Abby Andrews is looking forward to the end of lockdown, so she can pursue her dream of a career in the armed forces.
The 17-year-old is currently in her second year at Telford College, having switched from her first-year childcare course to study public uniformed services instead.
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“I’m happy I made the transfer,” said Abby, a former Telford Langley School student.
“The practical challenges on this course have been incredible – we get to meet personnel from all of the services who give us career advice and help us to make the right decision about our futures.
“The best part for me is the physical training and all the trips we had chance to go on, before lockdown. I love keeping fit and improving myself.”
Abby said she had especially enjoyed working with the National Citizenship Service, including a residential trip which included teamworking and adventure experiences.
“Next year I am coming back to college to complete the level three second year, and then hopefully progress into a career within the services.
“I’m not 100% sure which direction I want to go in yet, but I’m sure I’ll know once I finish level three.”
She added: “Whilst doing this course I have learned to never underestimate myself, and to always push as hard as I can.
“My tutors are all former service personnel, and they’ve experienced what it’s like. That means they can give every student a real taste of what to expect when you start your career.
“Even if you’re not seeking a career in the services, this course is good for teamworking, communication and management skills, which are necessary in all careers.”
Archie Walkerdine, public uniformed services tutor at Telford College, said: “Abby has developed her confidence throughout the year and has developed into an excellent student.
“She works hard in her physical sessions as well as producing written work to a good standard.
“Abby is an excellent role model to other students with a real ‘can do’ attitude who’s not afraid to get stuck into any challenge – an excellent quality to have within the public uniformed services.”