Since its foundation in 2014 The Motivation and Learning Trust has made 71 grants totalling almost £76,000. Of these 52 were related to welfare issues and these have amounted to over £3,000. Relieving Learner hardship is a priority and our dedicated Welfare Trustee Steve Williams is ideally placed to source assistance from local councils in addition to MLT financial support. This is particularly important where homelessness is encountered and a long term solution is desirable. Grants include £50,000 to part-fund two 4 day Battlefield Tours to France and Belgium in May and October 2018. This was for 160 Learners and staff from both English and Welsh MPCT colleges. A total of 3 MLT Trustees also accompanied the tours. Each year, at Christmas time, all MPCT Colleges hold a Christmas meal. This follows the Military tradition where the staff serve the Junior Ranks of the unit. MPCT Learner’s meals are subsidised by the charity, which for this year will total £3,000. Here are some examples of how we, as a Charity, have helped current and ex-Learners.

Michael Nothnagel

My name is Michael Nothnagel. I am 18 years of age and I’ve lived in Newport for the majority of my life. However, I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Antony Smith

I’m Antony Smith I’m 17 and from Newport. I left school at 15 with average GCSEs but before that I did Army Cadets for four years and had a lot of fun. I got to do a lot of cool things and I got to do most of the things that normal soldiers do like firing live rounds, Fieldcraft and a lot more. I also did my Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s award.

Dan Sheen

In 1999, Dan applied to join the army but was deferred due to an asthma condition as a child. He was encouraged to join the Military Preparation Course in Cardiff which is part of the MPCT we know today.