The Derby school students braved sub-zero temperatures, icy water and a grumpy ram when they took part in a team-building exercise organised by students from Derby College.
The school children were tasked with carrying a weighted stretcher across two miles of the college’s Broomfield Hall campus where, along the way, they would also encounter landmines and casualties needing medical attention.
Rob Butler said of the exercise: “By working in collaboration with local schools and showing them what we have on offer here at Broomfield, we can help ensure that children do not go on to be NEET (not in education or being trained for work).
More broadly, our Public Services and Security Courses give the students a good foundation to work in careers in the Public Services, such as the armed forces, prisons, the police, the fire service and security.”
Beaulieu Watson, Head of Year 10 at The Bemrose School commented about the collaboration: “The main aims of the sessions at Broomfield Hall are for the pupils to explore further education, to raise the aspirations of the young people and explore the careers in public services.”
Luke Preston (18) is a Level Three Public Services student at Derby College. A police cadet from Mackworth, Luke has also won two awards – High Sheriff’s Police Cadet and the Police Cadet of the Year.
He is working towards becoming a Special Constable with Derbyshire Constabulary and is full of praise for the course: “I have really enjoyed studying the Public Services course.
“Those on the course have gone on to work for the police, mountain rescue, prison services and RAF.” said Luke.
Sana Mohammed, who is on the same course as Luke and has assisted in organising the course for Bemrose pupils said: “I have learned so much on the course. It’s practical and has helped me to decide that I’d like to be a detective one day. I’ve applied to various universities to study criminology.”
Fourteen-year-old Gabrial Lamb was one of the participants from The Bemrose School. He said: “There were five members in my team and we had to work together to get round the course.
“I really enjoyed it and my favourite part was carrying the stretcher.”
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