A new military preparation college is set to open in Frankley later this month.

The 16th Military Preparation College opens on January 26th and will be based at Balaam Wood Academy, formerly Frankley Community High School.

The college will provide training in physical fitness, functional skills and self confidence, aiming to prepare its 16-18 year old students for entry in to the armed forces.

Huw Moores, Employer Engagement manager at the Military Preparation College, said that the training provided at the college would be beneficial to young people, even if they did not ultimately join the armed forces. He said: “We’re very excited to be opening our 16th branch of the Military Preparation College in Birmingham, and offering our special blend of active learning to local teenagers in and around the City. Our emphasis is on helping every young person achieve their full potential and instilling in them core values, skills and qualifications needed to succeed in life – whether or not that ends up being in the Armed Forces.”

Open Day:

Thursday 8th January 2015 10.30am-2pm

Entry requirements

There are no academic entry requirements, with places at the college being awarded to those who: “demonstrate a desire to learn and a will to succeed.”


The college is backed by the Education Finding Agency, meaning there is no cost to the student.


Applications to join MPCT Birmingham can be made at any time by :
• visiting or
• calling 08442 438438.

There is no deadline for applications, with new recruits being able to join on a weekly basis.

The average length of a learner’s stay is 27 weeks before they are ready to progress into employment or further education or training.

For more information on MPCT Birmingham at Balaam Wood Academy, visit their website


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