Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mark's the Man Who Will Hone Your Skills on Civvy Street

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mark's the Man Who Will Hone Your Skills on Civvy Street

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Byline: By Marie Turbill Evening Gazette

Fancy getting some training with military precision?

Give Mark Purvis a call.

The former soldier has launched a new training consultancy and his 22 years in the Army mean he really knows how to put his students through their paces.

Fortunately there is no shouting "Bad Lads" style in Mark's classes.

After all, he says, when it comes to civilian training: "You have to be a bit more subtle in your way of doing things."

However, his years in the Army certainly give Mark's classes an edge.

For life in the services has given him plenty of knowledge when it comes to subjects such as first aid, health and safety and security - and these are the courses he now offers as part of his business MPTC (Mark Purvis Training Consultants Ltd).

Mark, 42, explains that he was 18 when he first signed up. "I left school and went to college for a year but found I was doing more bunking off than anything else," he says.

So Mark left education and worked in a clothes shop in Stockton for several months before deciding to join the services.

"When I was a kid I was in the Air Cadets and always wanted to be a pilot.

"I also liked the rough and tumble side of things."

The day he decided to sign up he stood in front of the Army and RAF recruiting offices in Middlesbrough deciding which to go in. "Because I liked the rough and tumble I chose the Army," he says.

Mark did his 12 weeks training at Strensall in York.

"It was my first time away from home. It was just like you see on Forrest Gump," he says. Little did he know this was just the beginning of what would be 22 years of service.

Looking back at his Army days, he says: "I totally enjoyed it and I really miss it."

Mark was posted to Osnabruck in Germany with The Green Howards. It was there he met his wife Heiki.

In 1987 Mark became a military training instructor, a post he held for 18 years.

"Every three years I would get posted between Germany, the UK and I did a tour of Cyprus," he says.

His job involved teaching skills such as shooting, how to do the drill, field crafts, abseiling and map reading. …

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