British Army: Charlotte Cox

Charlotte Cox is training for a level 3 NVQ in work-based animal-care with the Army

Melton Mowbray soldier, Corporal Charlotte Cox, 27, is training for a level 3 NVQ in work-based animal care. Before joining the Army, she had attained a number of GCSEs, but was keen to increase her skills and qualifications. She said: “I’ve become a lot more confident, outgoing and disciplined since working on my Army apprenticeship. My NVQ in work-based animal care is highly valued in the Army and is also recognised by civilian companies, so it’s reassuring to know that the training I’m receiving is for life, not just the Army. I always wanted to work with animals in the military so this apprenticeship is perfect for me.”

Charlotte has been given the chance to travel the world—she was chosen to take part in the Longlook Exchange Programme, which involved spending four months working with the New Zealand Defence Force. This is something she would never have had the opportunity to do without her apprenticeship. Charlotte was also chosen as an ambassador for the British Army’s apprenticeship programme, helping to raise public awareness about the largest employer apprenticeship scheme in the UK. Around 7,000 apprentices are set to complete their training this year alone, and around 18,000 are currently going through the Army’s apprenticeship programmes.

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