Kingston Maurward’s Military Preparation course students have had three days’ hands on training with the Royal Navy at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton.
Students took part in a diverse range of activities across each department including air traffic control, radar, the Met Office, fire station, helicopter training and even had a forty minute ride through Somerset and Dorset and over Kingston Maurward College itself!
At the end of the course in June fifty per cent of students intend to go in to the Army and fifty per cent to the Royal Navy so this training is invaluable experience prior to their individual selection processes.
Kingston Maurward is currently the only college in the UK to offer military work experience and the Royal Navy is fully on board with helping to facilitate the course.
Student Amelia Sims said: “I had already decided to pursue a career in the Royal Navy so this training was really informative for me. I also got a chance to speak to a female warfare specialist – which is what I want to do – so it was really useful to find out from her perspective how the role is for women in the Royal Navy – it gave me great insight and reassured me that it’s what I want to do.”
Kingston Maurward College Military Preparation course tutor, Ryan Evans, said: “This is a one off opportunity for the students to get a better understanding of jobs in the Royal Navy and one that we couldn’t pass up – it’s priceless in terms of helping them make decisions about their future.”