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College of West Anglia students at HMS Collingwood in Portsmouth ANL-150710-152508001

College of West Anglia students at HMS Collingwood in Portsmouth ANL-150710-152508001

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College of West Anglia (CWA) uniformed and public services department students have been given a taste of life in the armed forces, with hands-on experience at a Royal Navy training establishment.

Last month, 16 students and staff made their way to HMS Collingwood in Portsmouth to spend three days there as a part CWA’s Look at Life programme.

During the visit, students experienced a tour of the Type 23 Frigate HMS St Albans and were put through their paces with a rigorous assault course and fulfilled leadership tasks.

In true Royal Navy style, they also got to experience shooting, training drills, learned about Royal Navy ethos and they also completed the swimming test which is mandatory for all members of the service.

The Look at Life visits are very important for learners studying on public services courses as it gives them a first-hand opportunity to experience life in the armed forces – an insight which will play a significant role in helping students decide career paths.

Course director Adrian Kent said: “It was an outstanding experience that really opened the students’ eyes to daily routines in the Royal Navy.”

Uniformed public services are still recruiting for the current academic year, if you are interested, please get in touch with Lee Mallott.