Students swap classroom for Bodmin Moor

Public Services students at Truro and Penwith College took their education to the moors recently during a Royal Marines insight day.

With Rough Tor as the backdrop, the students were led through a variety of sessions and activities to give them an insight into life as a Royal Marine.

Students had to put their skills to the test during the poncho erection activity, which gave the students an idea of how best to set up their shelters. They were then treated to an intriguing lunch made up of MOD rations, which proved to be considerably tastier than expected.

It was then on to camouflage and concealment training, where the students were tasked with applying paint to their faces and learning the aspects of concealment. This activity prepared the students nicely for their last session of the day, stalking tactics.

After learning some mnemonics to help remember the tactics, the students were tasked with stalking through the dense underbrush without being spotted by the marines. While fun, the challenge provided the students with a fantastic hands-on experience that tested their physical ability as well as their tactical skills.

"This is another example of the Public Services course at Truro College working closely with potential employers. Whether this is armed, emergency or other public services, we believe in giving the students the best possible insight and exposure to these potential careers. This also enhances the outdoor education elements that are prevalent in the course and public services in general while having challenging fun. We find this stands our students in a strong position to join a public service of their choice or progress on to the Foundation Degree in Public Services here at Truro College,” said Tim Staynings, Public Services lecturer at the College.