A new course is being launched at Cornwall College Camborne and is the first course of its kind in the South West. The Coastal, Community and Emergency Services course (CCES) is designed to take advantage of the unique challenges and locations around Cornwall.
As well as being a standalone course it feeds into the Foundation Degrees in Rescue and Emergency Management and Police Studies.
The BTEC Public Services Extended Diploma Level 3 will include visits to and training with the emergency and community services, volunteering and work experience within the local community, a mixture of theory and practical lessons, rope rescue skills and water safety management, personal development activities to improve the learners leadership and decision making, opportunities of valuable life and work experiences and annual visits to London and the Houses of Parliament.
The course is different from the military aspect of most generic public service courses as it sits alongside the Military Academy.
Team Lead for Military Academy and Public Services at Cornwall College Camborne, Richie Wilson, said: “Our new CCES course will prepare you for a variety of roles in the public service sector: specifically the coastal safety, emergency service and community service fields. Key to this programme is its delivery, not only in the classroom but practically, at exciting locations in harbours and on beaches, cliffs and estuaries. The course is taught in conjunction with employers and public organisations. We have close links with Devon and Cornwall Police, HM Coastguard and Falmouth Marine School. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are supporting the course with regular sessions running at their Tolvaddon HQ. We look forward to welcoming our new students in September.”
Applications for the full-time course, which starts in September, are now being taken. Those who complete the course could progress into a number of career fields including working in the police, ambulance, fire and rescue services, RNLI, HM coastguard and prison services.