Students from Kirklees College’s Public Service courses were given an insight into Army life as they took part in an exhilarating 24-hour Army experience at Strensall Common.

Strensall Common Nature Reserve, just outside of York, was the perfect base for this experience as students undertook activities including night patrol, sleeping out under the stars and surviving on basic rations.

“This experience allowed the students to really get a taste for life in the Army and help them decide if this career path is the one for them. The experience was of massive benefit to the students and really helped them hone the skills needed to be a success on their course, as well as in the future,” said Vicki Bergin, Progress Coach.

The students were also able to learn from the experts themselves as they quizzed current serving soldiers who had just returned from overseas tours.

All the learners took on every challenge thrown at them and got fully immersed in, and enjoyed the experience, with some now considering a career in the British Army.

Kirklees College’s Public Services course enables students to experience what life is like in the public services sector, with the opportunity to develop their problem solving, leadership and communication skills, whilst learning from tutors who have worked in the industry to deliver hands-on knowledge and experience.

To check out this course, and all the others the college offers, visit one of their open days. The next ones are on Saturday 29 June, 10.30am-12.30pm at Dewsbury Centres and on Tuesday, 2 July, 4-6pm at all Huddersfield Centres.

They offer a chance to tour the facilities, speak to curriculum staff and find out about the wide range of courses on offer at Kirklees College including full-time and part-time courses and Apprenticeships.

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