Military Academy students from Bicton College have been putting their skills to the test by taking part in challenging expeditions and navigational exercises across Dartmoor’s rocky terrain.
The students that are on the level 3 Military Academy course, had the opportunity to master their navigation skills within the beautiful setting of the national park in Devon. Their training involved learning about survival skills including: cooking, eating rations, washing, shelter, ambushes and how to handle certain situations.
Military student, Hollie Parker, said: “I really enjoyed the day and learning all about the art of navigation. The expedition itself was very challenging, but we all worked well together and learned a lot from it.”
The Military Academy course at Bicton College prepares students for a career within the military and public services sector, wider employment or progression on to higher education whilst also being a great way to enjoy outdoor and practical learning experiences.
Hollie continued: “I will use these new skills in the military and the experience has taught me lots. It has really given me a lot of confidence that I am ready for the public services and for future career opportunities.”
Military Academy Lecturer at Bicton College, Neil Harris, said: “This will greatly enhance employability skills and career prospects within the Armed Forces for our learners. The experience is invaluable for our students and it really does give them a taste of what to expect in the public services.”
Principal of Bicton College, Dr Phil Le Grice, concluded: “All of the military students can be proud of what they have achieved over the past weeks. It is important for our students to learn these life skills and for them to be prepared for future employment”.