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RAF Make A Flying Visit

The RAF were invited into the Academy this week to put the BTEC Uniformed Public Services group through their paces.

Flight Lieutenants Mal Gavin and Sergeant Del Penman spent the day with the students, leading outdoor teamwork sessions and giving a talk about the military service.

The Academy is the secondary school in the county to offer the  BTEC Uniformed Public Services course, which has once again proved popular with 23 students enrolled.

The course gives an introduction to the uniformed public services and is perfect for students who are considering a career within the police or fire service or any of the military services.

After the day's events Flight Lieutenant Mal Gavin, who is in charge of RAF outreach services for the East Midlands area  said: "We had great interest from the students and at the Q & A session at the end of the day 80 per cent of the students asked careers based questions.

"We have not come in to recruit but to give out information about the RAF which may lead the students to consider a career in the RAF.

"There are more than sixty jobs within the RAF, from pilot to chef and from doctor to driver."

Tony Segalini, who runs the course said: "It was great to have the RAF in for the day and the students enjoyed the activities. Throughout the course we will give the students an introduction to all of the various public services and there will also be the opportunity to go on teamwork and skills based trips to places such as Rutland Water and further afield."