Tough day out for graduates

December 23, 2015

Royal Navy Reservists from HMS Scotia put a group of industry colleagues through a tough training regime at Rosyth. 

Around 60 graduate joiners from security technology company Finmeccanica-Selex took part in a number of challenging, interactive activities run in a bid to increase their customer awareness while enhancing their team-building skills.

The event was a specially tailored all-day training opportunity which saw the graduates working in teams to tackle exercises overseen by HMS Scotia personnel which are typically used to build the skillsets of Royal Naval Reserve recruits. Activities ranged from sea survival in a swimming pool to firefighting and damage control in a simulated crisis where a chemical, biological or radiological threat has been identified.

Tereasa McKay, Selex’s Graduate and Apprentice Development Manager UK, said: “The challenges our graduates faced on the day will help them contribute to the development of technology to give the operational advantage to our customers. We’re grateful to the Ship’s Company of HMS Scotia for coaching us through these experiences, which will no doubt have an enormous impact on the new graduates’ business awareness.”

Commander Andy Poulton-Watt, Commanding Officer of HMS Scotia is also Head of Strategic Electronic Warfare Campaigns at Selex, and commented: “It has been a privilege for my ship’s company and I to support the delivery of an element of training to these new graduates. 

“They have enjoyed a day of damage control, leadership tasks, weapon handling and life-raft drills in an environment outwith Selex, meeting as a single cohort for the first time since joining the company. 

“Whilst they may have got cold, wet and a perhaps a little tired, I do hope that they had some fun on the way!

“I wish them all the very best for their careers with Selex and look forward to working with some of them in the future.”