Students visit Culdrose
First year students on the Light Marine Engineering NVQ1 course at Falmouth Marine School paid a visit to RNAS Culdrose on Monday 2nd February.
The outing organised by their course tutor, is an enrichment day, which gives students an insight into the various engineering aspects of Culdrose.
The day consisted of a tour of the facilities by Lawson Tickell Business & Visits Officer at Culdrose. The tour included the engineering department, the maintenance section and the control tower. Students were particularly thrilled to be shown around the helicopters and the Hawk Jets. They were also allowed into the hanger where the Hawk Jets are kept and allowed to climb up to the cockpit to get an even closer look. Later they watched as a couple of the Jets took off from the runway on a routine flight.
While on the visit the students witnessed a number of Sea Harrier aircrafts sitting on the Culdrose dummy deck. The dummy deck is a life-size replica of an aircraft carrier used to train the Sea Harrier Flight Deck Marshallers.
Dave Spencer, tutor on Light Marine Engineering at Falmouth Marine School said: "This is always a good day out for the students, seeing some of the things they could eventually be doing once they finish their course and go onto employment. Feedback from students from this year was extremely positive and they all enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to all at Culdrose."
Tom Mackay, Press Officer at RNAS Culdrose said of the visit: "We are always delighted to have visits from local educational establishments. It's a great opportunity to give them a taste and enthuse them about a life in the Royal Navy."
The Light Marine Engineering NVQ1 is largely a practical programme covering all aspects of marine engines, installation, repair & maintenance, marine electrics, structure and organisation of the marine industry. If you would like more information about the course, please contact the college or come along to the next Advice Session on Thursday 5th March, 5-7pm at the College.
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College said: "These additional activities add to the student experience. It's important for students to see what careers are available to them, as well the attributes employers are looking for."