Honiton teenager celebrates being fast-tracked into the army

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:41 21 July 2017

Tom Nesbit graduating from Bicton College.

Tom Nesbit graduating from Bicton College.


Tom Nesbit, 17, was studying at Bicton College's Military Academy when he was selected to join the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a recovery mechanic.

A Honiton teenager is celebrating after being fast tracked into a life in the army, despite their being few positions available each year.

Seventeen-year-old Tom Nesbit from Honiton was studying at Bicton College’s Military Academy when he was selected to join the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a recovery mechanic.

Having recently completed his rigorous phase one training, which covers basic soldiering skills, Tom completed his NCFE Level 3 qualification early so that he could start with the Army after passing his selection in January.

Tom started studying at Bicton College in 2016, joining the Military Academy which helped him gain the essential knowledge, skills and confidence to apply for the Army.

Scott Lawson, military, emergency services and security team lead at Bicton College said; “We are immensely proud of Tom and what he has achieved with us here at Bicton.

“He set his sights on the job he wanted within the Army, applied himself to our course and got himself to where he needed to be. Completing the course early wasn’t an easy ask but he took it in his stride and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Tom.”

Now going into phase two of his trade training, Tom managed to come back to Bicton to be awarded with his certificate of completion.

“I feel very lucky to have been offered my dream job as a Recovery Mechanic in the Army, and I was hugely honoured to be fast-tracked through the application process,” he said.

“I am so grateful to the team at Bicton who taught, mentored and supported me throughout my time at the college, and would recommend Bicton’s military academy to anyone considering a career in the forces.”

Phil le Grice, principal at Bicton College, said everyone at the college was ‘immensely proud of Tom and all that he has achieved’.

He added: “We are looking forward to hearing about him going on to do great things.

“It is fantastic that we have such high quality military and emergency services courses on offer at Bicton College, all taught by ex-services personnel with hands-on experience.”

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