Most people come to college to study a ‘course’ but end up doing so much more. This doesn’t happen by chance it happens by design. Principal, Darren Hankey explains “Our mission is to transform students’ lives. This on its own might sound impressive but what does it mean? We explain that this is to develop the knowledge, skills and gain the qualifications that will go some way to aid success but also to enhance and develop the behaviour, attitudes and confidence to exploit those new found skills.”
Enrichment is one of many ways in which the College does this. The weekly timetable sessions are a staple part of a young person’s programme of study. In some cases these sessions feature industry links, in others they work on skill development and often they develop the common skills of teamwork, communication and leadership. Through the guidance of new staff member and highly experienced outdoor leader, Gavin Munkley, students are doing just that.
Gavin said, “Whether it’s orienteering, climbing, kayaking or walking, getting outdoors is a great way to develop those key common skills. In every session we are pushing our students outside of their comfort zone, getting them to work with and support one another. I often see the most shy and timid emerge as a great leader by the end of one of our sessions.”
Students from across the College benefit and not just those, like Sport and Public Services, that have obvious links. One of those other areas is Plumbing with Lecturer, James Lindsay, explaining “This group of students have had a challenging couple of years, learning remotely and missing the interaction of the College environment."
We are lucky to have Gavin and our students have really benefited from the enrichment he runs. He’s had them orienteering and climbing and we can see how their teamwork and communication skills have really improved. It’s benefitting them in the classroom and the workshop as well as in enrichment.”
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