Armed Forces Day talk about becoming a Reservist

26th June 2024


Captain Tim Illsley has visit Acres Engineering to talk about becoming a Reservist in the Royal Engineers.

The Army’s Royal Engineers Reservists are part-time soldiers who serve in the Royal Engineers while maintaining civilian careers. These Reservists perform many of the same roles as their full-time counterparts, providing essential engineering support and technical expertise to the British Army. The Royal Engineers (RE), also known as the “Sappers,” are a corps of the British Army that provide military engineering and other technical support to the British Armed Forces. Their role is crucial in enabling the mobility of friendly forces while impeding that of the enemy. The Royal Engineers are involved in a wide range of tasks, including construction, demolition, bridge-building, and bomb disposal, among others.

Captain Illsley gave an overview to Acres staff who showed interest in the possibility of becoming reservists.

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Managing Director Luke Parker gave Captain Illsley a tour of the manufacturing facility explaining the processes, the equipment and the skills used in making the creative engineered solutions that Acres delivers. Captain Illsley was impressed by the technology deployed, the future road map and the enthusiasm of the team at Acres.

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Are you interested in becoming a Reservist? 

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Are you interested in becoming a Reservist? Get in touch with Captain Illsley….

CAPTAIN TIM ILLSLEY |  Regimental Mentoring Support Officer (ReMSO) |  RRMT |  43 Headquarters and Support Squadron |  12 Engineer Group |  Chetwynd Barracks |  Nottingham | NG9 5HA

Skype: +443001516841

Voicemail: 0115 957 2171

Email: [email protected]


Acres Engineering Ltd is a pivotal contributor to the defence industry, renowned for delivering advanced manufacturing solutions and specialised equipment that are crucial for military operations. Their extensive range of products includes the design and manufacture of essential components such as stillages, trolleys, access platforms, workbenches, and kitting media. These items play a vital role in maintaining the efficiency, safety, and overall performance of military activities by ensuring that equipment and supplies are handled, transported, and stored effectively​ (Acres Engineering)​​ (Acres Engineering)​.


Acres Engineering’s role extends beyond manufacturing; they are also recognised for their robust support of the Armed Forces community. The company has been awarded the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award by the Ministry of Defence, acknowledging their exceptional support for veterans, reservists, and their families. This commitment underscores their broader engagement with the defence sector and their dedication to fostering a supportive environment for those who serve​ (East Midlands RFCA)​​ (Acres Engineering)​​ (East Midlands Business Link)​.


In summary, Acres Engineering Ltd not only supplies high-quality, innovative products essential for military efficiency and safety but also actively supports the armed forces community through significant contributions and collaborations within the defence industry.


Becoming a Reservist in the UK Army offers several benefits and opportunities, which can be appealing for a variety of reasons. Here are some key reasons why individuals choose to join the Army Reserve:

Personal Development

  1. Training and Skills: Reservists receive extensive training in various fields, ranging from leadership and management to technical skills. This training can be beneficial in both military and civilian careers.
  2. Physical Fitness: Regular training helps maintain and improve physical fitness, which can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Career Advancement

  1. Professional Experience: The experience gained as a Reservist can enhance a civilian resume, demonstrating qualities like discipline, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities.
  2. Networking: Joining the Reserves can expand your professional network, providing opportunities to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds and industries.

Financial Benefits

  1. Additional Income: Reservists are paid for their training and service days, which can provide a supplementary income alongside a civilian job.
  2. Bonuses and Allowances: There are various financial incentives, including bonuses for certain roles and allowances for travel and equipment.

Service and Patriotism

  1. Serving the Country: Many individuals join the Reserves out of a sense of duty and patriotism, wanting to contribute to the defense and security of their country.
  2. Community Impact: Reservists often engage in local community support and disaster relief efforts, making a tangible difference in their communities.


  1. Part-Time Commitment: The Army Reserve allows individuals to serve on a part-time basis, making it possible to balance military duties with a civilian career or studies.
  2. Adaptable Roles: There are a variety of roles available, allowing Reservists to choose one that fits their skills and interests.

Adventure and Challenge

  1. Unique Experiences: Reservists have opportunities to participate in activities and missions that are unique to the military, offering a sense of adventure and challenge.
  2. Travel Opportunities: Training and operational deployments can take Reservists to different parts of the UK and potentially abroad, providing opportunities to see new places and cultures.

Personal Fulfilment

  1. Camaraderie: The bonds formed with fellow Reservists can lead to lifelong friendships and a strong sense of community.
  2. Achievement: Achieving goals and overcoming challenges within the Reserves can provide a deep sense of personal satisfaction and pride.

These reasons collectively highlight why becoming a Reservist in the UK Army can be an attractive option for many individuals, offering a balance of personal growth, professional development, and the opportunity to serve their country.


Want to know more about Acres Engineering?

Acres work in the Defence Industry and support the Armed Forces.

Acres have a range of standard products but also support clients with custom machinery and medium-high volume products such as trolleys, stillages etc. 

We have manufactured lots of different tables / workstations / workbenches for various industries.

We also manufacture access platformsjigs and fixtures and many other types of production support solutions / products. 

Talk to us today about your requirements: [email protected] / 01332695240 / Contact Us Form

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