On Wednesday 9th May, when the Blue Skies programme visited RAF Brize Norton, students from Carterton Community College were given the opportunity to learn what makes a good presentation and to practice their survival skills.
The group were split into two, and one group went to visit the SERE section to learn about survival skills, while the other went to No. 99 Squadron to visit a C-17 Globemaster. The students were given a 45 minute tour of the aircraft and details of the aircraft including it's Aeromedical role. The other group were given tasks to test their problem solving and survival skills. Both groups were then given an hour’s preparation time before using their newly acquired skills and delivering a group presentation. The students really enjoyed the experience and it was great for us to see their confidence grow throughout the day.
Blue Skies is the Jon Egging Trust youth engagement programme which inspires, challenges and equips young people to overcome obstacles that have been getting in the way of them succeeding and being the best they can be. The programme works with 13 - 16 year olds, for four months a year, over three years, and sees a significant increase in confidence, communication and team work skills within the first year.