Public Services students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have enjoyed a trip to the Ardeche in France as part of their course.

The College’s Uniformed Public Services programme is recognised as being a highly successful route into employment in the services, or to a variety of university degree programmes ranging from Policing and Investigation to Criminology. During the course, students learn about all aspects of life in the services, including the Armed Forces and the Police, Ambulance and Fire Services. A job in any of these sectors is high pressured and physically demanding and therefore, they require people who are both determined, hard working and dedicated.

As part of the course this year, the students were able to participate in a visit to the Ardeche region in France. Famed for its stunning scenery, it allowed the students to take part in a range of adventurous, outdoor activities including a 2 day river descent, where the students were able to camp overnight under the stars and sample a real-life expedition!

Section Leader for Public Services Neil Morville said, “Student feedback from our recent residential trip to the Ardeche has been fantastic. It was a fantastic opportunity to broaden their horizons by witnessing first hand another country and their customs and culture. We were lucky to enjoy great weather in the high 20s, which certainly helped on the river descent! I have been incredibly impressed with our students’ conduct and attitude during the trip, and have seen their independence and confidence grow throughout the trip. I have no doubt that many of these young people will go on to have exceptional careers in the services – or whatever they go on to do later in life.”