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Army pass on life and employ­a­bil­i­ty skills to Col­lege’s Pub­lic Ser­vices students


An enrichment event involving the British Army saw Public Services students at Wiltshire College & University Centre take on a series of problem-solving challenges.

Students studying Public Services courses at Wiltshire College & University Centre benefitted from an informative enrichment event with the British Army at the College’s Lackham campus on Wednesday.

Members of the Army’s outreach team from Aldershot Garrison visited the site to speak with all students studying either a Level 2 or Level 3 Public Services course at Lackham, where they passed on important life and employability skills.

After starting the day with a career briefing where the diverse range of career options within the military were discussed, students then took to the playing fields at Lackham to tackle a series of problem-solving challenges designed to reinforce the importance of team work, trust, leadership and communication.

Ian Noakes, Lecturer in Public Services at Lackham, said: “It was brilliant to have members of the Army on site at Lackham to interact with our students and give them a better insight into what a career in public services or the military would involve. We’re grateful for their time and thank them for the activities they put on.

“We have strong connections with the military community and an event like this is a great opportunity for our students to interact with serving members of the military to explore what could be available to them in the future, as well as develop important employment skills like team work and trust, which were brilliantly brought out within the challenges the Army set up for us.”

Bombardier Singh from the Aldershot Garrison outreach team said: “It was great to come to Wiltshire College & University Centre and work with the students. They all showed real interest and enthusiasm in the challenges and activities. They all got involved and did really well.

“It is great to give students the opportunity to develop things like team work and leadership skills because they will be really important for any job they are looking to do in the future – whether that is in the military or not. Wherever their career takes them, the skills they learned today are going to be vital attributes to have.”

Courses which started this September at Wiltshire College & University Centre are still open to new applicants. To find out more about the Public Services courses available at the College, click here.

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