“Fantastic”, “wicked”, “inspiring”, “lovely atmosphere” and “a real eye opener” were some of the comments made by new recruits on a recent Amputees in Action Casualty Simulation Induction weekend.
Eleven aspiring amputee actors and five Special Effects (SFX) artists attended the two-day course, held between March 24-25 in Oxenwood, Wiltshire. The action-packed induction featured role-play workshops (pictured) and presentations by John Pickup (Director) and Sean Whittle (HR Consultant) about the agency’s services and future plans. Stuart Penn led the training with topic specifics from Sara Ferris (Sfx), and Richard Hunt (Administration). Karl Ives joined Stuart and Richard by supporting the practical elements on the 25th March 2012.
Guest speakers from the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and a recently retired serviceman from the RAF Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) provided valuable insight into their work and how Amputees in Action services enhance the delivery of their training.
Sean Whittle, Managing Director of HR and Business Solutions Ltd, commented:-
“Having worked for over 22 years in a Corporate environment I can hand on heart say it was one of the best induction courses I have ever attended.
The weekend was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Whilst fairly full on it was run very professionally by not only John, Kim and Kelly, but others who have been part of the Amputees in Action journey over the last few years. It combined a clear message with subtle humour, fun and most importantly a clear understanding of where John and Kim are taking this unique business.
The attendees were a mixed group from various walks of life from aspiring actors to dedicated special affect artists. Everyone threw themselves (in some cases quite literally) into all the presentations and exercises. I came away not only humbled by those who attended, realising Amputees in Action is giving them a very clear purpose and an actual career path which I am sure many thought they would never have.”