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Students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London have been enjoying a variety of seminars and interactive workshops with serving personnel from the emergency services as well as the armed forces.

The visits from the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Royal Navy, Army and the Royal Marines Commandos have provided valuable insights for students studying Public Services BTEC Introductory Diploma (Level 1), BTEC First Diploma (Level 2), BTEC National Diploma (Level 3) and also Sport (Level 3).

Some of the team building exercises during the visits included building bridges to support a sustainable weight, making mini motorised buggies and also fitness tests.

Learner Besime Durmaz (BTEC National Diploma Level 3) said: “I really enjoyed the visit and it was interesting listening to their stories but the fitness test, run by the Royal Marines, was hard work!”

Students were also able to taste standardised food rations (such as powdered food) for soldiers on the front line.

Nihaad Kapdi, Sports and Public Services Lecturer, said the visitors expressed their gratitude for the kind hospitality and said they really enjoyed socialising with the learners.

“We felt it was vital the students were able to develop team work skills as well as communication skills during the group activities.  We wanted each student to learn something about themselves during the activities,” he said.

There are plans to hold more joint events in the future.

Further information about courses in Public Services can be found on <a href="http://www.conel.ac.uk/our_courses/subjects/preparation_for_uniformed_services">our course information page</a>.

The courses provide extensive training to prepare students for employment in areas such as the police, emergency services and the armed forces.

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