Pupils soar dur­ing ‘cri­sis’ ac­tiv­ity

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

STU­DENTS from Macclesfield Col­lege took part in a cri­sis man­age­ment ac­tiv­ity to help train them for a ca­reer in the armed forces.

A group of pupils from the col­lege’s BTEC Ex­tended Di­ploma in Public Ser­vices en­joyed a day with mem­bers of the RAF.

The young­sters were set a desk-based ex­er­cise in which they had to co­or­di­nate a mock res­cue mission for a crashed Tor­nado air­craft pi­lot.

Cor­po­ral Gav Gard­ner and Sergeant Dave Tomkin­son from the Armed Forces Ca­reers Of­fice in Stoke came into the col­lege to talk to and help the stu­dents.

Un­der the guid­ance of the RAF per­son­nel, the stu­dents were spilt into teams with dif­fer­ing spe­cific roles. Cpl Gard­ner and Sgt

each briefed the stu­dent teams as the car­ried out the high pres­sure chal­lenge, of­fer­ing prac­ti­cal ad­vice and sup­port in or­der to make sure the mission was com­pleted as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble.

Adrian Web­ster, from the col­lege, said: “Dur­ing the ex­er­cise they had to learn to utilise their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tional skills while work to­gether as a team to suc­cess­fully com­plete the task.

“The ac­tiv­ity pro­vided the stu­dents with a valu­able in­sight into the role of the armed forces and the skills in­volved in co­or­di­nat­ing and im­ple­ment­ing large-scale projects. It will also be a ben­e­fi­cial ad­di­tion to the pupil’s CVs if they are plan­ning a ca­reer in the armed forces in the fu­ture.”

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