Priestley students meet MoD chief at Whitehall

PRIESTLEY College students have told a top Army General how the MoD’s outreach programme has made a difference to them.

Five students explained to Lt Gen Andrew Gregory CB, Chief of Defence People, how working with the MoD over the past year had given them lifelong skills and increased their confidence.

“They spoke very passionately about the difference it has made to them and their futures,” said Priestley Tutor Paul Mackinnon.

Priestley was one of 11 colleges from across the country that was invited to give a presentation at the annual celebration of the outreach programme held at the MoD’s headquarters in Whitehall.

They discussed how working with the MoD had influenced their career choices and given them additional opportunities to include on their personal statements.

During one exercise in college Andy Gillman MBE, who has delivered the programme since 2002, asked Public Services students how they would deal with a humanitarian crisis caused by war in the fictional country of Dacan.

“It was an eye opener for them to think through this kind of scenario and work out a response,” said Paul.

The students also visited the Ministry of Defence headquarters enjoying a tour of the building and speaking to officials.

Liam Hill, formerly of St Aelred’s School, said the trip may have proven a life-changing experience.

“Seeing the security around the place just made me think what a great job it would be so I am looking into that now,” he said.

Andy Gillman MBE added: “I have been supporting the students at Priestley for over six years by bringing workshops to the college and also hosting them in Whitehall.

“The welcome is always warm, the students are always a pleasure to work with and I look forward to hearing about their achievements in the future.”

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