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St Helens College recently hosted their annual Armed Forces and Protective Services Careers Fair, which welcomed representatives from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, HM Prison and Probation Service, Border Force and their K9 Section, Blackpool and the Fylde College Fleetwood Nautical Campus and Merseyside Police.

The event, which had over 400 students in attendance, provided a fantastic opportunity for students to meet industry professionals, gain advice on job roles and entry requirements and explore potential career options.

Students had a go at target practice with the 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment and even had the opportunity to sit in Merseyside Fire and Rescue’s rig, which was parked up on campus.

The Royal Navy also displayed a replica model of an engine, which powers a Type 45 Destroyer and challenged students to create their own mock turbine, before testing whether their design could power a naval ship.

Public and Uniformed Services Tutor, Grant, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore the multitude of careers available in the armed forces and protective services including roles within catering, IT, engineering and business.”

Kelvin, Public and Uniformed Services Tutor, added: “We have so many fantastic links across the industry too, which means our students have the best opportunity to secure employment once they complete their course. We even have a previous student here today, who studied at the College over 7 years ago and is now in the Border Force!”

Armed forces and protective services take over St Helens College at annual careers fair