Did you know there is a place you can go to increase your fitness, confidence and most importantly get ready for a military career?

The Motivational Preparation College for Training (MPCT), which helps 14-19 year-olds prepare for a career in the Armed Forces, has been formally opened by Lieutenant General Bashall after moving from Farnborough to Aldershot.

Natasha Reneaux was at the opening and caught up with the students but first spoke with Managing Director of the MPCT Huw Lewis which you can hear above.

But what happens at Motivational Preparation College for Training and what are the core values I hear you ask?

The students are kept fit with two and a half hours of physical exercise every day. The MPCT improves the student’s literacy and numeracy up to GCSE level and they work on developing core values expected in anyone applying for the Armed Forces.

"All the instructors are ex-forces so they have a wealth of knowledge and it gives them a head start so they're able to support them through selection and then they have a far far greater chance of being successful at basic training."

At their new building in Aldershot, the students gave demonstrations of the unique style of learning, showing off their public speaking, active demonstrations and readings.

Don't just take the Managing Director's word for it. Callum is a big fan of what the college can do for his future career with the Royal Engineers.

"The facilities here are fantastic. It's the real stepping stone I needed to help me join the military with all the staff here as well as the fields, the equipment. It's the best place for me to be."

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