Marines put OBA Students Through Their Paces

As part of OBA’s mission to raise the aspirations of our young people and offer them real-life, world of work experiences, thirty students from Years 9, 10 and 11 who had registered an interest in the armed forces, were recently selected to take part in a careers session led by The Royal Marines.

A team of three Royal Marine Commandos came into school and hosted fun, fast-paced activities focussing on the following areas;

  • A fifty minute formal outreach presentation focussing on a day in the life of a marine
  • Fitness training and circuits
  • Practical Leadership Task
  • Small static displays (rucksack packing etc.) and field craft demonstrations (tent construction, ration sacks, military skills etc.)

As a graduate employer, it meant that the Marines could also discuss careers options with students and help them understand more about a life without limits in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines. They also spoke to students considering a career within this sector on a more informal basis, and provided help with things like interview techniques for the civilian workplace.

The leader of the three Marines said:

Thank you very much for your hospitality today, it was lovely to meet you and hopefully we can work together again soon.  Your pupils were clearly very enthusiastic and also a credit to the school with their fitness.