The Infantry Training Centre (ITC) is located at Catterick Garrison, within our Regional Prime Central contract, and is where new recruits to the Brigade of Gurkhas receive their basic training.
This year, the Gurkha recruit intake almost doubled and in February, the Garrison welcomed 430 new recruits who had made the journey from Nepal, keen to undergo training in basic soldiering and infantry skills as well as taking part in their culture and language package. During this period, Units of the Brigade of Gurkhas visit to explain the roles and responsibilities of their cap badges in order that the recruits can make an informed choice.
An important part of their training is to attend English language lessons, and in groups they are asked to research a variety of topics that revolve around British culture, military culture, British values and how they can successfully integrate into the Army and the wider society. They are then required to deliver a presentation to a diverse audience so they can significantly enhance their speaking and listening skills.
Amey staff were delighted to be invited to watch the presentations and were encouraged to ask ‘probing’ questions from a perspective other than the military. They were also asked to speak in different accents and at varying speeds, to really test the language skills of the recruits.
Andy Wilson, Amey’s Site Manager, was part of the audience and said “The event gave us a great overview of how Gurkha soldiers integrate into the British military and the wider UK society, and all of them demonstrated a good level of English speaking. It was evident that a lot of time and effort had been spent on the presentations and we were pleased to be given the opportunity to help support their transition into the British way of life.”
Capt P D McDougall, OiC English Language Wing, Support Battalion, Catterick Garrison, said “Thank you to Amey staff for finding the time to attend the sessions, ask questions and give feedback to the bright, young Gurkhas in the making. It is very much appreciated, not only by me but by the recruits who get a different perspective of UK life, and of course, the teachers who like to show off their pupil’s hard work.”
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