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Students Tested at Army Training Camp
Public Service Level 2 and Level 3 students at LMC, recently completed a three day ‘Exercise Lions Challenge’ visit to Altcar Army Training Camp in Southport. The Exercise Lions Challenge course was hosted by members of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, the North West’s family Infantry Regiment.
The aim of the course was to introduce students to a potential career in the Army, both regular and Reserve, whilst participating in challenging yet fun activities that both aid individual development and are CV-enhancing.
The students are treated like adult soldiers with high standards expected in return. Students have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight into what Army life is about and see the less glamorous parts of the job. The course also introduces students to some basic military skills and concepts including planning abilities, communication skills, leadership, teamwork and confidence. Students participated in tasks such as night patrols, section and laser attack exercises, parades, weapon inspections and command tasks.
Captain Alan Goodenough of the 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment based at Kimberley Barracks, sent a letter of praise about the students’ application and performance to the Public Service team at LMC.
Alan said “Having spoken to Sped this morning and from the small amount of your students’ work that I witnessed this week on the Exercise Lions Challenge, what a credit they were to you and the college. I did not see a single student that was not giving 100% all the time, given that they were from two separate cohorts I have not seen such excellent team cohesion in such a short time frame. The troops really enjoyed working with the students which makes our job much easier.
I have been in this job for four years and have seen over three thousand students on this course and can say without fear of contradiction that this group were the very best I have ever seen. We look forward very much to working with you, your staff and the students in the future”.
LMC Public Service Tutor Nick Clement said “The students really enjoyed the work experience visit to find out about life in the army and the practical and tactical thinking aspects really challenged them. The students deserve great credit for the way they applied themselves to all aspects of the programme'.
Public Service students said ‘It was a great experience that they really enjoyed and some of the practical elements were a real challenge. It is an excellent part of the Public Service course at LMC’.
Sport & Public Services Programme Area Manager, Gary Kelly, said “The students gained an excellent insight into army life during their work experience. They also participated in a range of tasks which stretched their abilities to the maximum including field training, command tasks and physical activities. The work experience gave the students an opportunity to hear about the potential career pathways and employability skills required for employment within the army. The visit also provided the students with an excellent opportunity to engage in a range of activities to enhance their personal and social development”.
Work experience is just one of the ways that LMC Public Services provide additional learning experiences and employability skills development for their students which run alongside their academic programme of study. Students also have the opportunity to access a range of experiences at LMC to enhance their future employment aspirations. These include European visits to Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Work Placement, National Citizenship Service Programme and working with school children from the local community.
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