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Bury-based company prepares youngsters for life in the forces

A local company which helps to prepare young people for life in the armed forces is celebrating its first success story, as one of its students gets set to begin his career as a solider.

Kayden Howarth is one of the first intake of students to sit the full time course run by Bury based Military Standard Training. Kayden, who has always wanted to serve his country, started the unique training programme last Autumn and is due to pass out of Army Foundation College in Harrogate this summer – having passed with flying colours and already being promoted from Junior Solider to Corporal.

Military Standard Training was launched last year to bridge the gap between young people leaving traditional education and starting military training. The company 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 and now managing director Andy Emmett, along with several former senior Armed Forces personnel, the programme offers an alternative route to higher education. It embraces military values and standards and covers a range of units including Military Knowledge, Fitness and Mental Strength and various Qualifications.

It began delivery in November 2016 after Andy Emmett recognised a clear gap in the market for a programme that helps young people to mentally prepare for leaving home for the first time when they join up.

Andy Emmett continued, “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 are all immensely proud of Kayden as he starts his new career”.

Military Standard Training are based on Marsden Street, Bury



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