Royal Engineers, a corps of the British Army, has resumed training after offering support to Covid-19 response efforts.
The move began with reintroducing trade training programme for 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment (1 RSME Regt).
The training programme incorporated several new measures to ensure the safety of students and their instructors. It includes implementing an enhanced hand washing regime and placing all desks and workbenches 2m apart from each other.
Additionally, meal breaks were staggered to limit occupancy at the canteen.
The 1 RSME Regt provides trade training to the trainees on construction, engineering and watermanship areas. The transferable skills that they imbibe also make them highly employable after they leave army.
Such skills also supported the personnel when they started supporting the health service to combat Covid-19 outbreak.
Recently, the unit was directed to design a vehicle that will help in transporting equipment.
Royal Engineers 1 RSME Regt instructor sergeant James Cronin, who was also involved in building the first prototype vehicle, said: “We had to take a basic van and remove the seats. Then, the whole of the rear was then lined with a vinyl flooring that could be sanitised after each use. Additional power supplies were built in and refrigeration units installed.
“We had carpenters building the frames, electricians fitting out the refrigeration and power supply, and fabricators to install shelving for additional PPE storage. The range of skills within our unit crucial to the army’s capability.”