The launch of a new qualification at Bicton College saw Principal David Henley abseiling from Bicton House on Saturday.
The abseil was at the start of a free taster morning for young students interested in the new action packed Uniformed Services programme starting this September. Visitors were able to test their skills on the low ropes course, as well as river crossing, canoeing and powerboating.
Representatives of the Army, Royal Marines and RAF supported the event, with the Ambulance Service and RNLI. Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service brought an aerial ladder platform and an appliance.
The Uniformed Services programme will be adding a new dimension to an already enviable portfolio of courses run by the Outdoor Adventure Academy at Bicton College.
David Henley said, ‘This is an exciting new qualification which is absolutely ideal for Bicton to deliver, building on our exceptional relationships with public service organisations such as the Marines.’
Nigel Stanley, Head of Academy said, ‘Public Services programmes are a natural progression for Bicton. The adventurous activities, sport, fitness, recreation and expedition skills involved are combined in a large part of our current outdoor adventure remit. With our lake, high and low ropes courses, climbing wall, acres of space and Woodbury Common close by, we have excellent on-site training facilities. I’d like to thank the local services for giving us their support at the very successful launch on Saturday .’
Regarded as ideal preparation for entry into the uniformed services, the programmes will provide essential preparation for students who would like careers in the police, fire, ambulance, prison and military services. Bicton College will offer courses at level 2 and 3, equivalent to GCSE & A Level.
The Bicton College lecturers will be working with a number of high profile organisations including Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon & Somerset Fire Service, the marines, army, navy and the R.A.F. to ensure students have a range of experiences. They will also discover the levels of fitness required in these careers and how to improve their own health and fitness. Regular practical outdoor pursuits and adventurous activities are part of the course, developing highly valued discipline, teamwork and leadership skills.
Anyone interested in the course or anticipating a career in public services is invited to a Course Advice Day on Saturday 7th May, visit www.bicton.ac.uk for more details.
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