I am Sergeant Jonathan ‘Griff’ Griffiths, I have been in the REME for 14 years, during which I have been an Armourer and Metalsmith, completing two basic courses and two class one courses. I am currently training to become an Artificer*
In October 1997 I arrived in Bordon for the first time to begin Metalsmith trade training. I began my Metalsmith course in January 1998 and after long stand-downs due to the training facilities being upgraded to health and safety standard I completed Metalsmith trade training in December 1999.
I joined 6 Battalion REME based in Tidworth garrison as a Lance Corporal after being promoted in November 2001, I was posted to 7 Transport Regiment RLC in September 2003. Soon after my arrival, I was returned to SEME to complete my Metalsmith class one course from February 2004 to July 2004. I was then promoted to Corporal on posting to 16 Tank Transporter Squadron. In October 2005 I attended my PAAB and passed first time.
After being selected from ASCLB in 2007, I began re-trading to Armourer and completed a basic course followed soon after by my Armourer class one course both courses covering the period April 2007 to September 2008, on completion of my class one I was posted to 4 Close Support Battalion REME, whilst in this post I was selected for Artificer loading and began my course in August 2011.
29 May 2012
Halfway and holding in there – no obstacle too big
“The British military has an abundance of tough courses to attend. The REME Artificers course is definitely one and the selection process is extremely hard. The key difference between this and most other courses is that the course is not physically challenging.
1 March 2012
Back to school: Five months on the Artificer’s course
“After being on the course for five months and settling into the daily routine, the course demands are beginning to move up a gear. The course has just completed level 3 maths and science exams, which for me personally is a major hurdle that is a milestone in the course.”
7 December 2011
Back to school: First steps to becoming an Artificer
In Sgt Griffiths’s first blog as a trainee Artificer he joins the course at Bordon and soon settles into classroom life.
*Artificers receive advanced training in their trade and are able to pick up a range of further qualifications such as the BTEC Higher Diploma, HNC, HND or BSc degree. Artificers are then able to progress even further up the ranks with successful completion of the intensive Artificer course leading to Staff Sergeant and the opportunity to then progress to Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1). Being an artificer can also lead to an Officer’s commission and leadership training at RMA Sandhurst, after which it is possible to become a Chartered Engineer.
More at this link: www.army.mod.uk/reme/career/18066.aspx