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)
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
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
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
marines, whose dedication and hard work are an inspiration to us
"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