These tasks break down barriers within the groups and introduce leadership skills. Trainees on the UGAS scheme get promoted quicker and paid more.

Warrant Officer (WO1) Scott Matthewson

At the RNLA, the group tackled carefully crafted exercises designed to test and encourage leadership abilities and boost team-building, skills essential for their future in the Royal Navy.

Warrant Officer (WO1) Scott Matthewson explained the value of the exercises. He said, “These tasks break down barriers within the groups and introduce leadership skills. Trainees on the UGAS scheme get promoted quicker and paid more.

"The Royal Navy is currently short of engineers and we don’t want them failing their leadership course because the accelerated training leaves them lacking experience.”

Leading Engineering Technician (LET) Owen Guy was part of the UGAS group and commented, “I’m going on LET course soon but I’d had no leadership experience within the Royal Navy. This helps you dive straight in without too much pressure but it takes you out of your comfort zone.”

Leading Aircraft Controller (LAC) Stephen Bergmann came to HMS Collingwood from his base at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall and agreed. “This course is good for the future of aircrew and the leadership experience is good. The best part of this has been the course leaders, they are really great leaders themselves and we can aspire to be like them and copy their style.”

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