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Studying a diploma for Entry into the Uniformed Services at Northumberland College helped Georgia achieve her dream of joining the armed forces.

After leaving school in Cumbria, Georgia enjoyed the freedom college offered as well as the chance to meet new people.

Describing her time on the course as ‘fun and positive’ the former William Howard School pupil is thankful to her tutors for giving her the opportunity to try new things and take part in various exercises which mirror life in the Army.

“There was a positive atmosphere around campus,” said Georgia, who travelled over 60 miles each day from her home in Hexham to Kirkley Hall Campus and back. “I liked how the course wasn’t all theory work, but practical as well.

“The tutors helped with my confidence and self-belief, made learning enjoyable and gave real examples of life in the service. I’ve had the opportunity to get fitter and received help with physical training programmes and I’ve also really enjoyed working in sections taking part in field craft and navigation exercises lead by the tutor and the Fusiliers.

“This course has definitely given me an idea of what to expect and prepared me for the armed forces.”

Georgia has been successful in her application to join the Army, and is currently waiting to start he basic training.

She added: “I wanted to join the Army as a future career and the course  helped me developed my confidence, learn teamwork, problem solving, leadership skills, and improved my fitness by using the training facilities such as the assault course, climbing tower and adventure training opportunities.

“I have now been accepted into the British Army, Royal Logistics Corps, and I’m really looking forward to putting everything I have learned so far into practice and developing my future career.”

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