A former soldier from Liverpool is using his military skills in a bid to improve the attendance, behaviour and wellbeing of school pupils across Merseyside.Wayne Forsyth and UK Military School co-founder Sam Ball-Taylor, have employed 20 ex-servicemen and women to become tutors, delivering bespoke academic programmes to more than 6,000 pupils across 60 schools in the North West since 2009.They run bushcraft activity days, assault courses and give motivational speeches, using “fun but disciplined” tactics.
British universities have opened their doors to allow the armed forces to make 341 visits to recruit students in two years. In response to a Freedom of Information request by the Guardian, the Ministry of Defence reveals the extent to which the armed forces is focusing on universities to enlist students to the army, air force and navy. Its figures show Birmingham has welcomed more recruiters than any other university, with 20 visits since the start of last year.
Liverpool has the third highest number of young people not in education, work or training in the UK, new figures reveal. Almost 10% of Liverpool youngsters aged 16-18 are classed as NEET, Not in Education, Employment or Training, according to a Department for Education (DfE) study.
Youth unemployment figures published this week have underlined the contrasting economic fortunes of two cities an hour’s drive apart, with Wolverhampton having one of the highest jobless rates for 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK, and Coventry one of the lowest. The Guardian visited the two cities to find how their paths have diverged and why young people appear to have such comparative success in finding a job in Coventry, while the story is so different in Wolverhampton.
Liverpool has been chosen to host the national event for Armed Forces Day in 2017 because of its track record of hosting public spectaculars. The day – which takes place on Saturday, June 24 next year – is a chance for people to show their support and salute the UK’s serving troops, veterans, cadets and service families.
Playing war-games in the woods has become an ever-more popular pastime in Poland as thousands of young people join paramilitary groups to defend their country against possible invasion. Others – so-called “preppers” – are building bunkers and storing food supplies so their families can survive any disaster. Now the government plans to recruit such enthusiasts into a state-run volunteer defence force – to counter a possible Russian threat. But are the authorities stoking fear – and creating an amateur force that’s no use in 21st Century warfare? Tim Whewell reports from the forests of north-eastern Poland, close to the Russian border.