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According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 5.36 million people are employed in the public sector across the UK - accounting for 16.5% of all those in paid work. And with the government announcing more money for schools, the NHS and the police, it could be a great time to start your public services career.

Studying Public Services at CONEL offers more than just a qualification. Students visit public services workers in action and are exposed to events like Pan London, where this year almost 70 CONEL students on our Public Services and Media courses played a key role in the successful running and planning of this massive event. It’s opportunities like this that helped CONEL gain a 94.6% student satisfaction rating and enabled 86.8% of our Public Services students to pass their exams.

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Mert Mustapha is just one of CONEL’s dedicated public services students and is on our Public Services Diploma Level 2 course.  “I chose to do a Public Services course because I’m interested in a uniformed career, such as a police officer. This type of job really sparked a call of duty in me. I want to make a difference and help the community.

“My friends recommended CONEL to me. I have really enjoyed my time here. It’s been fun and challenging and the time has flown by.  I’ve learnt how the uniformed services operate within our society, how they impact us, how they reduce crime and save lives. It’s like nothing else you can study.”

When asked what it is like studying at CONEL, Mert  said, “My teachers are vastly experienced and have been really supportive. They answer our questions and give real life examples of challenges they’ve faced in their careers and how to deal with different situations.

 “The course has also included trips to recreational activity centres and visits to police stations and courts, which give you the chance to ask questions to those working in these services. “I’ve improved my communication and teamwork skills, and best of all it’s given me a better understanding of life and prepared me for the real world.

“College life is really good. Everyone is friends with each other – there aren't any bad vibes. It’s been amazing so far, and I’m looking forward to progressing on to my third year at college.”

To hear more from another Public Services student, Jan Kurt, who was on our BTEC Level 3 extended diploma course last year, click the video below:

Completing a public services course at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) could lead you to professions such as:

  • Police Officer: Annual Pay £41,600
  • Police Community Support Officer: Annual Pay £26,520
  • Probation Services Officer: Annual Pay £29,120
  • Ambulance Paramedic: Annual Pay £41,080
  • Army Soldier: Annual Pay £18,125
  • Army Officer: Non-graduate cadets: Annual Pay £26,000
  • Merchant Navy Deck Officer: Annual Pay £26,000

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If you think that a career in public services could be for you, find out more here: https://www.conel.ac.uk/courses/public-services.html

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