A team of 2nd year SPEN graduates got to experience a simulated combat training exercise first hand when they visited a specialist engineering unit of the Army Reserve last month.
The 153 Recovery Company, 102 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (or REME as it’s more commonly known) invited the graduates to visit Exercise Rampant Lion in the Kirkcudbright Training Area where the Scottish and Northern Irish Yeomanry (SNIY) were demonstrating their combat role with other elements of 51 Brigade.
Nia Lowe, Strategic Workforce Renewal Manager for SPEN, said: “This was a fabulous opportunity for our Graduates to see reservists using their huge range of transferable skills in a simulated combat environment. Despite the awful weather from Storm Ali, it was a great experience for them, and we received brilliant feedback from the unit that they were a credit to the company and ‘a first class group of young people’.
“SP Energy Networks has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and we currently hold a Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award. This Covenant, and our successful partnership with 102 Battalion REME, means that SP Energy Networks supports staff who wish to join as Reservists and in turn REME supports us with leadership and personal development activities.”
REME is based in East Kilbride and Grangemouth and draws from a talent pool of Reserve Officers and Soldiers across the central belt of Scotland.
From maintaining helicopters, to recovering tanks and repairing the Army’s weapons, REME ensure that the Army’s equipment is ready to use wherever or whenever it is needed.