Students from Banbury and Bicester College have been gaining insights into a career in public services, by assisting uniformed professionals in real life situations.
Highlights since the start of the year have included attending counter terrorist exercises run by Thames Valley Police, with the students playing an active role as hostages to help police with their training.
Students have also visited the base and Officers’ Mess at RAF Brize Norton and had several visits to HMP Bullingdon, to discover what’s involved in working for Her Majesty’s Prison Service.
Vince Clenshaw, uniformed public services teacher said: “By working in partnership with employers and giving students first-hand experiences in public services, we create learning programmes that meet the needs of industry and equip learners with the skills and attributes required for successful careers.
“Our college is one of the few that will take students into these real life employment situations. We do it because it motivates our learners and develops skills that will give them the edge in the employment market.
“We also have regular visits and activities set by the emergency services, Army, Navy and RAF; for example drills and teambuilding sessions.”