Alex Draper, Uniformed Public Services

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If you're considering a Uniformed Public Services course but not sure if it's for you, read Alex's story to hear his experience.

Alex Draper, Uniformed Public Services

Bournemouth & Poole College Uniformed Public Services studentI have just completed Phase One of training with the Royal Navy. Involving fitness tests, learning field craft-skills and survival techniques, leadership training, naval general training and much more, this is the first stage of my naval career.

I really feel I was helped by my experience completing a Level 3 Uniformed Public Services Diploma at the College, a course which I believe can help anyone.

I feel very fondly about the course as it really helped to prepare me for the start of my career in the Navy.

Throughout my time on the course I formed a strong relationship with all the staff who taught me everything from Law and Legal Systems to Water Based Skills and much more.
My tutors were always incredibly helpful and helped me find a career path that suited me and that I am now enjoying in the Royal Navy.

Whilst the course is challenging, I believe this is an advantage as it means you have to develop a level of discipline which is required for anyone who is serious about going into the public services, whether into the military or emergency services.

I think it is important that this course actually helps you once you leave as well, and provides you with more than just qualifications. The course pushes you to get fitter, be more disciplined and to demonstrate determination and perseverance. However, the most important thing that the course taught me, which has helped me get through my first phase of training in the Royal Navy, is that nothing is ever out of reach if you don’t want it to be. 

This course is an amazing opportunity for anyone and I would recommend it to everyone whether you know your future plans yet or not. I wish everyone who undertakes the course all the very best and I hope you all get to where you want to be!