Clitheroe soldier pioneers new Army award

Kingsman Naidan Holgate
Kingsman Naidan Holgate

A soldier from Clitheroe serving in the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment is among the first private soldiers in the country to benefit from a new Army initiative designed to build transferrable skills and qualifications.

Kingsman Naidan Holgate (23) received his Combat Infantryman Apprenticeship Award this week – a new qualification recognised by the Fire and Rescue Service, UK Border Agency, the Police Service any many other public service employers.

This new Army training scheme offers soldiers the opportunity to achieve civilian qualifications while serving in the Infantry, improving their employability for when they eventually leave the armed forces.

Kingsman Holgate attended Ribblesdale High School prior to joining the Army in 2012. He has since completed his basic training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick and subsequently joined 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Kingsman Holgate said: “I was never a pupil who got the best grades in school, I just wanted to join the army and be an infantryman.

“It’s been brilliant that I have achieved extra qualifications and improved my education just by being part of this.”

The Combat Infantryman Apprenticeship provides soldiers like Kingsman Holgate with skill sets able to transfer across many organisations. They are accredited in first aid, physical fitness, participation in adventurous activities, preparation for combat operations and maintaining competence and standards of conduct.

They use their own personal thinking and learning skills to achieve these accreditations and also achieve functional skills in English and Mathematics at GCSE level.