Students enrolling on Public Services courses will have the chance to scale new heights on an action-packed residential boot camp this September.
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) is running a four-day trip to Action Centre UK’s Pioneer Centre in Shropshire for students enrolling on Level 1-3 courses.
The centre, in the Wyre Forest in Clearbury Mortimer near Kidderminister, offers a wide range of exciting activities to help young people to develop their skills and confidence.
Activities at the centre include caving, raft building, climbing, abseiling, an assault course, a zip wire, fitness test, night trek, sports, team games and marching drills.
CONEL offers Levels 1-3 courses and a Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diplioma in Public Services at Levels 4 and 5 respectively, which are ideal for anyone considering a career in the Armed Forces or emergency and security services.
In May around 100 students enjoyed an activity break to Longridge Activity Centre in Buckinghamshire where they took part in various fun and exciting outdoor pursuits.
Aicha Drissi, 18, is returning to the CONEL this September to study for a Public Services Diploma Extended Level 3 and hopes to study criminology at university.
She said: “I decided to study Public Services as it’s my dream to join the police. My teachers have been so supportive and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
“We went on a trip to Longridge and took part in lots of activities like kayaking, raft building and rock climbing. It really improved my self-confidence, leadership and teambuilding skills, which will help in my future career.”
Public Services courses have also included past visits to the Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade, the Old Bailey, RAF Halton, Imperial War Museum and Crowborough Army Training Camp in East Sussex.
Mushtaq Atifi, 18, has just completed a Public Service Diploma Extended Level 3. He was among the students who visited Crowborough Army Training Camp.
“It has always been my passion to join the Army,” said Mustaq, who plans to return to CONEL to study Engineering before going into the military.
“The officers put us through some intense physical training and we camped overnight. Some people found it tough but the process helped them to get over their fears.
“I really enjoyed it. It gave me a real insight into what life is like in the Army, and inspired me even more in my choice of career.”
The trip to Action Centre UK’s Pioneer Centre will take place from 18-21 September.