Student Watch opens career options

Thanks to Alton College teaming up with Hampshire Constabulary, 10 students have celebrated their new skills in a range of crime prevention techniques including registering valuables to a national database and advising fellow students on the dangers of drugs use.

The students completed the programme alongside Level 2 and 3 Public Services qualifications at Alton College and most are considering careers in the emergency services. Michael Penn, previously at Farnham Heath End School, hopes to study Paramedic Practice at the University of Surrey. He said: “The course was excellent and the team spirit was very high. I found it really interesting to go into schools and find out what young pupils understand that the emergency services do.”

Ryan Day, previously at Mill Chase School and considering a career in aviation, the emergency services or the military, added: “I enjoyed using the Hermes device to register people’s valuables on the national database. We learnt that by doing this, items are 70% more likely to be returned to their rightful owner if they are stolen.”

PCSO Stuart Day, PCSO Jess Hornsby and DCSI Dave Powell were at the awards ceremony along with Alton College Principal Jane Machell and Public Services teachers James Clayson and Jo Edmonds. DCSI Dave Powell told the students: “You should all be incredibly proud of yourselves; it is clear how much you have all benefitted from this journey on both personal and professional levels. This is the best Student Watch programme in the county and each of you will receive a personal reference from Hampshire Constabulary which will support you in your future careers and training."

Teachers at Alton College bring a wealth of first-hand experience to their students and the Public Services department is no exception. James Clayson currently serves for Northamptonshire Constabulary alongside his teaching duties and has inspired many of his students to pursue similar careers.