaving traditional education and starting military training. It provides a robust, free of charge course lasting up to 26 weeks, to give 16-24 year olds the foundations and basic skills required for life in the forces. Run by former Royal Marine Andy Emmett, along with several former senior Armed Forces personnel, the programme offers an alternative route to higher education that helps young people to mentally prepare for leaving home for the first time when they join up.

Managing Director Andy Emmet said:

“This is an extremely exciting time for Military Standard Training. The investment not only allows us to provide a better training facility for our young people, but gives us the means to to expand our offering and offer courses to help the unemployed back to work.

“The students who come through our doors often need guidance to push them in the right direction and to channel their energy in a positive way. They arrive as young kids but complete the course as highly focussed young men and women with a real sense of self-worth and pride in themselves and their community. We’re sure that this will continue across the new “back to employment” courses that we are offering.

The new centre aims to open its doors in time for the new academic year and an open day will soon be announced.



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