Harrogate College played host on Thursday 21st May to the Army Outreach Team, where members from a variety of Cap badges based at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall visited Public Service students to give them a taster of what life could be like in the Army. The students got stuck in with the enrichment activities, which included command tasks, team building exercises, rock climbing and paintballing.
“The Army Outreach days provide the students with a taster of an environment that they could find themselves working in, allowing them to think outside the box and try things they may not have done before. They might surprise themselves!”- Says David James Pollock- Army.
The soldiers from the York Barracks brought along a mobile climbing wall for the students to negotiate their way up, using communication skills to help each other reach the top.
Curriculum leader Helen Garnham speaks of why she wanted to organise the event:
“Days like these offer the students a chance to meet public servants up close and personal whilst putting into practice what they have learned in the classroom. It allows them to have an insight into potential career opportunities whilst also having some fun!”
There was great attendance at the event and the students really enjoyed the day, which was organised as part of their Public Services course at Harrogate College.
“The tutors at Harrogate College are amazing, they’re so people orientated and I’ve learned so much from being here. Helen is the best person to help me through this course and on the right path to achieving my goal of becoming a Special Constable.” Says Alex Hinchcliffe, student on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services.
Stray FM presenter Will Smith was even spotted attempting to climb the wall, whilst putting together a segment for the Education and Training Show that goes out on Stray Extra, every Wednesday at 7pm.
“I’ve had a fabulous time here at the Army Outreach Day at Harrogate College but perhaps I wasn’t wearing the most appropriate footwear!”