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Largest training centre for Army cadets opens its doors

Cadets on display at the opening ceremony Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £7.2 million training centre for army cadets has been opened in Northamptonshire.

It replaces old First and Second World War buildings used to train cadets at Yardley Chase since the 1980s.

The new centre, partly paid for by the Ministry of Defence can accomodate nearly 200 army, air and sea cadets at any one time and is the largest training centre of its kind in the UK.

Army, air and sea cadets will use the centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The army cadets were first formed nearly 160 years ago. The aim to challenge and educate young people and to find potential military recruits.

One of the cadets using the new facilities Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cadets are sponsored by the Army, although they aren't part of it. Some go on to have distinguished military careers.

"It's not what the movement's about but certainly 15% of regular personnel in the army have been cadets and for reserve forces it's slightly higher, it's 17% so there's a natural pull through but in the charter of the cadets is promoting an interest in uniformed service and mentoring those people who are showing an interest."

– Major General Robert Nitsch General Officer Commanding Support Command

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Multi-million pound engineering training centre to open

A new £5.8 million engineering training centre for the East Midlands is being opened today.

The £5.8m new engineering training centre opens today Credit: PA

West Nottinghamshire College hopes the centre will be a hub for vocational learning in the region, with the aim of developing in-demand skills in youngsters to help plug employment gaps across a number of sectors.

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Loughborough University top for student life

Loughborough University offers the best quality of student life Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Loughborough University offers the best quality of student life according to a recent survey.

The university scored highly in terms of student satisfaction, employment rates and social life - around 94 per cent of final year students find a job or carry on studying.

The institution also rated well in accommodation costs and social life.

The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University also made it into the top thirty.

The poll was carried out as part of the annual Lloyds Bank Quality of Student Life survey, which uses data to rate universities on areas such as course satisfaction, accommodation costs, employment and earnings of graduates and social life.

Four parents ordered to pay £1,500 for child absences

Four parents of children at Solihull schools have been ordered to pay more than £1,500 for failing to ensure their children went to school.

One 15 year old pupil had clocked up a total of 76 unauthorised absences between March 3 and July 14 this year. Both parents were fined £135 and ordered to pay £150 costs plus a £20 victim surcharge - totalling £305 each.

The four parents all pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court Credit: Google Maps

Another child had 20 unauthorised absences in just one month, between June 2 and July 11. Their parent was fined £75 and ordered to pay £75 towards costs, plus the £20 victim surcharge.

And another parent was ordered to pay a total of £766 after their child was absent 36 times between June 2 and July 15. They were fined £400, ordered to pay £326 in costs plus victim surcharge of £40.

All four parents appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where they pleaded guilty.

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