Shivam joins the Army

Shivam Vadher studied BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 Public Services, finishing his studies with us in 2019. Since leaving Gateway, Shivam has joined the British Army to begin his initial training that will help become a Combat Medical Technician.

“My first Public Services teacher told me about being a Medic as he had been a Medic in the Navy.  From that moment, I knew that was what I wanted to do. I want to save lives on the frontline.”

Training has been a key part of his development to reach his career goal.  He is currently working on basic training that consists of high standards of cleanliness and time-keeping.

He has also been learning about the professional and emotional side of his role:



 Respect for Others



Selfless commitment

His training has pushed his to become physically fit while he takes part in exercises such as patrols, ambushes and field attacks. He also gets to sign up to outdoor pursuits that include rock-climbing and raft-building. What he finds fascinating is that he gets to take part in activities he really enjoys, exploring places like Menin Gate in Belgium and the Brecon Beacons where he can develop his skills and knowledge from, while he earns a salary at the same time.  

The teamwork aspect of his training has created opportunities for him to meet other army recruits. He recalls that he has met some of the best people in his career journey so far. He has bonded really well with them through exchanging encouragement for one another during exercise days.

Shivam finds peace and fulfilment in attending the Army Church. He likes to listen to the uplifting talks about wellbeing, irrespective of religion, presented by the Army Padre.  

His army experience has so far been life changing and he looks forward to continuing this journey in Medical training. Shivam thanks his teacher Public Services teacher Damien at Gateway College for his inspiration and continued support for his current achievements.

“My advice to anyone making their choices about their future is to do something you feel passionate about.  Listen to what your heart says and then get as much advice and knowledge about the courses you need to study as possible.”

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