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Prior preparation is key for students’ military success

Published: February 18, 2019

Cornwall College Camborne

Students at Cornwall’s only Military Academy have been ensuring they are living the military phrase ‘prior preparation prevents poor performance’.

Part of the course, which is run at Cornwall College Camborne, is focused on interview skills, a key requirement when it comes to applying to the Armed Forces.

Thanks to a close working relationships with the local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) in Redruth, students are benefitting from a series of practical workshops where they learn essential interview techniques.

Leading the sessions were Corporal Jon Overend, Recruitment Co-ordinator, British Army Recruiting Group and Joe English, Lead Recruitment Advisor; who took each student through a vigorous mock interview to demonstrate the intensity and depth of the process.

“By conducting these one on one interviews the students are able to experience what they will undertake during a formal application,” Corporal Overend said.

“It allows them to make mistakes now, rather than at the official interview and it gives them the opportunity to think about any relevant questions and indeed how to answers set questions to their advantage.”

Tim Lean, Tutor, Military Academy Cornwall College Camborne said they are seeing increased numbers in students wanting to join the Armed Forces.

“Our Military Academy offers an insight into life in the military,” he continued.

“On this course students will take part in survival training, drill, physical exercise, leadership skills and of course learn about all the opportunities on offer, including apprenticeships, commission routes and more.

“We have had great success with students going onto join the regulars in all three services and our course is well respected and supported by the military outreach teams.”

Joe English, Lead Recruitment Advisor, British Army Recruiting Group said young people thinking about joining the armed forces would “certainly benefit from joining a dedicated course such as this”.

“It gives potential recruits a total overview of service life and helps arm them with lots of information and practical skills to make a more informed decision before applying,” he added.

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