Scent of success for Priestley alumni

Natalie Egan with George
Natalie Egan with George

THEY were alert, eager to please and responded well to instruction.

But it wasn’t the students at Priestley College who were put to the test last week – it was the visiting prison dogs who were demonstrating their skills.

Team members from HM Prison Manchester visited the college to speak to Public Service students about possible careers in the service.

They were joined by three dogs – including George the springer spaniel who demonstrated how he can sniff out drugs and even mobile phones.

“A lot of our Public Services students will be keen to join the police or prison service so an experience like this opens their eyes to the opportunities that are out there,” said Tutor Paul Mackinnon.

Around 40 students heard from prison staff as they described their job and how they achieved their positions in the prison service.

Among them was Priestley alumni Natalie Egan who, two years ago, was among the students watching a very similar demonstration.

Natalie, a former pupil at The Heath school in Runcorn, is now in operational support at the prison.

“I was fascinated by the job and I knew it was what I wanted to do,” she said.

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