Commandos salute Gateshead College students in skills’ challenge

The Royal Marines have dropped in on a North East college to put students training for a career in uniformed
public service through their paces.

The marines have been working with Gateshead College students competing in a 'Wipe-out Challenge' at the Academy for Sport designed to showcase the job and employment skills gained on the Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services' (UPS) course.

As well as competing alongside the marines in a fitness challenge the UPS students undertook several other activities to highlight the scope of subjects studied on the course and how it develops personal attributes like teamwork, volunteering and general knowledge.

These included a bush tucker trial where teams competed to identify disguised foods, problem solving and leadership tests and a quiz to test their political and citizenship knowledge among other things.

Students were also able to showcase their volunteering and fundraising skills, encouraging other Gateshead College students and staff to donate to the Great North Air Ambulance charity, which operates a fleet of helicopters flying doctors and paramedics to accident and emergencies across the North East region.

Gateshead College works closely with industry to ensure students get the best experience possible during their course studies.

Thomas Wilson, who's studying for his Level 3 diploma said: "It's great that we've been able to work with the
marines, whose dedication and hard work are an inspiration to us all.

"I'm really enjoying my course, which offers an innovative curriculum and gives me the skills and get experience that'll be very helpful for my future career."

Following the success of the Wipe-out Challenge, 70 students will be meeting the Royal Marines for a day at the Royal Marines Reserve on the Quayside on 1 May.

There, the commandos will engage the students in a range of activities ranging from rigid raider transits on the Tyne, wall climbing, games, leadership tasks and various physical and mental challenges.