Uniformed services students from the College of West Anglia Isle Campus have been completing valuable work experience within the college’s very own staff network.
Students who are training towards joining the police, military police and security services have been walking the beat alongside the college’s security staff, in every aspect of their daily routine.
The students are completing around 6 hours volunteering a week around their normal college learning time and have all found it immensely beneficial and a great asset to their CVs.
Student Charlotte Rose (17) from Wisbech, is hoping to join the police force on completion of her qualifications.
She said: “The course and the added work experience is really preparing me for life in the police force. It has given me practical skills such as operation of CCTV and communication equipment, as well as giving me the confidence to deal with situations which have the potential of being confrontational”.
Charlotte who was previously home educated admitted: “It would have been a huge step to join the police straight away. The course has given me much needed communication skills and life experiences along the way.”
Charlotte hopes to start volunteering as a special constable this summer, to further her prospects of joining fulltime police force.
Charlotte has been working alongside fellow students Daria Kowal, 16, from Lynn, and Jay Withers, 20, from Wisbech.
Daria was unsure which service she wanted to join, but since completing the work experience it has made her realise her potential of joining the police.
Jay was confident he wanted a career as a police officer, but since starting the course has decided to join the RAF military police.
Jay said: “The continuous advice and guidance given by the teaching staff, who have all worked within the services is invaluable”.
Security officer at the Isle campus, Paul Norman has been mentoring the students during their time with him, he said: “The students have conducted themselves extremely professionally.
“Dealing with students from their own peer group, cannot be easy for them but they know that it would be a reality of joining an organisation such as the police force.”