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Royal Marines and Air Force ‘raise the bar’ for Uniform Public Services Learners


There was competition and camaraderie when BTEC Uniform Public Services (UPS) learners switched their classroom teaching for a taster of Royal Marines Commando training and an introduction to careers with the Royal Air Force at Freemen’s Park Campus, on Tuesday 22 November 2011.

Royal Marines Commando training was a taster session for learners in the Uniform Public Services course.“This session is designed to give learners an insight into what’s involved in a career in the Uniformed Public Service,” explained UPS Lecturer, John Dilkes.

“Whether they are aiming for a career in the police, fire service or the armed forces; physical training and discipline is part of that career and this session demonstrates to them what’s involved.”

Three commandos from the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, took the BTEC UPS learners through a series of physical training exercises before splitting them into relay teams to compete each against other. There was much excitement as team members shouted encouragement to others on the relay course to reach for inner strength and adrenalin to keep going.

“I thought it would be easier but they pushed us to the limit and we really felt that we achieved something. Everyone’s expectations have gone higher, they have raised our bar,” said BTEC UPS level 3 learner Emily Bailey.

“I am extremely happy with what our learners achievement throughout our five-year relationship with the marines. These sessions have helped to build their self-esteem and self-confidence and help them to decide on their career path,” added Dilkes.

Royal Air Force orients UPS learners to careers in the air forceAfter the marines, the learners then had another session with the Royal Air Force.
This is the first year that Leicester College has teamed up with the Air Force, said Programme Area Manager for Sports and UPS, Stuart Allen.

“It’s important for all our sports and public service students to be advised about and gain valuable information regarding their potential career paths. Therefore these sessions are an excellent opportunity for students to learn about these service industries whilst supporting our local public service employers,” said Allen.

Many previous learners have gone on to join the marines, army or police while others have gone onto university to do degrees in criminology, law or sports. A previous learner was a serving marine commando in Afghanistan.