MET tutor receives award for meritorious service

A MET tutor has been recognised for his service and commitment to the Combined Cadet Force.

LT Neil Cockcroft was presented with Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex  Meritorious Service Award at a virtual ceremony on 27 October.

LT Cockcroft, who teaches on the College’s Uniformed Services course, had a decorated career in the Royal Navy, and developed the first stand-alone state college Royal Navy Cadet Force Unit at the MET, just three years ago. 

15 years after leaving regular service, he became a Commissioned Royal Naval Reserve Cadet Force Lieutenant and Contingent Commander, and he says that attending training at the esteemed Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, fulfilled a personal aspiration.

LT Cockroft said, “I feel very humbled to be recognised for something that I really enjoy doing. It is special to be nominated for the award by current and ex colleagues. I get great satisfaction from helping young people accomplish their career aspirations. 

“I accept this award on behalf of the Uniformed Services team. We have all worked extremely hard to ensure the experience and opportunities afforded to our learners are challenging and work relevant. We strive to offer our Uniformed Service courses in a way that is not replicated anywhere else in the country. We have received numerous accolades from the Armed Forces and Emergency services to support our success and the numbers of learners that are successful in joining the Uniformed Service of their choice speak for themselves and continue to grow every year”.

 “I am extremely proud to receive the award, and I would like to thank Sub Lieutenant Rachel Hilton, Sub Lieutenant Stephen Kingsley, Sub Lieutenant Daniel Harnden, the College management team and all of our local Uniformed Service partners, especially the Royal Navy, for their continued support, as the team strive to make the MET a centre of excellence for Uniformed Services”.

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