HoW College students swap the classroom for hosepipes, helmets and hi-vis!


Heart of Worcestershire College’s (HoW College) Level 3 Public Services students removed the smoke and mirrors behind their future careers as they visited Redditch Fire Station this week.  

The students spent the morning completing a series of physically demanding tasks including elements of the firefighter’s recruitment test. The session gave the students a taste for the potential careers and the opportunities available to them once they complete their college course. With many of the students aiming to progress into the emergency services in the future, the activities really pushed them to their limits and ignited their passion for the sector.

Talking about his experience, Level 3 Public Services student, Charles Langham, said:

“It was a fantastic experience visiting the Redditch Fire Station. I hope to go into the services in the future so this experience has opened my eyes to where I need to be and what I need to achieve in order to pursue this type of career.”

Public Services Tutor, Stefan Overton, added:

“Many of the students aim to progress on to careers within the fire service, therefore, it was a fantastic opportunity for them to go down and meet Andrew and the team. The students gave each activity 100% and really pushed themselves outside their comfort zone. Well done all.”

Leading the day and on hand to answer any burning questions Watch Commander, Andrew Birch, guided the students through a host of different tasks and obstacles.

Commenting on the students’ performance, Andrew said:

“It was good to see so much effort from all of the students and the interest in the fire services. The students did really well and it was a pleasure to meet the group.”

To find out more about studying Public Services at HoW College please visit our website:

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AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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